Welcome To Grace Church Halewood
Halewood is an expanding suburb on the outskirts of Liverpool. It is perhaps best known for the Jaguar Land Rover car plant as well as Everton's Football Academy.
Grace Church began in 2006 as a brand new church plant. Within Grace there are people of all ages, from all walks of life. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, we love Jesus Christ and have a personal relationship with the living God through faith. We want to share the good news of the Gospel with our family, friends and community
‘Grace' means God’s unearned, undeserved love for undeserving sinners.
There is absolutely nothing we have done, or can do, to make ourselves right with God. Thankfully though, God has done for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
His outrageous and outstanding grace has provided salvation for us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
His grace is the common thread that runs through every expression of worship and ministry - grace is central to all that we are and try to do.
'Church' refers not to a building or place but to people - ordinary people whose lives have been changed by the Gospel and who share this life transforming news with others. Every Christian is a missionary and every relationship is an opportunity.
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will for His own glory.
God has revealed Himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
The Human Race
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of sin entering our world, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all His words are true. On the cross He died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by His blood. He rose from the dead and in His resurrection body ascended into heaven where He is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for His people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in His love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members with gifts for worship, service and mission.
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the Head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the teaching of the Bible.
Baptism has been given to the Church by Christ as a visible sign of obedience to Him. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life.
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper has been given to the Church by Christ as a visible reminder of His death. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.
We have been made by God and for God... As a church we want to please, praise, honour and glorify the Living God and grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ, His Son.
The Bible is our final authority in everything... As a church we want to read, hear, study, understand, learn, love, apply and obey God's Word.
We make the Gospel believable by the way we live... As a church we want our families, friends and neighbours to see a consistency between who we are, what we say and what we do.
We have the privilege of being God's representatives and Christ's ambassadors... As a church we want to share the good news of salvation with those we know and those around us.
We are God's hands and feet in this generation... As a church we want to equip, empower and enable believers to serve not out of guilt or mere duty, but out of gratitude and to do so in areas for which they are burdened and have been gifted by God.
We want to have biblical balance in our lives... As a church we want our service for Christ to be sincere and diligent, hallmarked with passion and urgency - remembering that time is extremely short and the needs are great. We will also be careful not to burn ourselves out - quality is always better than quantity.
Freedom to serve while maintaining accountability... As a church we want to release and allow each other to discover and fulfil our Christian potential, while remembering that we are all interdependent, parts of one body. We are therefore glad to be accountable and to watch out for ‘one another'.
Prayerfully waiting on God is the key to renewing our strength... As a church we want prayer to be at the heart of everything we do.
Faith's ‘WOW' factor... As a church we never want to lose our sense of amazement at God's greatness, goodness and grace in sending His Son to save undeserving sinners like us. We are constantly aware of our need of the Holy Spirit to empower and enable us to fulfil each aspect of our vision.