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What We Believe
the word of god
We believe that the 66 books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God's will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 4:4
We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit that these are equal in every distinct perfection and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
god the father
We believe in God the Father: an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:3
god the son
We believe that Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son, who has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is not only true God, but became true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We hold to His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension and exaltation into heaven, His present intercession as High Priest on behalf of His people, and His immanent, personal, visible, return and ultimate Kingdom and reign.
John 1:1-18; Hebrews 1:1-13, 4:14-16; Colossians 1:13-20; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Romans 8:34; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
god the holy spirit
We believe in the gift and the Person of the Holy Spirit, His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to implement Christ's work of redeeming the lost, and to empower the believer for godly living and service.
Titus 3:4-7; Romans 8:9-17; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; Galatians 5:16-25
We believe God originally created persons, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. All people are sinners by nature and choice and are spiritually dead, but those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:27-31, 3:1-24; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-23, 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-7; John 3:1-8
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross, and is received by faith, apart from any human merit, works or ritual. Those saved are held eternally secure by the power of God and will naturally bear the fruit of righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.
Ephesians 2:4-10; Acts 15:11; John 5:24; Romans 3:21-26, 5:6-11; Titus 3:5-8
the last things
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, in divine judgments, rewards and punishments.
John 5:21-29; Acts 24:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. The true Church is composed of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This body expresses itself in sovereign and autonomous local assemblies whose members have been immersed having declared their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. These assemblies are associated for worship, for instruction, for service, and to fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples to the ends of the earth. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer's baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper.
On June 10, 1951, sixty people gathered at the VFW Hall in Milwaukie to lay the foundation for a new church plant. Back then, Milwaukie was still a rural community of just 5,000 residents. But, it was a place poised to grow and everyone who gathered that day wanted to be ready to make an impact for Jesus. The church was initially called First Baptist and was committed to the Word of God, and taking the Good News of Jesus to Milwaukie and the ends of the earth.
Today, we are known as GracePointe. Though the times have changed and styles are different, we are still the same community of faith – committed to the Word of God, loving our community, and reaching out to everyone with the love of Jesus.