Grace Christian Fellowship Church

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Grace Statements

Original Purpose Statement


Since the inception of GRACE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH OF WYANDOTTE COUNTY (November 1989) there have been certain characteristics that define the basis of our identity. Our goal has been to embrace these scriptural truths as foundational in our unique place in the Body of Christ. We are committed to a debt free policy and a strong emphasis on Missions (at least 25% of general funds).

GRACE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is an independent congregation, under the leadership of elders, that holds to the saving grace and Lordship of Jesus Christ as taught through the Scriptures.


1. TO BE THOROUGHLY GROUNDED THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST [COLOSSIANS 2:6, 7]

Using Acts 2:42 as a biblical guide, we adhere to four foundational practices for the maturing of the Church: (1) Biblical Preaching/Teaching, (2) Fellowship, (3) Lord's Supper, and (4) Prayers. We believe this includes an intergenerational concept--our intent is to keep families together as much as possible. We desire to help families bring up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord--seeking to establish godly homes conforming to the Biblical principles for marriage and parent-child relationships (Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:1-8; 1Peter 3:1-7).


2. TO PURSUE PERSONALLY THE HOLINESS OF CHRIST [1 PETER 1:16]

We are committed to pursuing a life of holiness (1 John 1:5-2:6). Specifically, we desire to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29), to live a separated life (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), to guard the teachings of Christ (Colossians 2:8; Matthews 17:5) and to bring glory to Christ in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17).


3. TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS CHRIST LOVES HIS OWN [JAMES 2:8]

We seek to be faithful in our love for one another (John 13:34,35; Ephesians 4:1-3). We realize the necessity to live out the defining principles of Christian love (Romans 12:9-21): (1) love without hypocrisy, (2) be devoted to one another, preferring one another, (3) distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality, (4) be of the same mind one to another, and (5) as much as possible live peaceably with all men, do not avenge yourselves. Biblical love confronts and disciplines an erring brother as necessary (2 Timothy 4:2). Our unity is centered on the sovereign Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Holy Scriptures. Loving one another can only be accomplished through faithfully abiding in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:7-9). Christian love knows no boundaries.


4. TO OBEY CHRIST’S GREAT COMMISSION LOCALLY AND WORLDWIDE [2 CORINTHIANS 5:20, 21]

Obedience to Christ's great commission begins within the local community and reaches the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20). It is every Christian’s responsibility to be light and salt, true ambassadors for Christ (Matthew 5:13-16). We are committed to make Christ known through individual and family witness (John 15:5). In obedience to these truths we will send and support missionaries.


5. TO PREACH CHRIST ONLY AS LORD AND SAVIOR [ACTS 4:10-12]

Our primary purpose for the Church assembly is to worship and glorify God, and to equip and encourage Believers in true righteousness. We embrace no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16,17). We do not profess to be the only Christians but Christians only.


Grace Christian Fellowship Church of Wyandotte County

The Elders reaffirmed this vision for Grace on May 6, 2004.

 

                              Teaching on Sunday Worship

The first requisite for corporate worship must be the preparation of self and family. What are some things to consider as we prepare for the magnificent privilege of experiencing the presence of God in church each Sunday morning?

1. Establish Saturday Preparations

It’s hard to concentrate on Christ with spiritual sensitivity on Sunday if our mind hasn’t been prepared properly on Saturday evening. In quiet and prayer, we can focus our family’s thoughts on going to church as a highlight, one of the best of times. We dare not miss it. Think of the many Christians in this world who do not have the privilege of Sunday School and church attendance.  Resolve that all in your household will go to church rested, early, and in a spirit of excited anticipation of meeting God. Preparation of our whole family is the key if Sunday is to be the kind of day God intends it to be. Proper Saturday evening preparation readies one for the magnificent privilege of experiencing Christ’s presence each Sunday morning. Therefore, we must be cautious with what we nourish our minds and spirits if we are to be spiritually active, attentive, and receptive the next day.

2. Enter with Reverence and Expectancy

“When does church attendance become more than an activity? When does it begin to shake us to the very depths of our being?  How often do we cancel attractive weekend plans because we don’t want to miss what’s happening at our local worship service?  How often do we so eagerly look forward to church that we arrive early? How often do we think, on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday, about the rich spiritual satisfaction we received from

time with God’s people on Sunday morning?” [Karen Mains,Christian author]

3. Encounter Spiritual Communion with Christ

Does your family leave church on Sunday literally captured by the supernatural truth of having met with the living Christ? We must develop the discipline of a heightened awareness of Christ. Paul writes in I Timothy 3:14-15: “I am writing these instructions to you so that…you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God”. Though we can worship God in spirit and truth at any time or place, many Christians have lost a very important concept—the holiness of a particular time and place. One reason for this loss may be that we are not marking the “time” of Sunday worship or the “place” of worship with a Sabbath understanding which calls one into the holy presence of the Lord. All days are holy, but some are more so. All moments can be sacred, but not unless we set aside some to be intensely so. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8.) “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Matthew 21:13).

