Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a non-denominational church?

NO. We are part of the Reformed Church in America (www.rca.org) Denomination. There's something to be said about a church who is connected into a larger community of believers for encouragement, resources, accountability, and partnership for the global mission of Jesus Christ.

What does it mean to be "reformed?"

The word "REFORMED" comes from the historical time of the "Reformation", when people like Martin Luther and John Calvin sought to reform the church of their day to be more faithful to God's Word. During this period, there were five Latin phrases used to describe the movement that later gave birth to a reformed understanding of the Christian faith. These were:
  • Sola gratia: We are saved by GRACE alone.
    ... Our salvation is an unearned gift from God for Jesus' sake.
  • Sola fide: We are made right with God by FAITH alone.
    ... We are justified, or "made right" with God through faith, not by works.
  • Sola scriptura: We find ultimate truth in SCRIPTURE alone.
    ... The Old & New Testaments of the Bible are the only inspired Word of God.
  • Solus Christus: Our hope is found in CHRIST alone.
    ... Jesus Christ is the only mediator, or "bridge", between God and mankind.
  • Soli Deo gloria: Glory and praise for our salvation are given to GOD alone.
    ... We obey and serve God out of gratitude for all that He is and all He has done.

What is your view about Baptism?

Baptism is one of two sacraments, meaning "something sacred", commanded by Jesus Christ and practiced at Grace Church, the other sacrament being the Lord's Supper. Baptism does not guarantee salvation. It is God's sign to us of the guaranteed gift of salvation God offers us. We are guaranteed of salvation when we receive that gift and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life.

Infant and Adult Baptism

Grace Church practices infant baptism for several reasons. Baptism is God's covenant sign to us; not our sign to God. Our sign is the confession of faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Scripture does not teach that baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. Therefore, baptism is a rite that does not need to be performed after salvation.

Looking at scripture as a whole, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, a household blessing is a common theme. It was a good thing to be a part of this Old Testament covenant. It was gracious of God to include the household. There is no evidence that God removed that gracious blessing in the New Testament. In Acts 2:38-39 it states: "Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for all whom the Lord our God will call."

Adult Baptism is welcomed

Any individual is welcome to be baptized at Grace Church, regardless of their age, if they have not been previously baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Other Baptism Questions

Corporate Baptisms: Private baptisms are not practiced at Grace Church unless a specific case has been approved because we are a body.

Method of baptism: sprinkled, poured or immersed. The amount of water used does not validate the sacrament any more or less.

Rebaptism: Grace Church does not rebaptize those who have already had a valid baptism. Whether or not we took God's covenant sign seriously doesn't change that God did take it seriously if they were baptized with water in the name of our triune God.

We also believe that baptism was never meant to divide the body of Christ in the way that it has. So, we respect differing viewpoints within the body of Christ.