For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope --Romans 15:4, ESV
Grace Evangelical Church is an independent, reformed baptist, and evangelical church located in Oak Harbor, WA. We are one of the member churches of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE). Our mission is to honor the Lord through building a community of gospel-centered people. Click here to learn more about us
Man and woman were created by a holy God. They were in perfect relationship with God, until they were deceived by Satan into disobeying God.
The consequence of their disobedience to God was death - spiritual, physical, and eternal. Since this first sin, mankind has also been given a sinful nature, from birth, altering their relationship to God, and as a result of sin, becoming an object of God's wrath. All people are now born with a rebellious sin nature toward God.
However, God promised to remedy this situation by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to save mankind from their rightly deserved punishment due to sin. This punishisment is eternal separation from God, both on earth, and after death, in hell. However, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took on human flesh, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross in our place, was buried, and was raised to life after three days, as a full-payment for our sins. What an overwhelming gift of grace and mercy.
All whom God has graciously chosen and called, will be reconciled to God through the power of the Holy Spirit, who gives us new life, and a new nature. Because of the Spirit's work of making us new, we will put our trust in Jesus' work on the cross, turn from our sin, turn to the Father, and follow His wonderful truths and commands in Scripture. We encourage you today, to turn from your sin, and turn to God, by trusting in the work of Christ on your behalf.
After our conversion, as Christians, we continue to grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One of the ways to mature in our faith, is to worship together in community with other believers. Although we will never attain sinless perfection in this life, one day, Jesus has promised to return, and make all things new. Until that day, we worship, grow, and serve him together.