For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
What is the Gospel?
Being a Christian is about more than identifying yourself with a particular church or religion. At its core, it’s about embracing what the Bible says about who God is, who you are, and how you can be right with God.
Who is God?
The Bible teaches that God is the creator of the universe (Gen 1:1) and the sovereign ruler over everything (Ps 103:19). Everyone belongs to Him, and therefore He has absolute authority over our lives (Psalm 27:1). God is also holy (Isaiah 6:3), meaning He is perfect in every way, and incapable of committing or approving of evil (James 1:3). God created man to be like Him, and demands that we be holy as well (1 Peter 1:16).
Who am I?
The first man—Adam—was good when he was created (Genesis 1:31). But he disobeyed God, and his sin alienated him from God. Every one of us has followed in Adam’s ways and has rebelled against God. The Bible says that all of us are guilty of sin (Romans 3:23) and are incapable of living a truly righteous life. Though we may do good things in our life, we are unable to live up to God’s holy standard or please Him on our own (Romans 3:10-12).
In our sinful condition, we live under the condemnation of God. Since He is holy and just, God cannot allow sin to go unpunished (Ezekiel 18:4). Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” If we were to die in our sinful condition, God’s judgment would require eternal punishment.
How can I be made right with God?
The Bible teaches that, although we are incapable of pleasing God on our own, God has provided a way for us to be made right with Him. He has shown His love and mercy on us by sending His own Son to pay the penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ—the sinless Son of God—became a man, lived a perfect life, and then suffered and died on a cross. In that act, God poured out His wrath for sin on His own perfect Son. Jesus acted as our substitute, dying our death so that we might have His life. Simply put: God treated His perfect Son as if he lived our sinful life, so that He might treat us as if we lived Jesus’ sinless life (2 Cor 5:21). When God raised Him from the dead three days later, it showed the world that Jesus had fully satisfied God’s righteous justice against sin (Rom 4:24) and guaranteed that all those who are in Christ have eternal life (John 11:25-26).
How can we have forgiveness of sin and new life in Jesus? Romans 10:9 says that “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” There are two components to this promise:
1. “Confess…Jesus as Lord”: this means that you must acknowledge Jesus Christ as sovereign over your life. Captured in the biblical word repentance, it speaks of a person who is broken over their sin, who hates the person they are, and who is willing to leave behind their old life to follow after Christ (Matt 16:24).
2. “Believe…God raised Him from the dead”: this means that you must place your complete trust in Christ’s death and resurrection as the only means of salvation. Captured in the biblical word faith, it speaks of a person who understands that they can do nothing to contribute towards their own salvation and so trusts that God has taken care of all their sin through the death and resurrection of Christ.
So then, how can we have forgiveness of sin and new life in Jesus? Simply repent of your sin by turning away from it and confessing it to God and trust in Christ’s death and resurrection as the only hope for salvation, and God promises that “you will be saved” (Rom 10:9).
These reflect the core theological emphases that shape and guide the direction and ministries of Anchorage Grace Church.
God is holy, majestic, and transcendent, and our worship must reflect that. Worship is about God, not about us.
The Bible is God’s revelation to us about the person and work of Jesus Christ. Everything we do as a church must reflect the centrality of the Word to save and sanctify.
The gospel unites believers together in true community. What we do as a church must always promote and foster that unity in love and truth.
The church’s mission is to make disciples of all the nations. We evangelize the lost and integrate converts into the local church where they can grow into mature disciples.
Statement of Faith
The Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21).
The One True God
Existing eternally as three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14).
The Lord Jesus Christ
His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matt 1:18-23), sinless life (Heb 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Cor 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Heb 4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11).
The Holy Spirit
His personality (John 16:7-15) and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Cor 12:13; Rom 8:9), and filling (Eph 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Eph 3:16; Acts 1:8; Gal 5:22-23).
His direct creation in the image of God (Gen 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen 3:1-24; Rom 5:12), and the necessity of new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).
A complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Pet 1:18-19).
One true Church, the body and bride of Christ (Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Cor 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph 4:11-16).
The Christian Life
A life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Rom 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (Jas 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (1 Cor 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men (Rom 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Eph 6:18; Phil 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (Jas 5:13-18).
Christians should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers by immersion (Matt 28:19) and (2) communion of the bread and the cup (1 Cor 11:23-26).
His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Rev 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Rev 20:10).
The Second Coming
The personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His church from the earth (1 Thess 4:16-17) before the tribulation (1 Thess 1:10; Rev 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev 19:11-20:6).
The conscious existence of the dead (Phil 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Rom 14:10-12); 2 Cor 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt 25:46; Rev 20:15).