Emphasis on jesus


are the foundational principles upon which we base our spiritual lives and with which we face our collective destiny in Grace Communion International as children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. Our values are demonstrated in the following areas of emphasis:


We emphasize sound biblical doctrine: We are committed to sound biblical doctrine. We believe that the essential doctrines of historic Christianity are those upon which Christian faith is based, and which have been generally agreed upon - and attested to by the witness of the Holy Spirit - in the experience of the universal church (see statement of faith below). We believe that doctrinal disagreement on peripheral matters, while natural and inevitable (and biblically permissible) in the Christian church, should not be allowed to foster division within the body of Christ.

We emphasize Christian identity in Christ: As Christians, we've been given a new identity in Jesus Christ. As his soldiers, his friends and his brothers and sisters, we have been given what it takes to fight the good fight of faith - we have him! Jesus promised he will never forsake us or leave us, and as he lives in us, we will never leave or forsake him or each other.

We emphasize the power of the gospel: Paul wrote: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16). People enter God's kingdom by responding to the gospel. Today, in Grace Communion International, by the grace of God, the kingdom is advancing. People are accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior and King. They are repenting of their sins, giving their allegiance and loyalty to him, and doing his work in the world.

We emphasize bringing glory to the name of Christ: Jesus, who died for us and loves us, calls us to glorify him in every part of our life's experience. Knowing we are secure in his love, we are a people committed to glorify him in all our relationships, in our homes, our families and neighborhoods, our skills and abilities, our jobs, our free time, our spending habits, our church time and our business transactions. Whatever opportunities, challenges or crises we face, we are forever committed to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ.

We emphasize commitment and obedience to the Lord's call: Traditionally, members of Grace Communion International have been a highly committed people, eager to do the work of the Lord. In bringing our fellowship to repentance, reformation and renewal, our gracious heavenly Father has claimed that sense of commitment and obedience for the work of the gospel and for the name of Jesus. We believe in the present and active work of the Holy Spirit in leading and enabling Christians to live a godly and obedient life in the power of Jesus' resurrection.

We emphasize heartfelt worship: Because we are all created to bring glory to God, we believe in praise that is culturally sensitive and relevant. Because our members vary in their backgrounds, tastes and preferences, we strive to worship God through a variety of meaningful worship styles and occasions, blending traditional and contemporary in a way that brings glory to the name of the Lord.

We emphasize prayer: Our fellowship believes in and practices prayer. Prayer is an essential part of the believer's life in Christ and is an important part of both public and private worship. We believe that prayer leads to God's intervention in our lives.

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