It is our source of understanding about God. Its contents, its place in history and our exposure to it convinces us that it has been written by God’s inspiration and preserved through the centuries to be our principle guide for life, purpose and relationships. It instructs us on the meaning of humanity through history and gives us our specific role in that meaning. The Bible asserts that it is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (II Timothy 3:16, NIV) It gives us the Good News story of the coming of God to the earth. We spend much time and effort in learning about and integrating the Biblical teachings of Jesus and those who followed him into our lives. It has been demonstrated to be relevant in every culture and period of time since it was written 2,000+ years ago. We try to approach it with an open mind to let it make adjustments to our lives as opposed to interpreting it according to what we wish it to say.
The Biblical narrative that is celebrated at Christmas and Easter illustrates the core of our faith and teaching. “The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.” (John 1:14). The Word of creation…God…defined himself within time and space by living in a human body for a span of 33 years. He demonstrated and taught us the nature of the one who created us, laid his life down as a sacrifice for the mess we make of our lives and then raised from the dead and ascended back to his eternal existence beyond this world. However, he did not leave us “as orphans” (John 14:18) God’s Holy Spirit, remains with us to convict us, comfort us and direct us. Every person on the planet is invited to believe what God has told us and follow Jesus as Lord. This is the ultimate of Good News and we want to share it.
Grace and Truth.
Jesus lived the perfect blending of these two realities. We struggle to offer grace to each other, and at the same time, live within the truth of Jesus’ teaching. Though not always our realization, it is always our aspiration. Grace and Truth serve as a fundamental guide to how we live with each other in a fallen and damaged world.
God created the universe out of the community of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When he created man and woman, he invited us to join him in that fellowship. As people respond to his invitation of a God/man connection, we also merge into fellowship with each other. We were made for community. Grace Hills Church is a family of faith. Like all families we are not all the same and sometimes we have conflict, but we remain family, committed to living together within the Father’s mercy. And, we are a family that always desires to include new friends, new God seekers, new Christ followers.