Our basic beliefs

We believe that you are meant to have a life-giving relationship with the God of the Bible and are designed to be a part of God's people through involvement in the local church. 

We uphold the Bible as God's inspired word, the Biblical view of God as three persons in one, faith in Jesus as the only way to God, the church as God's chosen instrument, and obedience to Jesus as the most fulfilling life available. 

We also believe that all people are created in God's image and therefore have inherent dignity and worth regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

You will find more details on our beliefs below. The list below is by no-means comprehensive, so if you are curious about something that is not listed, please email us at pastorjames@grasslakefwc.com.


God

We believe in the Trinitarian God. That God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God, three persons - who are each fully and equally God in eternal relation with each other. 

What do we believe God is like? A wonderful description of the complexity of God is seen in Exodus 34:6-7

The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.
— Exodus 34:6-7

The God of the Bible is loving, kind, compassionate, slow to Anger, and full of grace. Yet he is also just and holy.

JEsus

We believe that Jesus is both fully God and fully man and that he was a historical person. 

We affirm the Apostle’s Creed when it says that Jesus “was born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. The Third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty. For thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.”

It is through Jesus that we have full access to God and through faith have been adopted in God’s family as his children and heirs.

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is a person, not an impersonal force. The Holy Spirit dwells with believers, and is at work helping shape believers into becoming more and more like Jesus.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the authoritative guide for the Christian life (2 Tim 3:16). 

We affirm verbal plenary inspiration, which means that we think the very words of scripture are inspired by God. As Millard Erickson wrote, “By inspiration of Scripture, we mean that supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit on the writers of scripture that rendered their writings an accurate record of the revelation or that resulted in what they wrote actually being the Word of God”

Because we believe that the Bible is inspired by God, we believe it to be the authority for the Christian life. It defines what we know to be true about God and how we are to follow him. 

We also affirm that scripture provides vital spiritual nourishment for the Christian life and that regular reading, and studying of scripture breathes new life into us and helps transform our hearts and minds. That is why the preaching of scripture is a central element to our weekly worship.

The Gospel

We believe that through faith, we are united with Jesus’ death and resurrection, receiving forgiveness of sins and righteousness before God. Through faith we are adopted into God’s family and receive eternal life.

“The gospel is the good news that the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of the never-boring, ever-satisfying Christ is ours freely and eternally by faith in the sin-forgiving death and hope-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
— John Piper

For a fuller description of the Gospel, check out this blog post by John Piper.

The Church

We believe that all Christians are meant to be a part of the Church. The church is the body of Christ. It is the unified group of Christ followers who seek to worship and live for the God of the universe. We are all meant to be a part of this through participation in a local church. The church helps us grow in our love for God, grow in our love for others, and it provides opportunities for us to share the love of Christ through service. We also receive encouragement, teaching, and accountability from our church community. 

The Life of Obedience

Christians are called to a radical life of self-sacrifice. We are called to die to ourselves and live for God. This means that we strive to live the way Jesus teaches us to and to let his mission and priorities drive our actions. No Christian is perfect and that is why we need to belong to the church. The community of the church helps us grow in our obedience to Jesus. True joy is found in radically following Jesus.


 

Our Theological Affiliation

Family Worship Center is affiliated with the Church of God, Anderson IN (jesusisthesubject.org).