What To Expect
First, let me say thank you for taking the time to visit this site. We are thrilled that you would consider GraceWay Baptist Church as an option for your spiritual welfare. We do not take that lightly, thank you.
Before we go any further, let me introduce myself and my dear wife. We are Bruce and Donna Cook. We count it a privilege and an honour to be your servant and would love to be a blessing to you and your family in any way possible.
When you visit GraceWay Baptist Church you will find a refreshingly new church with a heart for improving your personal welfare both spiritually, socially and with an interest in providing you with a friendly atmosphere of fellowship.
Our goal is to provide people with solid answers to life’s perplexing questions. We hope that you would take this visit a step further and stop in and be a part of the services here at GraceWay. Take the opportunity to visit and get to know a people who love you and desire to be a blessing to you and your family.
It is our purpose to help people to know that they can have a meaningful life and that they can grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and to help them live a life that will honour and glorify His name. Through:
- Inspiring people to have a heart for God
- Through the ministry of music and the preaching of God’s Word
- Including people in the church family
- Through membership into the local church
- Through fellowship and service
- Through caring for people and meeting their needs
- Instructing people from God’s Word
- Through preaching and teaching that is relevant, applicable and
- Through personal discipleship
- Involving people in the ministry of Christ
- Through teaching people to develop their spiritual gifts
- Through equipping saints for the ministry
- Impacting our region and the world with the gospel
- Through special events throughout the year
- Through evangelism in Sarnia and the surrounding areas
- Through church planting here in Ontario and Canada
- Through community related events
- Through faith promise missions giving to support missionaries around the world
We simply desire that all people have a great relationship with God, knowing they can have forgiveness and peace and live a life abundant and free, all centered in God’s Word and Will.
Scriptures. We believe the Bible is the wonderful word of God given to us to know God in a greater way. With that in mind, we believe in reading and living by the word of God in its purest form the King James Bible. In that purity, it shows itself to be without error in all matters and is the perfect authority in faith and practice. Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:89; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21.
Godhead. We believe in one God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that they are equal in every divine perfection and are executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Matthew 28:19; John 14:7-12; John 16:7.
Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, begotten by the Holy Spirit: that He is fully God and fully man. We believe Jesus shed His blood to atone for our sins, willingly gave His life as a ransom for all, was bodily raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He now makes intercession for us, and is coming again to receive His own. Matthew 1:18-21; John 1:1-2; Acts 1:8-11; Colossians 1:19-20.
Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, the third person of the Godhead, and that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment, that He indwells the believer at the moment of regeneration, and that He infills and empowers believers for service as they yield themselves and surrender to His will. John 15:26; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18.
Sin. We believe that man, who was created in God’s image, became a sinner through voluntary disobedience to God’s Word, and that through one man’s sin the curse of sin came upon all humankind, resulting in not only physical, but also spiritual death. There is not one without sin, therefore all are in need of a Saviour. Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14-15.
Salvation. We believe sinful humankind can only be saved by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, that through His resurrection we have the free gift of eternal life, and that by the power of God we are secure in Christ, eternally saved. The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin – past, present, and future, and is sufficient to save anyone who will believe. John 10:27-30; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.
Church. We believe the Local New Testament Church is a local organized assembly of immersed believers actively engaged in carrying out the Great Commission and the observance of the two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe the church is the Body of Christ and was founded by Him. Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 12:12-31; Hebrews 10:25.
Baptism. We believe that baptism is one of two ordinances committed to the local New Testament Church, that immersion is the only scriptural method, and Salvation it’s only prerequisite. It is a step of obedience and a symbol that publicly identifies the believer with Christ Romans 6:1-5; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-38.
Lord’s Supper. We believe the Lord’s Supper to be a church ordinance in commemoration of the Lord’s death till He comes again. The unleavened bread representing His body, and the cup (non-alcoholic grape juice) symbolic of His blood are the elements used. The Lord’s Supper should be partaken of by believers who are scripturally baptized and members of a local church of like faith and practice and only that after careful self-examination I Corinthians 11:23-32.
Last Things. We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to raise the dead in Christ, and rapture His saints out of this world, following which there will be a seven-year period of tribulation upon the earth, after which Christ will return with His saints to set up His millennial kingdom, during which Satan shall be bound. At the close of the millennium, Satan is again loosed for a short season, but is afterward banished forever to the Lake of Fire. The unsaved will be judged to eternal condemnation at the Great White Throne, and the saved will enjoy eternity with the Lord in Heaven Matthew 24; I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 6-16; Revelation 20.