We believe that the Bible is God's inspired word, unchangeable, and without error. We believe that the sixty-six (66) books of the Old Testament and New Testament are the complete and final canon of the Bible. There is no new revelation. We believe that every word in every part of the Holy Scriptures in the original documents, both Old and New Testaments was divinely inspired by God. The Bible is, and will absolutely be, our first and final standard for all we say and do.
(1 Cor 2:7-24, 2 Peter 1:16-21, 1 Thess 2:13, 2 Tim 3:14-17, Mat 5:18; 24:35, John 16:12-13; 17:17, 1 Cor 2:13, Heb 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that God is the loving creator of all things, and having all power and majesty. God exists as the trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires a relationship with all persons and to accomplish this, continually invites everyone into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning, and of service. He hears and answers prayer and saves us from hell.
(Deut 6:4, 2 Cor 13:14, Gen 1:1-31, John 14:6-9; 14:15&17; 16:7-15, Mat 28:19, 1 John 4:9-10, Eph 3:9)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only Son of God, become man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross, atoning for our sins as a substitute sacrifice. He was buried, rose bodily again from the dead on the third day, and He ascended into heaven. He is now in heaven as our High Priest interceding for His people. We believe, according to His Promise, that He is coming again to gather His church in a pre-tribulation rapture and that we will reign with Him forever.
(Col 1:13-23; 2:8-14, 1 Cor 15:3-8, 1 Cor 15:51-58, John 1:1-2, Luke 1:26-35, Rom 3:24; 8:34, 1 Peter 1:3-5, John 14:1-4, Heb 1:1-3; 7:25; 9:24, Acts 10:42-43, 1 Thess 4:13-28, 1 John 2:1-2, Rev 3:10; 20:6, Luke 21:36, Isa 26:19-21)
God, the Holy Spirit, comes to live with all who believe in Jesus Christ. He personally convicts us of our sin so we can return to a proper relationship with God. We receive and access the power of the Holy Spirit by His filling. He teaches, comfort, and empowers us. The Holy Spirit gives each follower individual gifts. He seals us in Christ for eternity.
(Rom 8:29; 5:5, 1 Cor 12:12-14, Eph 1:13-14; 3:16; 4:3-4; 5:18-20, John 14:26; 16:7-14)
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice; salvation comes to people on the basis of God's grace through their faith in Jesus Christ alone. Through sin, our intended relationship with God is broken and we experience the destructive consequences of separation. We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually and eternally reborn. We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be kept by the power of God forever secure in Him. Those who reject Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God. We further believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, and caring for and reaching out to others.
(John 1:12; 11-21; 5:24, Eph 2:1-10, 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18, Titus 2:11-14; 3:3-8, Rom 3:9-28; 6:23; 8:1-2; 8:38-39; 10:9-10, James 2:14-26, 1 Cor 1:4-8)
We believe that the local church membership is composed of born again believers, baptized by immersion in water. We are dependent on God, joined in love, believe in the power of prayer, and under the authority of the Bible. We are united for the purpose of the worship of God, the fellowship of believers, and sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ to others.
(Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27, 1 Cor 12:12-14)
We believe in making disciples not simply making converts. The practices of our people and the programs of Grace Baptist Church will at all times be driven by a commitment to fulfilling the great commission through the great commandment of love. This practice begins in our Jerusalem (Otero county), and extends to our Judea (New Mexico/southwest Texas), our Samaria (America), and to the ends of the earth.
(Mat 28:18, 1 Cor 12:12-14)
Our Pastor and His Wife. . .
Joe & Judy Bryant