What We Believe
At Urban Grace we’re all about Jesus. Everything we do as a church begins and ends with Him. Here are some of our foundational beliefs:
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).
We believe God exists eternally in trinity as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut 6:4, 2 Cor 13:14) We believe the trinity is co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, with each person having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal God who became a man, (John 1:14) lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:21-22), died on a cross, was buried, and physically rose from the grave to redeem humanity from sin (Acts 4:10, Phi 2:7-11, Luke 23:26-24: 53). We believe that Jesus will return to earth to judge all people and to rule and reign with His saints forever (Rev 22:12, 2 Tim 4:1).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is also God, and the supernatural agent in salvation, baptizing all Christians into the universal church at conversion, indwelling and sealing them until the day of Christ’s return (John 16:8-11, 2 Cor 3:6, 1 Cor 12:12-14, Romans 8:9, Eph 5:18).
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe God created all humans in his image. He has created them uniquely female and male (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe all humans are sinful and in need of salvation. Salvation is the gift of God brought to humans through grace, and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe all those who are redeemed are kept by God’s power and therefore secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5). We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).
“The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and Communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.” Vintage Church pg. 38 Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears
We believe the church is a spiritual organism (Christ’s body) made up of all believers, everywhere, for all time (Eph 1:22-23, Eph 5:25-27, 1 Cor 12:12-14, 2 Cor 11:2).
We believe the establishment of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27, Acts 18:22, 1 Tim 3:1-3, Titus 1:5-11).
THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS
We believe God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts to each believer. We also believe particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe God hears and answers the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him/her (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).