Hello, my wife and I are searching for a church in the area and I have come across your website. I have a few questions that I was wondering if you would answer so that I can get a feel for whether or not you and your body are of like-mind. My first question is on your music. I would like to know what hymn books that you use, and whether or not your church uses music of the sovereign grace or contemporary Christian music genre. I am also curious if your church is connected to any other organization or affiliation. I would also like to know where you stand on Calvinism? And finally, what is your view on the importance of Repentance within Salvation? Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks you for checking out Grace Bible Church. I am glad to answer your questions.
We use a hymn book put together by the Brethren back in 1963 called: “Choice Hymns of the Faith.” It has some excellent old hymns. While our Minister of Music may sometimes sing a more contemporary song as special, for the most part we sing from the hymn book.
We are an independent Bible church and not affiliated with any organization or church. However I personally fellowship with several other independence pastors and our church works in cooperation with Grace School of the Bible and produces a TV program called “Forgotten Truths” featuring Richard Jordan who is president of that school.
We are not Calvinistic, but neither are we Armenian. We are strong Dispensationalist. We study the Bible from a Pauline dispensational view point, meaning that with the calling and commissioning of the Apostle Paul, God temporarily postponed his dealings with Israel until the future day of His wrath. We live in the dispensation of the grace of God (Ephesians 3:1-11) in which God is forming the Body of Christ; those from all nations who believe the gospel of the grace of God.
Repentance is a change of mind. The Gentiles who worshipped idols needed to change their mind and put their faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ who died for their sins. Religious people need to change their mind from trusting their religion and religious works which cannot save them, and trust the Work of the Cross. Salvation is by grace through faith.
That should give you a good understanding of our ministry. Again, thanks for asking. If you would like a packet of more detailed information we would be glad to send it to you if you give us your address.