OUR PURPOSE STATEMENT
Why We Exist as a Church
The purpose of Grace Bible Fellowship of Hico is TO KNOW GOD AND MAKE HIM KNOWN by:
- Celebrating God’s presence (Worship)
- Communicating God’s message (Evangelism)
- Educating God’s people (Discipleship)
- Demonstrating God’s love (Ministry)
- Incorporating God’s family (Fellowship)
The basis of our mission statement comes from two key Scriptures:
The Great Commandment: “Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.’” Matt 22:36-40
The Great Commission: “Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
SOME ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE:
- ABOUT GOD
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We refer to this as the Trinity, or the “tri-unity” of God. Our God is one God, but he has revealed himself in three co-equal dimensions.
Genesis 1:1,26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
- ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, co-equal with the Father. He came to earth, was born of a virgin, and received a human body in order to show God to men and to redeem the lost world. He is fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
- ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make human beings aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He gives every believer a spiritual gift at that moment. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we should seek to live under His control daily.
2 Cor 3:17; John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 2:12; 3:16; Eph 1:13; Gal 5:25; Eph 5:18
- ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is absolute truth, is inerrant, being free from error or mistake, and can be trusted as our authority.
2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105; 160
- ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, each of us is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God, is the source of our problems in life, and must be dealt with if we are to have a relationship with God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23;
- ABOUT SALVATION
God makes salvation available to everyone as a free gift, but it must be accepted. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
- ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose it.” Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. When Christ died on the cross, he provided a “once for all” sacrifice that resulted in “eternal redemption” for the believer.
Hebrews 7:25; 9:12; 10:10,14; John 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:27-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:4-5, 13-14
- ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. The Bible calls eternal separation from God “Hell.” To be in eternal union with him results in eternal life in heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9
ABOUT GRACE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP:
Location: Hico, TX
Service Times: Sunday Worship – 10:00am
Wednesday Bible Study:
- Children: 6:15pm – 7:30pm
- Ladies: 6:15pm – 7:30pm
- Men: 6:15pm – 7:30pm
- Youth: 6:15pm – 7:30pm @ “Youth Cave”
The Bible Teaches:
“God is greater, more loving and more interested in us that we can imagine.”
“The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.”
“Jesus Christ is God showing Himself and His love to us.”
“Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us.”
“Nothing in creation “just happened.” God created it all.”
“Grace and faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to have a relationship with God.”