Welcome to Grace Independent Baptist Church! We want it to be easy for you to come to church. We want you to experience a great time in worship and meet friendly people who will welcome you into the family of Grace. We know that first-time visits to any church raise many questions and concerns. So please look at some Frequently Asked Questions that will hopefully give you a better idea of what to expect when you visit Grace during any one of our weekly services.
As we read Dr. Luke's account of the crucifixion of Christ (Luke 23:33-56 ), we see six kinds of characters. See it you recognize yourself in any of these:
The Softhearted Saviour (Luke 23:34 ) - “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." The problem with many of us is that we need some "meat tenderizer;" that is, we need our hearts softened so we will be "meet for the master's use." (2 Timothy 3:21 ). Christians are commanded to be tenderhearted (Ephesians 4:32 ), and failure to do so is no less a sin than stealing.
Satan says, "You're too bad; you can never be saved." God says, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18 ) Satan says, "If you were saved, you wouldn't do the things you do." God says, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." (Ecclesiastes 7:20 ) Satan says, "You've sinned too often; God won't forgive you." God says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9 ) Satan says, "You're finished. You may as will give up." God says, "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6 )
Two places mentioned in the book of Genesis are symbolic of all of the human activity that has ever taken place from the time of Adam until this very hour. These two places are Babel and Bethel. The divine order in scripture is always the fleshly, and then the spiritual, so let's first look at Babel.