Who We Are
Grace Bible Church is a multi-generational church. This means that we minister to everyone from young families and their children, to 50 somethings, to the 80+ crowd. Our worship services exemplify this with a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs—you’ll find people in t-shirts, polo shirts, and even suits, but we are all united together in worship of the one true God.
Our services explore the Bible chapter by chapter and look at what it means for our everyday lives. Outside of our Sunday services, we offer ministry programs and host events like our annual Bike Rodeo, potlucks, shoe box packing, and more.
If it’s your first time at GBC, check out our visit page to help you plan your trip. We hope to meet you soon!
What is Salvation?
For us salvation can best be explained through Good News and Bad News.
The Bad News is that we have all sinned or done things wrong. We were born into it and have helplessly continued in it throughout our lives. (Romans 3:23)
The other piece of Bad News is that our sin has consequences. Our sin separates us from God in this life and the eternal one to come. (Romans 6:23)
But there is Good News too. You see Christ died for each and every one of us to take the sin from our lives and to reunite us with God. (Romans 5:8)
If your faith, your trust, is in Jesus Christ you can know for sure that you will spend all eternity in heaven with him. That’s great news!
Of course this is only a website write up; talking with a real person about this can be more personal and enlightening. So if you have any questions about this please feel free to contact us.
What We Believe
We believe that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God”, by which we understand the whole of the book called the Bible; nor do we take the statement in the sense in which it is sometimes said that words of human genius are inspired, but in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the very words of the sacred writings to holy men of old; and that this Divine inspiration is not in different degrees, but extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings, historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical, and to the smallest word, and inflection of a word, provided such word is found in the original manuscripts. II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:21;
I Cor. 2:13; Mark 12:26,36, 13:11; Acts 1:16, 2:4.
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfection, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matt. 28:19-20;
Acts 5:3-4; II Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6.
We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell from his high and holy estate by eating the forbidden fruit, and as the consequence of his disobedience the threatened penalty of death was then and there inflicted, so that his moral nature was not only grieviously injured by the fall, but totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. Gen. 1:26, 2:17; John 5:40, 6:53; Eph. 2:1-3; I Tim. 5:6; I John 3:8.
We believe that this spiritual death, or total corruption of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire race of man, the Man Christ Jesus excepted; and hence that every descendant of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of Divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad, being enmity against God, and incapable by any educational process whatever of subjection to His law. Gen. 6:5; Psa. 14:1-3, 51:5; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19, 8:6-7.
We believe that, owing to this universal depravity and death in sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again, and that no degree of reformation, however great; no culture, however attractive; no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies, however useful; no baptism or other ordinance, however administered, can help a sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above; a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation. Isa. 64:6; John 3:5,18; Gal. 6:15; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Pt. 1:23.
We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the shedding of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin, and made a curse for us, dying as our substitute, paying the penalty for our guilt; and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church or of all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles can add in the very least to the value of that precious blood, or to the merit of that finished work wrought for us by Him who united in His Person true and proper divinity with perfect and sinless humanity. Lev. 17:11; Matt. 26:28; Rom. 5:6-9; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:7; I Pet. 1:18-19.
We believe that Christ is received by faith and that because of the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His obedience unto death, the moment we trust in Him as our Savior we pass out of death into everlasting life, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved, and having the place and portions, as linked with Him and one with Him forever. John 5:24, 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:4-6,13; I John 4:17, 5:11-12.
We believe that all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, may be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Saviour; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word, inducing within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience. Luke 10:20, 12:32; John 6:47; Rom. 8:33-39; II Cor. 5:1,6-8; II Tim. 1:12; I John 5:13; I Pet. 1:3-5;
We believe that all the Scriptures, from first to last, center about our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Person and work, in His first and second coming; and hence that no chapter even of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Him; and moreover, that all the Scriptures from first to last, including every chapter even of the Old Testament, were designed for our practical instruction. Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Acts 17:2-3, 18:28, 26:22-23; Rom. 15:4; I Cor. 10:11; Acts 28:23.
We believe that the true or invisible church is composed of all who are born again and united to the risen and ascended Son of God by the Holy Spirit, and that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jew or Gentile, and thus being members one of another, we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and denominational differences, and loving one another with a pure heart. Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:32-37; Rom. 12:5;
I Cor 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23, 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15; I Pet. 1:22.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, not as an influence, but as a Divine Person, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, is our abiding Comforter and Helper; that He never takes His departure from the Church, or from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him, and not with ourselves nor our experiences. John 7:38-39, 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:13-14;
Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; Phil. 3:3; I Cor. 3:16, 6:19.
We believe that we are called to be a separated people and to walk, not after the fleshly nature, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the desires of the flesh; but the flesh being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His Name. Rom. 8:12-13, 13:14; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24;
Col. 3:1-10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9.
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, at death pass immediately into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated forever with Him in His glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgement of the great White Throne at the close of the millenium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated but punished with the everlasting loss of all that gives worth to existence and separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. Luke 16:19-26, 23:43; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23;
II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Rev. 20:11-15.
We believe that the world will not be converted during the present dispensation, but is fast ripening for judgement while there will be a fearful apostasy in the professing Christian body; and hence that the Lord Jesus will come in Person to translate the Church and to introduce the millennial age, when Israel shall be restored to their own land, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord; and that this personal and premillenial advent is the blessed hope set before us in the Gospel for which we should be constantly looking. Luke 12:35-40, 17:26-30, 18:8; Acts 15:14-17; II Thess. 2:3-8; II Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 1:11-15;
I Thess. 4:13-18.
A Message from Len Thebarge:
Pastor Len began serving as the Intentional Interim Pastor of Grace Bible Church in September 2022. He and his wife Denise have been married for 46 years and are the parents of 5 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Pastor Len has served as Pastor of Student Ministries, Family Life Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Senior Pastor in 4 different churches. After retiring from 37 years of full-time Staff Ministry they began to serve with Interim Pastor Ministries. They are thankful to be serving at Grace Bible Church and look forward to what God has in store for GBC in the days ahead.
Contact Pastor Len Thebarge
Phone: (309) 444-4147
Fax: (309) 444-7617