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Beliefs

Our theological distinctives mark our shared convictions with our family of churches, Sovereign Grace, in areas that are debated even among Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. Though full agreement with these distinctives is not required for membership, we will preach, teach, and counsel on the basis of them.  

Sovereign Grace Church holds to seven core theological values: 

1. The gospel of Jesus Christ is central to our teaching and living.
2. God acts sovereignly in saving sinners.
3. The Holy Spirit equips and empowers the saints for Christian living and ministry.
4. God created men and women as equal and complementary image bearers of God.
5. Jesus has delegated his authority to elders to lead his Church.
6. Disciples of Jesus Christ are on mission to grow in the gospel and go with the gospel.
7. Jesus' churches are to partner together to advance the gospel.

The Gospel

We believe the glory of God is seen most clearly in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

The gospel is the good news of what God has graciously accomplished for sinners through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. Through Christ, sinners find forgiveness from their rebellion against their Creator-God and complete justification before God. The salvation offered in the gospel message is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. The gospel is not only the means by which people are saved, but also the truth and power by which people are sanctified. It is the truth of the gospel that enables us to genuinely and joyfully do what is pleasing to God and to grow in conformity to the image of Christ.

Mark 1:1; Luke 24:46–47; John 3:16–18; Romans 1:16–25; 1 Corinthians 1:18–25, 2:2, 15:1–4; 2 Corinthians 4:1–6, 9:13; Galatians 1:6–9; Ephesians 1:7–10; Colossians 1:19–20; 2 Timothy 1:8–14; 2 Peter 3:11–13; Jude 1:3–4

Suggested Sermons: 1 Corinthians 15:1–10Colossians 1:21–23

Salvation

We believe the grace of God in saving sinners fuels our love and witness for God.

God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world not on the basis of foreseen faith but unconditionally, according to his sovereign good pleasure and will. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God draws the elect to faith in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, graciously and effectually overcoming their stubborn resistance to the gospel so they will believe willingly and with confidence. The elect of God persevere in belief and godly behavior and are kept secure in their salvation by grace through faith. God’s sovereignty in salvation neither diminishes the responsibility of people to believe in Christ nor marginalizes the necessity and power of prayer and evangelism, but rather reinforces and establishes them as the means by which Christ draws his lost sheep to himself.

John 1:12–13, 6:37–44, 10:16, 10:25–30; Acts 13:48, 16:30–31; Romans 3:1–4:25, 8:1–17, 31–39, 9:1–23, 10:8–10; Ephesians 1:4–5, 2:8–10; Philippians 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7; 1 John 1:7, 9

Suggested Sermons: Ephesians 1:3-10, Delighting in God's Absolute Sovereignty (Seminar)

Spirit Empowered

We pursue the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all life and ministry.

The Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son. His primary ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth). The Spirit then graciously sanctifies and lovingly leads all who are brought to faith in Christ so they might live in obedience to the Word of God. The Holy Spirit, who indwelt and empowered Christ in his earthly mission, indwells and empowers all who belong to Christ through the use of spiritual gifts, designed to build up the Church. Spiritual gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised both corporately and privately according to biblical guidelines.

Matthew 3:11, 12:28; Luke 4:1, 14, 5:17, 10:21; John 1:12–13, 3:1–15, 34, 14:12, 15:26–27, 16:7–15; Acts 2:14–21, 4:29–30, 10:38; Romans 8:9, 12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12:7–13, 12:28–31, 14:1–33; 2 Corinthians 1:21–22; Galatians 3:1–5; Ephesians 1:13–14, 5:18

Suggested Sermons: John 16:71 Corinthians 12:1–3

Men and Women

We are committed to biblical gender roles and the spiritual and moral equality of men and women.

Both men and women are created in the image of God and are therefore equal before God, possessing the same moral dignity and value and having equal access to God through faith in Christ. Within the home, both husbands and wives are responsible to God for the spiritual nourishment and vitality of their family, but God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and children in accordance with the servant leadership and sacrificial love characterized by Jesus Christ. This principle of male headship should not be confused with, nor give any hint of, domineering control. Rather, it is to be the loving, tender, and nurturing care of a godly man who is himself under the kind and gentle authority of Jesus Christ. When it comes to life in the Church, men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts; therefore, both men and women are to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to utilize their gifting in ministry, in service, and through teaching in ways that are consistent with the Word of God. In regard to Church leadership, the elders of the Church have been granted authority under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight of the Church. Because of this, the offices of elder and deacon is restricted to men.

Genesis 1:26–27, 2:18; Acts 18:24–26; 1 Corinthians 11:2–16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22–33; Colossians 3:18–19; 1 Timothy 2:11–15, 3:1–7; Titus 2:3–5; 1 Peter 3:1–7

Suggested Sermons: Genesis 1:26-271 Timothy 2:11-15, 1 Peter 3:1-7

Elder Leadership

We are led by a team of men qualified in character and gifted to preach the Word of God.

Elders (also referred to interchangeably in Scripture by the terms “pastor,” “shepherd,” and “overseer”) are men of biblical character ordained at Sovereign Grace Church to lead, teach, preach to, care for, and protect this local church by imitating and modeling the life and leadership of Jesus Christ. As they serve together, elders use their diverse gifts to equip the saints for ministry. Because elders are brothers in Christ, they are fundamentally a part of the congregation, standing under the authority of God's Word and accountable to other Christians. The elders and the members of Sovereign Grace Church are unified in humble, joy-filled partnership as we stand firm in one spirit and strive together for the faith of the gospel.

Acts 14:23, 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; Philippians 1:27; 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 4:2; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-11

Suggested Sermons: 1 Timothy 3:1-13Hebrews 13:17, 1 Peter 5:1-5

On Mission

We believe that God has chosen to establish his kingdom on earth through the Church.

Jesus' disciples have a clear, biblical mandate to surrender all aspects of their lives to Christ's lordship by the power of the Holy Spirit. We fulfill this mission through the equipping of the saints for ministry in the local church and through seeking to make Jesus known in our local communities. Our aim is that each member would grow and mature in their faith through the ministry of Sovereign Grace Church and that God would empower us to share the good news of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. We believe God does not call us to retreat from or conform to our culture, but instead has given us the responsibility to go into the culture with boldness and humility as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ.

Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5–25, 28:18–20; Luke 4:18–19, 24:46–47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14–15; 2 Corinthians 10:4–5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10, 4:11–16; 2 Timothy 4:1–5; Hebrews 10:23–25; 1 Peter 2:4–5, 9–10

Suggested Sermons: 2 Corinthians 5:18–201 Peter 1:8-9

United

We are committed to gospel advancement in partnership with Sovereign Grace Churches.

No local church is self-sufficient to carry out the mission that Christ has entrusted to his Church. Therefore, in keeping with the model of the New Testament Church, Sovereign Grace Church is a member of the denomination, Sovereign Grace Churches. Through our partnership we bear visible witness to our union under one head, Jesus Christ, as we benefit from the gifts and wisdom of other leaders and members of the body of Christ. Together, we are better able to safeguard against false teaching and immoral behavior, work toward a common mission, and benefit from shared resources for the advancement of the gospel.

Matthew 28:19-20; John 17:20-23; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 1:10; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:3, 4:12-13; Philippians 2:2; Colossians 1:18

Suggested Sermons: John 17:20–21

More information on our denomination and The Book of Church Order of The Sovereign Grace Churches can be found here.