Social Values

Social Values Statement

We, the Elders and Pastors of Grace Baptist Church, believe all people are 1) created by God for his glory and 2) are  most satisfied  when  he is  most glorified.  Further, we recognize  our responsibility to lead our church family according to the truth of God’s Word. Lastly, and most importantly, we are committed to the  Gospel  of  Jesus  Christ  by  which  every  heart  can  be  purified,  every  sin  forgiven,  and  every  life transformed into one of beauty, peace, and eternal life.

We  recognize many  current social issues are  complex and  pose  a  challenge  to  individuals and  to  the church. This is a broken  world where  the  deceitfulness  of sin with its  promised pleasures can too easily lure people into compromised thinking and destructive behavior.

We recognize that some in our family may bear scars from past decisions and actions. We also strongly believe  and  teach that  no  behavior  lies  outside the  forgiving  grace  of  Jesus  Christ  for  those  who acknowledge and turn from their sin. We also believe that recognizing and resisting temptation in the first place is greatly preferable.

While  we intend  for Grace  Baptist  Church  to  be  a  safe  place  for  ongoing  growth  and  discussion,  we affirm the following convictions concerning the social issues of our day so that all who attend our church will  know  where  we  stand  and  what  we  will  teach  on  the  various  subjects. The  Scriptural  support provided for each section is to be understood in its broader context
and also as representative of the vast biblical material that could be presented as grounds for our beliefs.

The Love of God
We believe our God is known for his relentless love for his creation and especially for the souls of men and women and boys and girls. It was this love that moved him to extend redeeming, forgiving grace to all humanity through the person and work of Jesus Christ. We believe that everyone – regardless of their past – can be forgiven and accepted before Almighty God, and adopted into his eternal family through sincere repentance from sin, and trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 86:15; Ps. 136:26; John 3:16-18; Ephesians 2:4-7; 1 John 3:1

Creation
We believe our world was created by God, is separate from God, and reflects the glory of God, even in its fallen state. We believe humanity was created to image the Creator and represent him as rulers and caretakers of his world. As God’s new creation, Christ-followers are privileged to care for our environment in a way that testifies to the watching world of God’s redemptive plan that one day will result in new heavens and a new earth. Until then, we believe we have a responsibility to God to care for creation in a way that is honoring to our Creator and beneficial for our neighbors.
Psalm 19:1; Genesis 1:26,27; 2:15; James 3:8,9; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 8:18-23; 2 Peter 3:11-13

Humanity
We believe mankind descended from Adam and Eve who were specially and uniquely created and intentionally designed as male and female to bear his image as the crowning work of creation. As such, all human life is sacred and worthy of respect and Christian love.   
Genesis 1:26-28; James 3:8,9; Psalm 104:10-15, 27-31; Genesis 9:5,6; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 8

Sanctity of Life
We believe human life begins at the moment of conception and continues until God’s predetermined number of days for that life are completed. Consequently, we are opposed to in vitro and in vivo abortion, and all forms of euthanasia.
Genesis 2:7; Deuteronomy 30: 19; Psalm 139:13-16; Job 30:23; Ecclesiastes 7:14; 8:8; 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54-56; Hebrews 2:9, 14,15; Revelation 21:4

Gender
Since we believe mankind is specifically designed as male and female, we stand opposed to intentional actions that would alter or disguise one’s gender.
Genesis 1:26-28, 31; 2:25; Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

Marriage
We believe God ordained marriage to be a covenantal, legal, and lifelong relationship between one man and one woman, as described and prescribed in the Bible.
Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-9; Romans 1:21-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 7:1-4; 1 Timothy 1:8-11

Human Sexuality
We believe human sexuality is a natural and honorable part of God's creation and that marriage between one man and one woman is the only context in which sexual relations are God-honoring.  All sexual activity outside of marriage, as defined above, is forbidden by God.  Additionally, pornography, including all forms of literature, photography, art, movies and songs intended to stimulate illicit sexual thoughts or actions, should have no place in the lives of Christ-followers.
Genesis 4:1; Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:15-18; 7:1-4; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 5:27, 28