who we are
what we believe...
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
the holy spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the crowning achievement of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation is for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9
These 10 core values are the things that matter most at Grey Stone. These values influence leadership decisions as well as ministry plans. They provide guidance for staffing, resource allocation, and establishing the Kingdom goals our church pursues. Our core values keep us focused on the unique call God has given us as a local church.
biblical teaching is the catalyst for personal & church transformation
This involves the concept of teaching for life change and practical theology.
(2 Tim. 3:16-17; James 1:23-25; Rom. 12:7)
the lost matter to god, and therefore, they matter to the church
This includes the concept of relational evangelism.
(Luke 15; Luke 5:30-32; 2 Peter 3:9)
family is important
Recognizing that one of the greatest strategies of Satan is the destruction of the home, we are committed to strengthening the lives of families.
(Eph. 5:25-6:4; Psalm 127:1; Col 3:18-21)
we are called to reach out to the nations from one centralized location
This includes being financially supportive of full-time missionaries, assisting to plant churches around the world,
and mobilizing our members for short term mission projects.
(Matt.28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corin. 5:20)
love & compassion is essential to following jesus
This includes compassionate care and the alleviation of suffering for the poor, sick, disabled, widows and orphans.
(Luke 10:30-37; Matt. 25:34-40; James 1:27)
the church should operate as a community of humble servants, with each person utilizing their spiritual gifts & talents for the glory of god
(John 13:3-15; 1 Corin. 12 and 14; Eph. 4:11-16)
the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure
This includes addressing relevant subjects and having relevant ministries so we can represent the truth in love to our culture.
(1 Corin.9:19-23; Jude 1:3; Rom. 1:16)
excellence honors god & inspires people
This includes the ministries we establish, the facilities we manage, and the Kingdom goals we pursue.
(Col. 3:17; 1 Corin. 10:31; Malachi 1:6-14)
an environment of loving relationships and grace should permeate every aspect of church life
This includes being motivated to serve by love, and providing grace filled responses in our interactions with each other.
(1 Corin. 13; Luke 10:1; John 13:35)
the ultimate purpose of our ministry is to lead people to be fully devoted followers of christ
This involves the concepts of stewardship, Lordship, servanthood, and visionary faith.
(Philippians 2:5-8; 2 Corin. 8:7; Heb. 11:6)