Grace Church began in August of 1955 when a group of 15 sought the Lord's leading to start an evangelical, independent ministry in the south part of Sarasota. On March 22, 1956, the church came into being and the first public service was held April 15, 1956.
To be a community of believers who follow Christ and teach others to follow Christ.
Our Core Values:
- Local and World Missions
- Bible Based Teaching
- Stressing the High Value of Prayer
We believe the following core beliefs to be essential to the Christian faith:
1. The Authority and Inerrancy of Scripture
We believe the entire Bible to be the inspired Word of God, true and without errors as originally written. As such, we defer to the Bible in all matters of faith and practice for the Christian life.
2. The Trinity
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As such, these three are united in substance, without confusion or contradiction in their attributes, and are worthy of our worship and obedience.
3. The Spiritual Lostness of the Human Race
We believe that every person is created in the image of God, by God and for God, but because of man’s disobedience, every person has incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God. As such, all people are sinners by nature and practice, unable to reconcile themselves to God.
4. The Full Deity and Humanity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and by the miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and through a virgin birth, became fully man. As such, he lived a sinless life and will forever remain wholly God and man, the only realized hope for lost mankind.
5. The Substitutionary Atonement and Bodily Resurrection of Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ was willingly put to death on a cross and buried, but after three days he rose from the dead and then ascended into heaven where he now sits at the right hand of the Father. As such, his death fully paid the death penalty our sins demanded so that all who believe in him are declared righteous, sealed with the Holy Spirit, who enables right living, and are forever reconciled to God.
6. Salvation by Faith Alone, in Christ Alone
We believe that reconciliation to God and salvation from our sin penalty comes only through faith in Christ—turning away from our own efforts and religious devices and instead trusting in the completed and vicarious death of Christ as payment for our sin.
7. The Physical Return of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ will one day physically return to earth to conquer evil, redeem his creation, and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God. As such, we wait for the bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived, the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God, and the everlasting punishment of those who have rejected God’s forgiveness in His Son.