Because God’s written revelation to us is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” it is our intention to allow it to utilize GBF preachers to get to our hearts and minds as they open the word and let its message out. Our goal is that GBF pastors won’t use the Bible to preach their messages, but that the Bible will use GBF pastors to preach its message – God’s powerful and life-changing truth!
We seek to maintain a high view of God (Mal. 1:6-11).
In a day when many have attempted to reduce God to be their spiritual therapist, it is important for us to remember that God, our Creator, is the highly exalted, transcendent, King of all things. We cannot afford to think less of God than He really is. We dare not respond to Him as merely our comfortable friend and fail to worship Him as our Sovereign Lord.
We work to proclaim a Biblical Gospel (Rom. 1:16).
It is imperative that we understand what God’s word says about how one becomes a disciple of Christ and thus a child of God. We cannot truncate, sterilize, simplify, adjust or in any other way modify the message of the gospel that was once and for all delivered to God’s people in God’s word. We will not shy away from clearly articulating God’s truth on heaven, hell, sin, judgment, repentance and faith. It will be our goal to hold tightly to a biblical gospel.
We rely on God through prayer (Col. 4:2-6).
We understand that the mission, the goals and the values at GBF are humanly impossible. We do not inherently possess the wherewithal to make disciples or aid them in knowing, loving and serving Christ. These are works of God and we will always rely on Him as we ardently ask Him to accomplish these biblical objectives among us.
We have highly committed participants (Eph. 4:11-16; Ac. 4:34-35).
In a day when most people look for a “good church” the way they look for a “good restaurant”, i.e., “I want good food, good service, and comfortable atmosphere and a low price!” – we, at Grace Bible Fellowship want to abandon all of that for a biblical model of personal integration and ministry participation. It is our goal to move from a “consumer mentality” to the value of “highly committed participants”. While it is critically important for church leaders to “feed us” solid biblical meals, it is equally important that a healthy church body be “held together by every supporting ligament, growing and building itself up on love, as each part does its work!”
GBFer’s can’t come to spectate, we must seek to fully participate. We cannot be satisfied with merely attending to ingest a weekly spiritual meal, we must understand our biblical privilege and obligation to utilize our gifts and spiritual endowments to serve the body of Christ as good stewards of all that God has invested in us. Let’s join together to make Grace Bible Fellowship a vibrant church filled with highly committed participants and SOLD-OUT SERVANTS.
We grow in the grace of giving (2Cor. 8:1-7; 9:6-7).
The Lord Jesus Himself said it best: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Ac.20:35). At GBF we encourage people to abound in giving themselves to the Lord. Therefore authentic grace giving is marked by five characteristics: spiritually, proportionately, voluntarily, sacrificially, and enthusiastically.
We care enough to confront sin (Mt. 18:15-17; 1Pet. 1:16; Jude 3).
In order to maintain spiritually health body-life at GBF, the unpleasant task of confronting sin must exist alongside considering how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Heb.10:24). The purpose of confrontation is always restoration and is carried out in love under the provisions and guidance of Matthew 18.
We will look to authentic and sacrifical servant leaders (2 Cor. 6:3-11; 1Th. 2:8-9).
The kind of people that God calls to lead at GBF is extremely important. Obviously our pastors and teachers must meet the biblical qualifications as set forth in the books of 1 Timothy and Titus. Beyond that we expect our leaders to follow in Apostle Paul’s example of being authentic, forthright, honest, hardworking and sacrificial. In a phrase we expect that our leaders set the example of saying to Christ daily: “anything, anytime, anywhere!”