The purpose of the Grace Gospel Fellowship is to promote health among the pastors, boards, congregations, and other vested stakeholders within the Grace Gospel Fellowship.
Our churches share a commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a passion to spread the matchless grace of God in and through their churches and communities of influence. This shared dispensational perspective as well as our shared values are life-giving. The collective wisdom, resources, and giftedness among our pastors, boards, and churches represent an interdependent network that demonstrates its strength as we learn, grow, and invest in each other.
The Grace Gospel Fellowship officially began in 1944. A movement of God dates back decades further when a growing number of pastors and Bible teachers across the country were coming to an understanding of God’s unique place in history for the church, the Body of Christ.
What began as a fellowship of pastors has expanded to an increasingly interdependent network of pastors and churches. Our core mission and message—His core mission and message—remain the same.
Our enduring purpose has been to serve pastors and their congregations. Healthy churches are a byproduct of healthy pastors. And healthy pastors are most often a reflection of healthy boards and strong church leadership. We remain committed to these pursuits. At the same time we recognize that the tools to foster health and wellness among our church leadership is found in the strength, insight, and open-handedness of leaders who have found a home in the Grace Gospel Fellowship. We are stronger together than we could ever be apart.
Years of History
We believe our mission is to bring glory to God as we proclaim the message of reconciliation to all the unsaved; as we equip and train the saved for the spiritual and physical growth of the Body of Christ; and as we serve all people through acts of grace and compassion. In this way we make plain to everyone the unsearchable riches of Christ according to the dispensation of the mystery (Rom. 12:9-21; 16:25-27; 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1; 2 Cor. 5:14-21; Gal. 2:10; 6:10; Eph. 3:8-9; 4:11-16; Phil. 2:1-8; Col. 4:3-6; 1 Tim. 2:3-7).
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired by God, without error in the original writings, and is the supreme and final authority for every aspect of faith and life (Rom.15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21).
We believe in the full humanity and full deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory (Luke 1: 35; Rom. 1: 3-4; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Phil. 2:6-11).
We believe there is one God, Creator of all things and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is a Person distinct from the others, but inseparable, coequal, coeternal, unlimited and unchanging in power, presence and knowledge. All are worthy of the same worship and obedience (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Acts
5:3-4; Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; Col. 1:16-17; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:8-10).
The Holy Spirit
3:18; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:4-6; Tit. 3:5).
Humanity and sin
10:9-13; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9).
Sanctity of Life
Sanctity of Marriage
(Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:22-23; Heb. 13:4).
We recognize several distinct dispensations, or administrations, in Scripture. Each is marked by revelation from God specific only to that dispensation. The current dispensation, God’s plan for the Church, the Body of Christ, “the mystery” revealed to the Apostle Paul, is distinct from God’s plan for the nation of Israel. We find in Paul’s writings alone the revelation, position and destiny of the Church (Rom. 16:25-27; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Gal. 1:11-12; Eph. 3:1-12; Col. 1:24-29; 2 Tim. 2:15).
tongues and the interpretation of tongues, revelations and visions ceased (Rom. 11:11-36; 1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8-13; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 2:20; Phil. 2:25-26; 1 Tim. 5:23; 2 Tim. 4:20). We do believe that God is sovereign and able to operate in miraculous ways as He desires Eph. 3:20).
The Believer’s Walk
Holy Spirit and obedience to God’s Word. Since sinless perfection is not a possibility in this life, we must consciously work in harmony with the Holy Spirit (Ps. 119:9-11; Rom. 6:6-14; 1 Cor. 10:12-13; 2 Cor. 2:14; 10:2-5; Gal. 5:16-25; Phil. 2:12-13).
The Lord’s Supper
in the Lord’s Supper is open to every believer who is in fellowship with Christ (1 Cor. 10:14-22; 11:17-34).
The Return of Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will personally come to take His Church to heaven, commonly referred to as “the Rapture of the Church.” All members of the Body of Christ, both living and dead, will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. This event is imminent and will take place prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth (1 Cor. 15:51-53; Phil. 3:20-21;
1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13-14). After the seven- year Tribulation period, Jesus Christ will return in power to establish His Kingdom upon the earth (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:20-27; Zech. 14:4, 9; Matt. 24:15-41; Rev.
State of the Dead
We believe that immediately after death all people exist in a state of consciousness that will last forever. The believer of this dispensation passes directly into the presence of Christ in Heaven. All of the unsaved dead enter a state of conscious eternal suffering without any hope of salvation (Luke 16:23-28; John 3:36; 2 Cor. 5:6-8; Phil. 1:23; 2 Thess.
1:7-9; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:11; 20:10-15).