We exist to glorify God by making Jesus known in the church, the city, and the world.
After a long life as “Grace Community Church,” Grace Church Waco was replanted in 2011 with the aim of “rediscovering the gospel”. In partnership with the Acts29 Network, Grace Waco took on new life as a body of believers committed to gospel-centered proclamation in the city of Waco.
In January of 2018, Stonegate Community Church and Grace Church Waco began discussing plans for a church revitalization in Hewitt. The result was a partnership between members from both churches, two bodies that came together for the advance of the gospel in the greater Hewitt area. Since our official launch as Grace Church Hewitt in August of 2018, we have existed to glorify God by making Jesus known in the church, the city, and the world.
In our mission of making Jesus known, we affirm the following core values. These values shape the culture, decisions, and teaching of Grace Church.
The revelation of God in the face of Jesus Christ has shown us the gospel: Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and all who repent of their sin and believe in his work on their behalf and his resurrection from the dead are united to Christ by faith and will live with him forever. We believe this gospel both saves sinners and continues to sanctify believers through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Christians are those who are shaped by the gospel and understand that their entire life revolves around remembering and acting in light of that good news.
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
Before the foundation of the world, God lovingly chose to save sinners by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for His glory. God is not bound by time, temporality, or by any human will or institution, but acts to save, sanctify, and glorify his people of his own sovereign will.
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BUILDING A BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
The local church is God’s primary missional strategy and the means by which he accomplishes his purposes in the world. As the church, we are unified through the Holy Spirit to both to Jesus and one another by faith in a distinguishable, identifiable community. Since we have been reconciled to one another, we hold each other accountable to fight sin, walk in righteousness, study the inspired Word of God, pray, and participate as active members of one body. The Biblical community of God is called by Christ to make disciples and practice the ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s supper) as an act of obedience and testimony until Christ returns.
BEING ON MISSION WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
Jesus gave the church a mission to make disciples of all people and nations. As God tells Paul in Acts 18:10, He has many people whom He plans to save, and God allows us the privilege of proclaiming His great message to the world. In doing so, we call those not in Christ to repent and believe in this good news.
God made men and women equal before his eyes with differing, complementary roles both in the church and in the home. We are an elder-led church that affirms the equality of men and women and the principle of male servant leadership for our elders. Our pastor/elders are qualified men who are affirmed by the congregation and lead out in all areas not explicitly prescribed to the congregation in Scripture.