Grafted Church is a Bible believing church. We gather together to encounter Jesus through worship, prayer, giving, and hearing God’s Word. We will demonstrate excellence with creativity for the purpose of inspiring people to respond to the person, passion, and purpose of Jesus. We will regularly celebrate the ordinances of baptism and communion. We will use a combination of expositional and topical preaching with the goal of glorifying Jesus and personal transformation by the Holy Spirit. We desire to be a Jesus loving church!
Trinity – We believe in the One true and living God. God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God (Gen. 1:1-2, Deut. 6:4, Jer.10:10, Jn. 4:24). The doctrine of the Trinity is progressively revealed in Scripture. Partial Revelation in the Old Testament. Although the doctrine of the Trinity is not explicitly found in the OT, several passages imply that God exists as more than one person (Gen. 1:26, 3:22; Isa. 6:8; Ps. 45:6-7; Heb. 1:8; Ps. 110:1; Matt. 22:41-46; Isa. 63:10; Mal. 3:1-2; Hosea 1:7; Isa. 48:16; Prov. 8:22- 31). More Complete Revelation of the Trinity in found in the New Testament (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; Jude 20-21).
Bible – We believe that the Holy Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. The very words of Scripture were chosen by God. He is the author. Scripture is verbally (every word) and plenarily (every part) equally inspired. Through the Holy Spirit He divinely inspired the authors to write the canonical Scriptures. All Scripture is a testimony to Jesus who the Bible refers to as “the Word of God.” (Ps. 12:6, Prov. 30:5, Matt. 4:4, 5:18, Jn. 1:1, 14, 2 Cor. 2:10-11, 2 Tim. 3:16, 1 Pet. 1:20, Rev. 19:13, 22:18).
-We believe that God’s Word is inerrant. Meaning that in the original manuscripts it does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. This does not mean that the Bible tells us every fact there is to know about any one subject, but it affirms that what it does say about any subject is true. Scripture has both a human and a divine aspect. God was overseeing the process of the writing of Scripture. Therefore, it can be and is free from error (Ps. 12:6; Prov. 30:5; Num. 23:19).
*Notes: Wayne Grudem’s book “Systematic Theology” along with his “Lecture Notes at Phoenix Seminary,” helped to compile many of our statements.
Humanity – We believe that human beings were and are created in the image of God. Males and females are “image bearers” who equally reflect their Creator God (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7). Therefore, humanity has intrinsic worth and value that is unlike any other creature (Ps. 134:13-14; Jam. 3:9). Though sin has separated us from God, through the process of sanctification, Christians are being restored back to the image of God (2 Cor. 3:18; 5:17-19 Rom. 8:29).
Sin – We believe in the historical representatives, Adam and Eve, who were deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden allowing sin and death to enter in (Gen. 3). Thinking that God was holding something back from them, they disobeyed Him and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:6). Because of their decision to disobey God, sin and death entered in breaking the relationship between (now) corrupt humans and their Holy God (Rom. 5:12). We believe that every single person who has ever lived or will ever live are directly affected by, responsible for, and have inherited sin (Rom. 5:12-21). Therefore, we are all born sinners and all of us are guilty of sin (Ps. 51:5; Is. 53:6; Eph 2:3; Rom. 3:23). Sin has corrupted the mind, heart, conscience, will, emotions and body (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 1). We believe that humans cannot earn or merit God’s favor outside of His salvific work (Eph. 2:8-9). Even the most righteous, kindhearted deed outside of a relationship with God is seen as “filthy rags” (Is. 64:6).
-We believe that those who embrace, surrender, and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be saved and will gain an inheritance in Heaven (Jn. 3:16; 14:1-7). Those who do not believe in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection will spend eternity separated from Him in Hell (Matt. 10:28; 25:34-46; Rev. 21:8).
*Notes: Dr. Steve Tracy “Lecture Notes at Phoenix Seminary,” helped to compile many of our statements.
We believe and practice regularly baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism – We celebrate this act of washing and immersing in water. God is the primary actor in the practice of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We are secondary and responsive actors in the celebration in baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We use these to exhibit faith and devotion to God. Baptism of the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. The Spirit’s renewing life within us. Baptism shows that you belong to Christ and not the world. (Matt 3:11, 28:19, 1 Cor 12:13, Acts 2:38, 22:16, Titus 3:5, Rom. 6:3-4, Gal. 3:27, Col 2:11-12, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 2:38, Rom 6:3-4, Col 2:11-12, 1 Cor. 12:13).
Lord’s Supper – We celebrate and partake in Communion as a church body regularly. God is the primary actor in the practice of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We are secondary and responsive actors in the celebration in baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We use these to exhibit faith and devotion to God. The Lord’s Supper shows that you partake in Christ and no one else. (1 Cor. 10:16, 21, 11:20, Matt. 26:26-30, Acts 2:42, Jude 12, Ex. 12, 24:8).
*Notes: Dr. Steve Duby “Lecture Notes at Phoenix Seminary,” helped to compile many of our statements.