Doctrinal Statement - What We Believe
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)
The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)
Grace Point Mission Statement
Trusting God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, our Triune God to guide us by His mercy and grace in declaring His true, infallible word to the local community and beyond.
Grace Point Membership Policy
At Grace Point, it is the responsibility of the Session (the elders) to examine and receive new members. If you are interested in membership, please see an elder to discuss the membership process.
We welcome into our fellowship all who profess faith in Jesus Christ, are willing to be or have been baptized, and affirm the following vows:
1. Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?
2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ?
4. Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
5. Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?
Grace Point Wedding Policy
The Elders of Grace Point Presbyterian Church begin with the proposition that marriage is a holy institution, ordained by God from the beginning in the garden.
Its purpose, its sanctity and the depth of the required commitment were reemphasized by Jesus Christ, who instructed that the two, who become one flesh, are never supposed to be divorced, and that adultery is a destructive sin to the marriage relationship.
We believe that Christian marriage is a commitment between one man and one woman, founded on your commitment to Jesus Christ. Therefore, those joined in this union are ones who have professed Christ and who are members of Grace Point Presbyterian Church, or children of existing members.
We consider that wedding services are worship services before God, conducted in His honor according to His Word. We seek to please Him in these services, both for the joy of worshiping Him in celebration, and in order to be able to ask Him to bless the marriage.
Information on wedding guidelines, including fees applicable to what you choose, is available for pick-up in the church office.
Weddings should be scheduled months in advance.
If you would like more information about any of these services listed, please contact the church office at 574-773-3773.
Grace Point Property Use Policy
The Session has adopted the following statement of clarification on property use:
We are a Christian church. All members of the public may enter and worship, seek religious counsel, and avail themselves of our services. Any person entering our property will respect our rights to manage our property in accordance with our beliefs and our desire to use that which has been entrusted to us to honor God.
We are not a place of general public accommodation. Session reserves discretion to determine if any use may or may not be deemed to fall outside of our mission, and whether to permit such use. Session has the sole discretion as to whether to permit a person or organization to use our church facilities. Session has the sole discretion in determining if an activity is within the scope of our mission. Permitting an instance of use outside of our mission does not amount to an endorsement of that use or activity, nor is it a waiver of our right to determine future use.