Susquehanna Grace Community Church

What We Believe

  • The Bible is the Word of God. It is accurate and dependable upon which one may live one’s life.  All sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are inspired by the Holy Spirit and are profitable in our lives to teach us, to reprove us, correct us, and for purposes in training us in righteousness so that we may be able to do all that God has called us to do (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • There is only one true God who has eternally existed as three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
  • Jesus is the Christ, the promised one who is God, having always existed with God the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-3), who became flesh, was born of a virgin (John 1:14), lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), who died (by crucifixion) as an atonement for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21), rose from the dead (Luke 24:36-43), ascended to Heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33), and will someday return to reign supreme over the earth (Acts 1:11; Revelation 11:15).
  • The Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Godhead (Acts 5:2-4), has eternally existed, is the drawing agent at work in us to bring conviction of sin, who opens our eyes, softens our hearts, gives us ears to hear the gospel, and enables us to come to the Father through Jesus Christ (John 16:8-11). He indwells us at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians 12:13), fills us (Ephesians 5:18), and empowers us to follow Christ and to serve our Savior (Ephesians 3:16;  Acts 1:8; Romans 5:12).
  • The account of creation of all that we know is found in the book of Genesis. We discover in the Gospel of John and the Letter to the Colossians that all things created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers, rulers or authorities, all things were made by Jesus and for Jesus (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-20) by His great power and outstretched arms (Jeremiah 32:17).
  • All things created were purposefully made as described in Genesis 1. While there exists transformations and variations within species, there is no crossover where one species is transformed into another. The order of creation and its time frame is accurately described in Genesis and is a historical record (including a world-wide flood).
  • Human life is sacred and valued by God in all its forms (Psalm 139) and exists in His image. As such, it is to be treasured and protected as described in Scripture (Genesis 9:5-6). One of the divine roles of government is to administer justice and protect the weak and innocent (Romans 13:1-5).
  • Man is a direct creation of God (Genesis 1:26-28), who rebelled against God through disobedience and as a result is spiritually dead (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12) and needs a Savior (Romans 3:9-18; 6:23; John 4:42).
  • Sin is defined as falling short of God’s standard of perfection (Romans 3:23). At its core the nature of man is to seek his own will and way rather than live in submission and harmonious relationship with His Creator (Romans 3:10-18). Our rebellious and self-centeredness rather than God centeredness manifests itself in our propensity towards (and involvement in) sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like (Galatians 5:19-21). All these things are only the fruit of our corrupt nature which we inherited from Adam (Romans 5:12).
  • We (each of us) are saved from our sin and have peace with God not by any good work(s) that we have done, but absolutely by the grace and mercy of God through the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah (Romans 4:5; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9). Our salvation is a gift from God through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection. The gift of salvation from God is not earned or deserved through our good works (Romans 6:23).
  • The gift of salvation is eternal and secure (Revelation 20:15; Romans 8:1, 35-39).
  • The Church is described as the Body of Christ and Christ’s Bride (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-32). The Body is composed of all true believers of this present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-13) and is manifested throughout local churches for worship, edification of believers and the propagation of the good news of Christ locally and throughout the world (Acts 1:8-9; Ephesian 4:11-16). The true Church is not limited or restricted to any one particular denomination or expression of faith in Christ.
  • A true follower of Christ endeavors to live a life of righteousness, good works, and separation to God from the evil ways and affections of the world (Romans 12:1-2). This is manifested by speaking truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22-6:4), living at peace with one another as much as is possible (Romans 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6) and the pursuit of knowing Christ more(Philippians 3:7-11).
  • The two ordinances (that which is commanded until Christ returns) of the church are Baptism (Matthew 28:19-20) and Communion (John 13:1-17; 1 Corinthians 11:20-26, 33-34). Baptism is reserved for believers who profess an acceptance and allegiance in following Christ (Acts 2:38, 41; 8:34-9). It is the practice of SGCC to baptize new believers by triune immersion, and to participate in the remembrance and proclamation of our Lord’s death and His soon return through frequent partaking of the Bread & the Cup, and periodically reenacting the Lord’s Supper through a common meal, foot washing, and the Bread & the Cup (John 13).
  • As believers, we have an adversary, the Devil (Satan), who accuses us before the Father day and night (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10-12). He once existed as the most beautiful and glorious creature of all of God’s creation (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-17). His subsequent fall from the presence of God and the following of one third of God’s angels resulted in an adversarial relationship between Satan and his following and God and His people (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-8). Satan is limited in his power and authority by God Himself and his end is certain (Revelation 20:10).
  • There is coming a time in the future when we as believers, who are alive at the time, will experience the visible and imminent return of Christ (not preceding those who “sleep”), when Christ will remove his church from the earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) before a tribulationary period on earth (seven years) and at its conclusion return with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Revelation 19:11-20:6) where we will reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 20:6).
  • One of Christ’s wonderful promises to His disciples was the promise that He was going to prepare a place for us so that where He is, we will be also (John 14:14:1-4). Those who die prior to the coming of Christ experience a conscious existence in His presence (2 Corinthians 5:6-10) and will receive a new body fit for heaven on the day of Christ’s return to earth when He gathers His church prior to the Tribulation (1 Corinthians 15:35-55).
  • There is a literal Heaven and a literal Lake of Fire (Revelation 20-21). Upon death of our physical bodies, we immediately enter into an eternal state of bliss with our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus the Christ, or eternal torment, separated forever from the loving grace of God in total darkness and loneliness.
  • There are two future judgments: one for believers in Christ, the other for unbelievers (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).