Welcome home! We are delighted you decided to join the Greater Grace Church family. As Pastor Griffin always says, “You made the right decision because you’ll never find another church like Greater Grace Church.” We've all been new to faith or to a church family at some point and we want to make sure you have a solid foundation to stand against whatever may come your way. So whether you've recently prayed the Prayer of Salvation or you're coming from another church home, we want you to know that you do not have to navigate this Christian walk alone.
Congratulations, on your decision to make Greater Grace your church home! Now what? We know that joining a new church home can be overwhelming so let us pull back the cloak of mystery. Our goal is to ensure you feel like you belong here—and that starts from day one.
When you took the walk of faith that led to join our family of faith, you were greeted by a member of your Tribe. We use the Tribes as a method to reconnect the membership of Greater Grace Church by supporting family and individuals and uniting our efforts to reach the lost. By emphasizing the vision to ignite enthusiasm and by sharing information through Christian Education to further promote the principles of the Church, which represent the commission and commandment given to us by Jesus Christ we hope to accomplish our mission without allowing people or information to get lost in transmission.
It was God's plan that He would have a family here on earth, as He has a family in heaven. By making each of us mutually dependent on each other we are drawn together into a family relationship. At Greater Grace Church, we desire for people to get connected with one another and form genuine relationships while also actively participating in their own spiritual growth. The church is ultimately a family (2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 3:14; 1 Timothy 5:1-2). So think of your Tribe as your family within your family.
If you've recently accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the next step for you is baptism. Baptism is a service commanded by Christ to be practiced in the church, as an act of obedience following repentance and faith (Acts 2:38-39). It involves the submersion of the body in water. This symbolized the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior; it is seen as the act by which the believer enters the fellowship of the church. On the first Sunday or first Wednesday following the first Sunday of the month, you will be taken down into the water by Pastor Griffin and a member of our Ministerial Staff. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to share in this wonderful expression of your new commitment to God.
Jesus left us with a command to remember His suffering and death. He spent His last evening on earth with His disciples and demonstrated the way He wanted us to remember. This tradition is called "communion" and is celebrated by sharing bread and wine among the believers. Jesus told us that the bread represents His body. At supper, He broke the bread to indicate His death. He told us that the wine represents His blood, which was lost while He died (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 26:26-28). We partake of this holy ordiance every first Sunday and first Wednesday following the first Sunday of the month—for Jesus said, "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come" (1 Corinthians 11:26).
It's always nice to get some background information when starting something new. That's why Pastor Griffin created The Compass Course—offered twice a year in conjunction with Pancakes with the Pastor. This time has been designed to teach you the principles on which our church has been organized, our beliefs, and other topics that are vital for your spiritual growth and development. At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion along with a CD of one of Pastor Griffin's sermons.
We all have time, talents, and treasures to offer for the building of God’s Kingdom and edification of the body of Christ. At Greater Grace, you will find several outlets through which you may serve. Our family of ministries is designed to help you reach your God ordained destiny and foster your spiritual growth. We are thankful for the Spirit’s gifting of us all and encourage every person within our church family to exercise their gifts to build up one another. For those who are unsure of how the Spirit has gifted them, we offer the time and opportunities to discover your giftedness through many avenues of ministry. You are encouraged to join a ministry and become actively involved in the church. Join a ministry today!