However, there is a very good reason for people to gather together and “do church”.
The reason why we exist is because we believe this passage of Scripture is true:
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
If this is true, and we believe wholeheartedly that it is, it means that
There are many other benefits to belonging to a church such as; fellowship with other people, a sense of belonging, building relationships, and having a place to serve. But what distinguishes a church from any other organized group of people should be the fact that God has given the local church a message to spread, and a mission to fulfill. We at Grace Bible Church of Phoenix are fully committed to these!
If you are looking for a church that is committed to fulfilling the mission God has given to us, as members of the Body of Christ, feel free to join us!
– Pastor Josh White
- We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, supernaturally inspired and without error.
- We believe that God exists eternally in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God.
- We believe that God is the absolute and sole Creator of the universe.
- We believe that Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man, that He was born of a virgin, that He was crucified as the penalty for our sins and that He was raised bodily from the grave.
- We believe that Christ made a perfect atonement for sin and that people are saved not by human effort but by simple faith in the work of Christ on the Cross.
- We believe that a true believer is eternally secure, that he cannot lose his salvation, but that sin can interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God.
- We believe that the rapture of the church and the Second Coming of Christ will be both personal and pre-millennial.
- We believe that it should be the goal of every Christian to grow in spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, that He is God and that He possesses all the divine attributes.
- We believe that the “one baptism” of Ephesians 4:5 is a Divine baptism, which is the work of the Holy Spirit placing us into the Body of Christ at the moment of our salvation.
- We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the body and shed blood of Christ to be observed by Christians until Christ returns.
We believe the entire Bible verbally inspired of GOD, is completely inerrant in the original writings, and is, when interpreted, dispensationally, of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (II Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21).
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, (Duet. 6:4, Matt. 28:19, John 14:16-17, 24, II Cor. 13,14, Eph. 4:6, ii Cor. 1:1-3, Phil. 2:9, I Tim. 2:5).
The PERSON OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:35, Romans 1:3-4, Phil. 2:6-9).
We believe that the nature of all men from birth is sinful, and that as such, all men are unacceptable to and separated from God. Romans 3:9-12, Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe that because of God’s grace, any sinner can be reconciled to God through belief that the shedding of Christ’s blood fully met God’s righteous standard of death for his sin: thus, reconciliation is wholly apart from anything undertaken by the sinner. (Romans 3:24-28, 5:1, 9, Eph. 2:8-9).
We believe that anyone who accepts reconciliation to God is eternally secure in that relationship. (John 10:27-29, Romans 8:1, 29-34, 38, 39; Eph. 1:3, 14; Phil. 1:6; Col. 3:1-4).
The PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the HOLY SPIRIT is a person; the One convicts man of sin and Who regenerates, baptizes, indwells, enlightens and empowers (John 16:8; I Cor. 12: 13; Eph. 1:13, 17, 18; 3:16,; Titus 3:5).
We believe that the BODY OF CHRIST, the church of the dispensation, began historically with the Apostle Paul before he wrote his first epistle. (I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:6; I Cor. 12:13, 27cf; Acts 18; Phil. 1:5, 6cf. Acts 16:1; I Thess. 2:14-16cf. Acts 13:45).
We believe that only the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are given to the church today and that all such sign gifts as tongues, prophecies and healings were temporal, and have ceased. (I Cor. 12:1-31, 13:8-13; Eph. 4:7-16).
We believe that anyone who accepts reconciliation to God is to yield himself to holiness. Though the sinful nature is not done away with during his life, every Christian should experience deliverance from the power of sin because of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:6-14, 8:37, 12:1-3; II Cor. 2:14, 5:18-21, 10:2-5; Gal. 5:16-25; Col. 3:1-3).
The LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that every Christian may partake of the Lord’s Supper until Christ returns. (I Cor. 11:23-26).
We believe that anyone who accepts reconciliation to God is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the BODY OF CHRIST, and is thus identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection – water baptism is not needed for salvation in God’s spiritual program of this dispensation. (I Cor. 1:17, 12:13; Romans 6:3-4; Eph. 4:5; Col. 2:12).
We believe that as Christ was resurrected from the dead, so too all men who experience physical death will experience bodily resurrection – those who have accepted reconciliation to God will be resurrected to everlasting glory, while those who have rejected reconciliation to God will be resurrected to everlasting punishment. (Luke 24:39-43; John 5:29; Acts 24:15; I Cor. 15:21 and Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational, catching away, by Christ, the church of this dispensation. (I Cor. 15:51-53; Phil. 3:20-21; I Thess. 4:13-18).
The STATE OF THE DEAD
We believe that the hope of salvation is offered only to the living; no where does Scripture indicate that reconciliation to God will be offered to the unsaved dead. (Luke 16:23-28; John 3:36; Romans 1:21-32; Phil. 3:19; Col. 3:6; II Thess. 1:9; Rev. 14:11, 20:14-15).
We believe that our responsibility to the world is to both proclaim the message of reconciliation and endeavor to make all man see what is the Dispensation of the Mystery. (I Cor. 15:1-4; II Cor. 5:14-21; Eph. 3:8-9).