WHAT WE BELIEVE

Our beliefs matter: they guide our sense of who we are and what we do. Our beliefs are especially important when it comes to understanding God and the relationship He seeks with us. As a Christian church that wants to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully to our community and to the world, what we believe as Triangle Grace Church is essential to our purpose. We’re glad you are taking time to learn about our beliefs. And we’d love for you to join us in worship so you can begin to see how we put our beliefs into action.


 

Wondering what we believe? Below you’ll find brief statements of faith that are based on Scripture and our Reformed Faith Tradition.

1.  We believe in one God, the eternal and sovereign Creator of everything, who exists and has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11)


2.  We believe Jesus Christ is fully God, born fully human. In Jesus, God revealed Himself and lived among us. We believe Jesus’s death on the cross was the necessary and only sufficient payment for sin that separates us from God. We believe Jesus was resurrected from death and defeated sin, providing forgiveness as a gracious gift from a loving Lord. Through faith in Jesus, we are saved by this gift and can claim the promise of eternal life in God’s presence. We believe Jesus will return to establish a new heaven and new earth, and He will reign for eternity. (Colossians 1:15-19; 1 John 4:10)


3.  We believe the Holy Spirit connects us in relationship with God and with each other. As the presence of God within us, the Holy Spirit transforms us more and more into the image of Christ from the inside out, and empowers us to continue God’s work in the world.  (2 Corinthians 3:18; Acts 1:8)


4.  We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God and the ultimate authority in all areas of faith and life. We believe the Bible is God’s special revelation to His people, and it provides us what we need for teaching, correcting, and growing as believers. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)


5.  We believe human beings were created in God’s own image, but because of our sinful rebellion against God, we are separated from God’s abundant and eternal life. (Ephesians 2:1-3) Our merciful, just, and loving God offered one true way out: Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift of God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus. Through Jesus, we are forgiven and brought into new relationship with God. We believe our salvation is based entirely on God’s initiative in Jesus Christ. As the Holy Spirit touches our hearts and draws us to God, we respond through faith. (Ephesians 1:4-7; Ephesians 2:8-9)


6.  We believe God ordained the Church with Jesus Christ as its head, and membership in the community we call a church becomes the way we experience what it means to enter into a new covenant with God where we can experience grace and spiritual oneness with Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:9)


7.  We believe all followers of Jesus are called to respond to God’s grace by participating in the church’s work of ministry and mission as the “priesthood of all believers.” Our work can be summarized in what Jesus called the Great Commandment: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And love others with everything you’ve got. The purpose of our community of faith is to help and encourage each other as we seek to live out these commands in every part of our lives. (1 Corinthians 12:27; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Matthew 22:36-40)


8.  We believe the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are signs of God’s grace and real presence within the community of faith. (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:26)

More About What We Believe

Triangle Grace Church is Reformed in its theological orientation, and a set of historic Reformed confessions of the church offer a helpful elaboration on our beliefs. Click here to learn more about these confessions.


Triangle Grace Church is an ECO Presbyterian Community, which means we are affiliated with the denomination known as ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. ECO congregations affirm a set of essential tenets of the Reformed faith. To learn more about those essential tenets, visit the ECO website here.


The word “evangelical” can be confusing, with different meanings to different people. At Triangle Grace Church what we mean focuses on the word “evangel,” meaning “good news.” As an evangelical congregation, that means we are committed to sharing the good news about Jesus Christ with our community and the world, seeking to live out our faith in everything we do.