The following outline is intended to acquaint new or prospective members with the doctrinal positions of Grace Bible Church. Some of these positions are non-negotiable. New member classes are held as often as necessary and generally on Wednesday evening. They are informal and discussion is encouraged. The cost for literature is $20.
I. The ScripturesA.Inspiration and authorityRead: Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter I Section IX and X.
Read: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21.
II. The Person of GodA. AttributesRead: The Attributes of God by Pink, Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 4-7 and 21-22.
III. HamartiologyA. First Adam (imputation of guilt)Read: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 13-22 and Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3.
B. Second Adam (imputation of guilt and righteousness)
IV. SoteriologyA. JustificationRead: Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray, Read: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 33, 35, 38, and 87-88.
V. The Theology of the Protestant ReformationA. Sola ScripturaRead: The Cambridge Declaration
B. Sola Gratia
C. Solus Christus
D. Sola Fide
E. Soli Deo Gloria
VII. The SacramentsA. BaptismRead: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 94, 96-97
B. The Lord's Table
VIII. EschatologyA. The four major systemsRead: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 37-38 and Confession of Faith Chapters XXXII and XXXIII.
B. The Second Coming of Christ and the Last Judgment
IX. EcclesiologyA. The Different SystemsRead: Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter XXV,
B. Church Discipline
C. Philosophy of Ministry and Structure
D. The Inevitable Problem(s) and Resolution
1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, Matthew 18:15ff, and Hebrews 13:17.
Read: Life in the Father's House by Mack & Swavely
X. Church's ConstitutionRead Church’s Constitution and Covenant.
XI. Introduce ProgramsA. Secondary: prayer breakfast, fellowship dinners
1. Evangelism (Christianity Explained)
a. 2 Timothy 2:2, Matthew 28:19-20, 8:22, 10:32-34 & 38-39
b. Practical (assess need and design curriculum)
3. Formal Membership