Our Constitution

GraceLife Church's Constitution & Articles of Governance
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ARTICLE 1 - NAME

This local New Testament body of believers in Jesus Christ shall be known as GraceLife Church.

 
ARTICLE 2 - PURPOSE

GraceLife Church exists to bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 10:31) through worship (John 4:23-24), through the faithful preaching and teaching of the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17), through the fellowship of God’s people (Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:3), through the proclamation of the excellencies of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28; 1 Peter 2:9), through the keeping of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42; 1 Corinthians 11:26) and through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8). See STATEMENT OF FAITH, APPENDIX A.
    ARTICLE 4 - FINANCES & PROPERTY
  • Financial records shall be maintained by the Financial Secretary, who shall be responsible for the receipt, recording and deposit of funds, and a Treasurer who shall be responsible for record keeping, reporting and disbursement of funds.
     
    The Financial Secretary and Treasurer shall be appointed by, fully accountable to, and serve at the direction and will of the elders. Any and all financial records of the church shall be made available to the elders at their request.
     
    The elders shall be solely responsible for all financial decisions of the church, including, but not limited to, the purchase, acquisition and maintenance of equipment, land, property and loans and distribution of church funds.
    ARTICLE 5 - DISSOLUTION
  • The dissolution of the church shall occur only upon a unanimous decision of the elders of GraceLife Church. In the event of dissolution, it shall be the responsibility of the elders to liquidate all assets, settle all financial obligations of the church and contribute any remaining funds to a ministry or church of like-faith and practice. Under no circumstances shall the elders monetarily benefit from the dissolution of the church.
    APPENDIX A - STATEMENT OF FAITH
  • We believe and affirm the FIVE SOLAS of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone).
     
    We believe in the inspiration, inerrancy, infallibility, veracity and sufficiency of the Bible and trust in it as our single source of authority for beliefs and practices. (John 17:17; Psalm 19:7-9, 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3, 20-21)
     
    We believe there is but one true and living God who is an infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and love existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Samuel 15:29; Isaiah 45:5-7; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
     
    We believe mankind was created in the image and likeness of God; as a result of Adam's sin all men inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, are totally depraved, and thus are unable to remedy their lost condition apart from divine grace. (Genesis 6:5, 8:21; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 10:4; 51:5; Ecclesiastes 9:3; Matthew 12:34-35; Mark 7:21-23; 10:18; John 1:12-13, 3:6, 19, 27; 6:44, 63, 65; Acts 11:18; 18:27; Romans 1:28-31; 3:10, 23, 5:12, 19, 7:18, 8:7-8, 9:16, 12:3; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 21-24, 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 2:1-5, 8-9; 4:17-18; Philippians 1:29; Colossians 1:21; 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:24-25; 1 John 1:8, 10)
     
    We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for His own glory, chose a great multitude of men and women to eternal life as an act of His free and sovereign grace. His sovereign choosing was in no way dependent upon His foresight of human faith, decision, works or merit. (Matthew 22:14; John 1:12-13; 6:39; 15:16; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:28-30, 33; 9:11, 16; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11; 2:8-9; Colossians 1:12-13; 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:9; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:2)
     
    We believe that those who are called by grace are justified in the sight of God on account of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, which is received by faith alone. Salvation then is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. (Romans 3:24-25; 4:5-7, 5:9-10, 19; 8:33; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 8:9; Galatians 2:16-21; 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Titus 3:7)
     
    We believe in the virgin birth, the sinless life of Christ, the vicarious substitutionary atonement of Christ, the resurrection of Christ from the dead, a literal heaven and hell, and the eternal security of the believer. (Isaiah 7:14; 53:12; Matthew 1:23, 25; 25:41-46; Mark 9:43, 48; Luke 1:26-35; 16:19-26, 28; John 1:1, 14; 3:36; 5:26-29; 10:15, 27-30; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 3:24-25; 4:25; 5:8-9; 6:5-10; 8:1-16; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 4:13-18; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:13-15)
     
    We believe the universal church is a spiritual entity composed of all born-again persons of this age of which Christ is the head. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 9:31; I Corinthians 12:28; 15:9; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18)
     
    We believe that the local church shall be governed by a plurality of servant leaders (male elders/pastors) who are accountable to God and each other to lead, guide, teach and shepherd the flock that has been entrusted to them. (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 3:5; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
     
    We believe in the importance of church membership and commitment to the local church, which is the pillar and support of the truth. It is to and through the local church that believers are to exercise their spiritual gifts for the edification of the body of Christ. (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:4-16; 1 Timothy 3:15)
     
    We believe that baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are gospel ordinances belonging only to regenerated believers. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Mark 1:5, 10; Acts 2:38; 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 23-26, 33-34)
     
    We believe in the imminent return of Christ for His church and a literal future millennial kingdom. (Ezekiel 37:21-28; Daniel 7:17-22; Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-46; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Titus 2:13; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7)