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First and foremost, Grace Independent Bible Baptist Church is an historic, traditional Baptist church; that is, we hold to a set of doctrinal practices that have been at the heart of Bible Believing Baptist churches throughout the church age.  The following acrostic gives a basic summary of those beliefs and practices. While it is not comprehensive, it will give you a good understanding of Who We Are as Baptists. Please just place your cursor on the Bible verse reference to read the Scripture reference. A list of our church's staff missionaries and evangelist follows.


IBLICAL AUTHORITY – Mark 1:2-8, Matt. 3:1-17, II Tim. 3:16-17, Acts 20:27, Isa. 8:20, I John 5:9-11.  The Bible is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice because the Bible is inspired by God and bears the absolute authority of God Himself. Whatever the Bible affirms, Baptists accept as true. No human opinion or decree of any church group can override the Bible. Even creeds and confessions of faith, which attempt to articulate the theology of Scripture, do not carry Scripture's inherent authority. Others only partially preach the Bible. Acts 20:27 the Baptist Way!


UTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH – I Cor. 5:1-13, I Cor. 6:1-7. The local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church. All human authority for governing the local church resides within the local church itself. Thus the church is autonomous, or self-governing. No religious hierarchy outside the local church may dictate a church's beliefs or practices. Christ is the Head, the Holy Spirit our Administrator, and the Bible our only Rule Book. The church is not subject to outside authority or influence. It is Independent of man and mankind's organizations, Dependent upon Christ.


I Pet. 2:9-10, Heb. 4:16.  Every born-again believer has direct access to the throne of God.  Therefore, since every child of God shares in the priesthood of the believers, all have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God, interpret Scripture, and minister in Christ's name.  This is first and foremost a matter of responsibility and servanthood, not privilege and license.

WO ORDINANCES (Not Sacraments) – Acts 2:41-42, Rom. 6:4-5, I Cor. 11:23-30. We practice only believer's baptism by immersion, which is the only acceptable mode for baptism because it alone preserves the picture of saving truth. No other form pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:1-5). We believe that the Lord's Supper is a symbolic ordinance, picturing Christ's body broken for our sins and His blood shed for our redemption. It is not a saving ordinance, but helps us remember His death, and inspires us while looking forward to His coming. It is to be observed by regenerate, obedient believers. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – Both for Saved.


Rom. 14:12, II Cor. 5:1-10, John 8:36, Acts 5:29, I Cor. 8:9-13, John 14:15.
  Every individual has the liberty to believe, right or wrong, as his/her own conscience dictates. While we seek to persuade men to choose the right, a person must not be forced into compliance, realizing that it is not always the larger group who holds the truth when, in fact, our heritage as Baptists has demonstrated the worth of every individual believer. "He that complies against his will, Is of his own opinion still. . ." (Samuel Butler)

EPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE  –  Matt. 22:21, John 18:36. God established both the church and the civil government, and He gave each its own distinct sphere of operation. The government's purposes are outlined in Romans 13:1-7 and the church's purposes in Matthew 28:19-20. Neither should control the other, nor should there be an alliance between the two. Christians in a free society can properly influence government toward righteousness, which is not the same as a group of churches controlling the government.
  Our only Business is Souls – II Tim. 4:2, Mark 16:15-16,  Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8.


WO LOCAL CHURCH OFFICES – I Tim. 3:1-13. The Bible mandates only two offices in the church--pastor and deacon. The three terms, "pastor," "elder," and "bishop," or "overseer," all refer to the same office. The two offices of pastor and deacon exist within the local church, not as a hierarchy outside or over the local church.


AVED MEMBERSHIP – John 3:3-7, Eph. 1:1, II Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15, Rom. 8:9.  Local church membership is restricted to individuals who give a believable testimony of personal faith in Christ and have publicly identified themselves with Him in believer's baptism. When the members of a local church are believers, a oneness in Christ exists, and the members can endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Staff Missionaries and Evangelist

  The following list indicates those men and women sent out of Grace Independent Bible Baptist Church who are part of our continuing work to carry out the Great Commission (Isa. 6:8; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8) and their field or ministry.  We also support nearly 50 other ministries, both domestic and international.

  • Allison, Jeff and Debra – The Czech Republic
  • Gray, Glendon and Martha – Bibles to the Nations
  • Hanson, Russ and Rosie – Bibles to the Nations
  • Harper, Reiner and Susan – Toronto, Canada
  • Lyons, Bill and Lisa – Mt. Fiji, Japan
  • Phillips, Bob and Charlene – Colville Indian Reservation, Washington
  • Reaves, Danny and Ruby – Mexico
  • Reaves, John and Racheal – The Czech Republic, EDIFY
  • Schirtzinger, James and Wanda – Yankton Indian Reservation, South Dakota
  • Sowards, Raymond and Beverly – Colville Indian Reservation, Washington

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