Grace+Peace is a new church glorifying God by delighting in the gospel, belonging in community, and sacrificing for our world.
The Four Core Values of G+P:
We will worship in Word, Sacrament, and Spirit…
By joyfully delighting in the free grace of God in Christ Jesus.
By gathering around the richness of the Scriptures.
By worshiping in ways that are beautiful and emotionally expressive.
By inviting diverse people and cultures into the worship service.
We will be connected…
By helping people discover a deep sense of belonging to Christ and to one another.
By partnering with other churches and ministries.
By initiating in relationship to reach across socio-economic, cultural, and racial lines.
By pursuing a robust life of service to one another in the community because found people, find people.
We will warmly welcome…
By loving people in the power of the Holy Spirit.
By delighting in time together and having fun.
By being outward-facing and radically hospitable.
We will love the city as Jesus loves it…
By embracing its particular beauty and brokenness.
By affirming the positive aspects of culture.
By sacrificially serving the people and places of Chattanooga.
By partnering with other groups that are likewise seeking the good of Chattanooga.
Grace+Peace Church is Christ-centered, gospel saturated, winsomely reformed, and passionately missional.
When someone asks what Grace+Peace Church believes, there are often different concerns behind the question. Some want to know about our theological distinctives. Others desire greater clarity about what it means to be a Presbyterian Church. Still others are concerned about engagement with the world in matters of evangelism and mercy. While this summary may not answer every question, it provides a helpful launching pad for further exploration!
Grace+Peace’s faith and life are anchored in the historic Christian faith as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Together with Christians throughout the ages we affirm the historic Nicene and Apostle’s creeds and such foundational truths as:
The Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible is God's Word, completely trustworthy and without error. It is the ultimate authority for all that we believe and practice in life.
The Bible teaches that one real and personal God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Bible teaches that human beings are created gloriously in the image of their creator to enjoy God and live out his purposes in this world. Nevertheless, the human race, on account of our first parents, has become estranged from its creator through the overwhelming power of sin. Left to ourselves, we would not fulfill the magnificent purpose for which we were created, but instead perish forever.
The Person of Jesus Christ
Out of God’s sheer love and grace, God the Son took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from its lost condition. In so doing, Jesus lived a sinless life, obeyed God's law completely, suffered and died on the cross of Calvary, and then was physically raised on the third day. He did all this to accomplish the salvation of his people.
Faith & Repentance
Each person can receive this salvation by renouncing their former manner of life and believing in Jesus Christ alone. This is not something we earn (by good works), but itself a gift of God’s grace. An obedient life (good works) is lived in the power of the Holy Spirit and evidence of the salvation we have freely received by grace.
We use this term to refer to best news given by God to the world through Jesus Christ. If you’d like to see more of the story, we recommend you watch this short video.
The church is the people of God from all ages, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, the head of the church, also called "the body of Christ." Christians join together in local communities or churches to worship their Lord, to grow together in his likeness, and to enjoy serving him together.
What does "Presbyterian" mean?
Presbyterians are a denomination with deep historic roots in Chattanooga. We stress God’s kingship over all creation, Jesus’ perfect work of salvation, and an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit. "Presbyterian" simply refers to the way the church is governed. In Greek, the word "presbeuteros" means elder or shepherd (Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1; 1 Timothy 5:17; Acts 15; Acts 16:4; Acts 20:17; James 5:14). Our pastor is held accountable by other pastors in the region who make up a presbytery.
Finally, as a member of the Presbyterian Church in America, we trace our theological and ecclesiastical roots to the Reformed tradition of Protestantism. The Westminster Standards is a wonderful expression of the Bible’s core teachings and has served as the doctrinal standard for Presbyterians since the seventeenth century.
Grace+Peace Church joyfully partners with churches and ministries in Chattanooga, the United States, and across the globe.