The following are the core beliefs of Grace Chapel of Lockport based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
There is one eternally existing God who has revealed Himself as a triune Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God and He came to reveal the heart of the Father to us. He was sent into the world to die for the sins of mankind and was raised to life on the third day. He is alive today, seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Helper that Jesus promised us in John 14. He is our Teacher and our Guide and comes to live in us when we put our faith in Christ. Through His power at work within us, we are transformed and begin to produce His fruit found in Galatians 5. As disciples, we are empowered to be Jesus' witnesses when we are baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit. This enables us to flow in the Gifts of the Spirit and power of God.
MANKIND & THE FALL
Humans, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations. When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God and fractured all of creation ever since that time. As a result of the Fall, mankind is now born into this distortion - born into sin. We are sinners in need of a Savior.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised Him from the dead and now, by grace, He offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The Bible is the Word of God - All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
THE SECOND COMING
Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth.