Who We Are and What We Believe

Who Are We?

Grace Church of Laguna Niguel is firmly committed to the authority of God’s Word.

We are a group of believers bound together through a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace Church is led by a plurality of pastors and elders under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd.

At Grace you will be nourished in the Word through a deep commitment to Christ-centered, expository preaching.

We also place a high value on community life within Grace Church through a variety of ministries and fellowships where deep and edifying friendships can be developed.

Church Fellowships are a regular part of our weekly and monthly calendar and we purpose to encourage lasting and healthy friendships within our church body.

If you would like to learn more about the church, feel free to call the church office or just explore this website. Our hope is that we can be of service to you as you seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

What We Believe

Our Doctrine:

Our Statement of Faith is contained in the Westminster Standards (The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism). To see a full version of any of these Standards, please click on the links above.

Summary:

We accept the Scriptures as our only authority in matters of faith and practice. Our doctrine may be summarized as follows:

1.We believe in the scriptures of the Old & New Testament as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority (Mat. 5:17-18; Prov. 30:5-6; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; John 10:35; Luke 16:17)

2.We believe in one God eternally existing in one essence, yet co-equal persons, the Trinity: Father, Son & Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Is. 45:5-6; 14, 18, 21-22; Ps. 90;1-2; Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 4:4-6; John 12:26; 15:26; 16:15; 1 Pt.1: 2; Acts 2:32-36; John 6:27; Rom. 1:7; John 1:1; 20:28; Heb. 1:8; 1 John 5:19-27; Phil. 2:6; Acts 5:4,9

3.We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary (John 1:1-14; Mat. 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; Mat. 1:18-25; Is. 7:14; Luke 1:27).

4.We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the believer and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel (John 14:16; Mat. 28:19; John 16:7-11; John 3:5-8; 1 Cor. 12:13; Titus 3:5: Eph. 1:13; 4:30; 1 Cor. 6:19; Rom 8:9,11; 2 Cor. 1:21,22; Eph. 3:16; John 16:13; Rom. 8:4, 14, 26-27; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16; John 5:15-21; Gal. 5:22-25).

5.We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that human beings are born with a sinful nature (Gen. 1:27; 5:1; 1 Cor. 11:7; Rom. 6:23; 3:10; 8:7: Gal. 3:22).

6.We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood (2 Cor. 5:14-21; 1 Cor. 15:22; Heb. 4:15-16; 1 John 3:5; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 1:13; 1 John 2:2; Gal. 2:16; 3:11; Deut. 25:1; Prov. 17:15; Rom. 3:23-26; 4:5-8, 25; 5:18f; 8:33).

7.We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us (Luke 24:23-40; Rom. 10:9, 19; 1 Cor. 15:12-23, 35-37; Acts 1:1-11; 1 Pt. 3:22; John 14:18; Heb. 4:14; 5:1-10; 13:5; 7:25; 8:1,2; 9:11-15).

8.We believe in the blessed hope and the personal, visible return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13; Rom. 8:18-25; 1 Pt. 1:7,13; 4:13; 2 Thess. 1:7: 1 Cor. 1:7; Acts 1:11; Mark 13:33-37; Mat. 24:22,24,29-51; Luke 21:34; 2 Pt. 3:11; Mat. 24:42-51).

9.We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life (Rom. 10:14,17; Eph. 2:9; Rom. 3:20; Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:10; Mat. 5:16; James 2:17-26; John 3:7; John 1:13; 3:6; John 3:8; John 3:5; 2 Pt. 1:4; Ez. 11:19; 36:26; 2 Cor. 5:17; John 1:1-12; Rom. 8:9, 14-17; Rom. 8:19-23; 1 John 3:2).

10.We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in hell and the fellowship of the saved in heaven (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 20:11-15; 21:8, 27; Mat. 25:31-46; Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3; Acts 13:48; Luke 16:19-31; Mat. 25:30; 24:51; Heb. 12:23; 2 Cor. 5:6-9; Phil. 1:23; Rev. 6:9; 20:4; John 14:1-6; Heb. 1:10-16; Rev. 20:15; Mat. 13:36-43).

11.We believe in the existence of a personal devil, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of men and that he and all his angels and all who do not receive Christ as their personal Savior will eternally perish in the lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Rev. 20:10, 14, 15, 19:20)

12.We believe in the Church, whose mission it is to preach the Scriptures to all the world, all of its endeavors being guided by a parity/plurality of elders and supported by the wise stewardship of God’s people (Eph. 5:23-32; Col. 1:18; Mat. 18:20; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 2:19; 3:15; Mat. 28:18-20; Rom. 15:6; Eph. 1:15-23; Eph. 3:8-10; 4:15,16; Col. 1:10-28; Mat. 20:25-28; 23:2-3, 8-12; Gal. 2:11-16; Acts 21:18-26; 1 Cor. 16:12; Prov. 15:22; Deut. 17:9; 19:12, 17-19; Acts 14:23; 20:28-31; Mat. 20:8; Gal. 4:2; Luke 16:2,3; 1 Cor. 4:1,2; Titus 1:7; 1 Pt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 9:17; Eph. 3:2; Col. 1:25; Lev. 27:30-33; Num. 18:21-29; Deut. 12:5-7, 17-18; Luke 11:42; Mat. 23:23f; Heb. 7:1f; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:24-9:15)

13.We believe that the sacraments of the Church, given by the Lord, are Baptism and the Lord’s Table (Communion) (Rom. 6:3,4; Acts 18:8; 1 Pt. 3:21; Mat. 28;19,20; 16:16; Acts 2:38-41; 8:12, 13, 36, 38; Mat. 26:26-30; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-30; 2 Pt. 2:13)