4. Examine Standards of Conduct

Some church members gather to worship on Sunday, but can’t wait until the service ends. They sit by habit, sing hymns by rote, bow their heads as customary but think of other things--houses to furnish, clothing to buy, Sunday afternoon ballgames, and how long before worship is over. But we hardly think of Him. Do we make God weary in the ways we are unfaithful to Him in worship? Do we bring Him anguish as He watches us spoil His perfect plans! What do we and Christ observe in many present day worship services? Do the parents train their children in worship to sit and listen, take notes, sing hymns of praise to God, and pray to Him? Or just continually allow them to sleep, read books, color and draw pictures not related to worship instead of training them to worship? How will Christ win the hearts of a family when they don’t recognize Him or His House? How can the Holy Spirit minister to the needs of the people when they are distracted, dozing, thinking of other things? As His people do we no longer respect or fear Him or His House?


Grace Christian Fellowship Church of Wyandotte County

Compiled by the Elders’ wives and affirmed by the Elders on February 1, 2007.

 

Father's Headship


God has clearly revealed in Scripture a definite pattern of authority for the home. This God-given design for the family does not negate our personal worth as male and female. We all stand before the Lord as equal recipients of His love and grace. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for all are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). This equality of all does not cancel the authority structure of the Church (elders) nor does it alter the pattern of leadership in the home. God has established the headship of man. Headship speaks of authority and responsibility. It was first revealed in Genesis. “Unto the woman he said…thy husband...shall rule over thee” (Genesis 3:16). This concept has never been altered. It is foundational for the home, the Church and society. It was God’s design from the beginning. It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Genesis 2:22). God has designed the woman to complement her husband’s leadership. She walks beside him—not beneath his feet, but under his authority. So in marriage two become one, “therefore shall a man…cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:25). The harmony of this oneness is profound in the willingness of the husband to rule and the wife to submit.


The beauty of this structure is that our homes are to exemplify a visible portrayal of our relationship to the Lord: Jesus Christ the bridegroom and we, the church, His bride. Therefore, the wife submits to her husband just as the church submits to Christ and the husband rules as Christ is head of the church (Ephesians 5:22-24).  This headship of the man means that as a father he is responsible for the wellbeing and spiritual nourishment of his wife and children.  This does not take away from the woman’s important role to instruct and train her children (Proverbs 1:8). But God holds the man responsible for his household. Children have only one responsibility in the family—to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1-3).  In the scriptures children is an inclusive term. It is not a matter of either sex or age that is involved. God’s will for children is that they obey. Such obedience is perfectly demonstrated by the complete obedience of Christ to His Father.


Because of sin we live in a state of personal struggle against this holy commandment. Our society stands in opposition to the Word of God. The world’s influence has corrupted much of the Church’s acceptance of this truth. For the sake of our Christian testimony we must order our marriages and homes according to the supreme will of God. Therefore, we must guard against changing the biblical standard to accommodate the struggles of our flesh or the whims of our society. We must, by faith and true repentance, allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to “press toward the mark…of the high calling of

God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).


It is our desire at GRACE that we recognize these unalterable truths and equip fathers to rule their households with the authority and love of Jesus Christ.


Grace Christian Fellowship Church of Wyandotte County

The Elders affirmed this policy on April 30, 2005.

  

Modesty Standards


We live in a day where society has embraced immodesty and encouraged sensuality in clothing styles. In fact, it is increasingly difficult to shop for clothing apparel-- stores are hallmarked with a marketing ploy that is quite focused on indecency. It is becoming extremely difficult to resist being fashioned into the world’s mold.  But it is possible.


As Christians it is essential that we purpose to follow Christ in all areas of life. The Church has always accepted the scriptural

command that we dress with modesty. However, in recent years there has been a controversy over how to define modesty. What determines whether a garment is too short, too revealing, or too tight? Confusion over this issue has resulted because many have sought direction from our culture rather than the Word of God. Society is always in a state of change, but God’s Word remains unchangeable. The Hebrew writer states: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). His Word is where we discover true wisdom for applying His truth. What insights does scripture provide that will help define biblical modesty?


The place to begin is at the beginning. Man and woman were created by the hand of God and “they were both naked, the man

and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). Following man’s fall into sin “the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:7). The Hebrew word for apron means “a belt for the waist, something to gird about.” This was man’s solution, but not the Lord’s.


“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21). Please note that the

Hebrew word for coat means “to cover, as with a coat, garment or robe.” Most scholars agree this was a garment that hung from the shoulders to the knees. Some authorities believe it covered the body to the ankles. We can draw some important points from this account. First, clothing was established to cover nakedness, not to protect from the elements. Second, the Lord designed clothing that covered the same body portion of both the man and woman. Third, the clothing was loose fitting and did not accentuate the body’s natural curves. It would be wise to remind ourselves that what the Bible terms as naked is not always the absence of clothing, but the exposure of the body within the area originally covered by the Lord.


It is our desire at GRACE that we determine to be godly men and women. This will affect our choice of clothing. We are purposing to avoid any clothing that draws sensual attention to the body— things too short, tight or form fitting, exposure of what should be covered, things that give the appearance of falling off (low riding pants and skirts at the waist, shirts and sweaters at the shoulders) or the hint of undergarments. A good general rule to follow is… long, loose and lots. Please consider these relevant Scriptures: Deuteronomy 22:5; Luke 8:26-36; I Timothy 2:9, 10.


The biblical concept of modesty also includes our personal countenance and manner of behavior (Proverbs 6:12-13; 7:10-13;

Jeremiah 3:3). Therefore, as a Church we desire to reflect the purity of Christ through our eyes, facial expressions and body language. May we make a conscious effort to not defraud one another but do all for the glory of Christ our Lord.


Grace Christian Fellowship of Wyandotte County

The Elders reaffirmed these standards on October 7, 2005.