Grace Church is a congregational church in the Reformed tradition of the Christian faith.
Grace Church uses the Second London Confession of Faith (2LCF) and the New Hampshire Confession as our doctrinal statements and standards. The elders of Grace Church have summarized these statements in order to better articulate our theological distinctives in our current context.
WE ARE BAPTIST.
We believe that the church, rightly understood, is a body of regenerate, baptized believers. Baptism is the immersion in water of individuals who have repented of sin and trusted in Christ alone for salvation. We are congregational in our polity, meaning that the final authority in our church rests with the congregation itself, under the authority of Christ. While being a Baptist church can have lots of stereotypes attached with it, we trust that you’ll find that we are a Bible-teaching, Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, God-glorifying church that believes baptism is for people who repent of their sins and trust in Christ.
Presently, we are voluntarily affiliated with the Nashville Baptist Association, the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention. For further detail about what we believe, please see our Confession of Faith “here“
WE ARE EVANGELICAL.
This basically means three things:
- We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God and is, therefore, our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine.
- We believe that all people are born in sin and that man’s only hope for salvation is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- We believe that the church is called to preach the gospel to all peoples everywhere and compel them to repent and believe the Gospel.
In addition to affiliating with Southern Baptists, we also happily partner with Acts 29 Network, a gospel centered network of church planting churches.
WE ARE REFORMED.
To be Reformed means to stand within the Protestant tradition that worked to recover the meaning of the Gospel as well as affirm what a true church is in substance. Specifically, this means that we embrace the “Five Solas” of the Reformation:
- Our final authority is Scripture Alone, which reveals to us that
- Salvation is by Grace Alone,
- Through Faith Alone,
- In Christ Alone,
- To the Glory of God Alone.
Additionally, being reformed also means the importance of being confessional. We affirm and rejoice in the sovereignty of God over all things, including the personal salvation of sinners. We affirm the catholic creeds (Apostles' & Nicene Creed) but more specifically, we stand in substantial agreement all of the Reformed Confessions with particular agreement with the 2nd London Confession, 1689, the New Hampshire Confession, 1853, & the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000.
Other Practical Distinctives
How God's people worship is one of the if not the most important distinctive of the Church. We are concerned less with musical style than we are about how God commands his people to worship in the Scriptures. This means that we seek to only incorporate elements that are expressly commanded in the Scriptures and seek to be careful not to add unnecessary nor unbiblical elements to our corporate worship. We are more interested in the people of God worshiping God appropriately than to attract and gather a big crowd on Sunday morning.
At Grace, we focus on a few fundamentals: We preach, teach, read and sing God's Word. We pray over and with the congregation. We share in the Sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism each week. We sing Psalms, Hymns and Spirit songs.
The Complementary (Interdependent) Roles of Men and Women
Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value but are different by divine design. As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church, especially as it comes to teaching and authority. These role distinctions are God’s grace to man and woman and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for His glory and our joy.