Beliefs

The Mission of Grace Lutheran Church is to develop passionate Christ followers who bring His life-changing love to our community.

Grace is a church focused first and foremost on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His story is at the very center of all we teach. Jesus is a real historic person and truly God come to earth. He brought divine healing and power to the earth, but people rejected him, crucified him. After three days he rose from the dead. After his rising He sent out his followers to bring new life to a dying creation. This is the narrative at the heart of the Christian life. Our story is caught up in this grand narrative of God’s activity in the world today. One day Jesus will come again and bring the fulfillment of his kingdom. Until he returns, we proclaim this true story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

The Bible
We believe that the Bible’s main purpose is to show us Jesus and that through Jesus we have eternal life (John 20:21-22). Our sermons and studies are filled with the Good News of God’s ongoing restoration of the broken creation.

The Trinity
Grace teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Lutheran
Being “Lutheran,” Grace accepts and teaches the Bible-based writings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

  • Grace Alone
    God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
  • Faith Alone
    By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
  • Scripture Alone
    The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

Holy Communion
Communion is a special meal for all confessing and believing Christians. As Lutheran Christians we believe Christ’s body and blood are truly present, and in this meal, we receive the forgiveness of our sins and power for Christian living. If you are in true repentance and have faith in these words, “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” we urge you to participate. Communion is generally celebrated on the 1st , 3rd and 5th Sundays of each month in both our Classical Praise and Contemporary Praise services.

Baptism

Baptism for Adults and Students

In baptism, God pours out His grace and His Spirit on us. “…so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7) This day comes at a different time for each of us. Every life is a journey and your baptism day begins a new chapter. If you want to know more about baptism or are ready to take this incredible step, please contact Pastor Widger at dwidger@grace.lc or 817-274-1626 to talk.

Baptism for Infants and Children

Baptism is a special gift from God where God sets his affection on us and makes everlasting promises to us. BUT, it’s only a beginning. It’s an incredible beginning, but it’s still a beginning. As parents, you will become the single most important figures in the journey that follows after your child’s baptism. And we want to help you guide them on that journey. Whether you are expecting a child, ready to schedule a baptism for your child, or just have questions about baptizing infants and children, join us for the next baptism orientation. During this orientation you will receive information on what the Bible has to say, learn more about leading your child on their spiritual journey, and we’ll share parent resources that are available. Plus, your child will receive a special gift, a Bible designed for them. The orientation is a great way to connect with our Grace staff and learn about how we can grow together. Contact Serena Pace space@grace.lc to find out more. (Photo credit: S. Sorensen)

Prayer

We are dedicated to a ministry of prayer. Through a relationship with Jesus Christ we can come before our God and share all our needs with Him. He hears our prayers not because of our worthiness or merit, but simply because He is full of grace and mercy. He is not impressed with our techniques or postures of prayer, but loves to answer those who cry out to Him with simple childlike faith. If you are in need of prayer, please share your needs with us in person or by email. All prayer requests are prayed for by our staff each week.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phil. 4:6

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7