Desert Grace Church believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. Desert Grace Church has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.
1. The Scriptures Inspired
We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15- 17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
2. The One True God
We believe that God is Triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14). We believe the one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:26-35)
His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22)
His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4)
His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)
4. The Fall of Man and the Salvation of Man
We believe man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19). Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
(a) Conditions to Salvation
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
(b) The Evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The
outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:11,12).
5. The Ordinances of the Church
(a) Baptism in Water
We believe the ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:3,4).
(b) Holy Communion
We believe the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the
vine—is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!” (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).
6. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe that baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers believers as demonstrated throughout the New Testament. With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
7. Daily Christian Life and the Spirit Filled Life
We believe that it is the will of God for believers to walk in sanctification, growing continuously in the faith (Heb. 6:1). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:2). We believe that it is the will of God that we daily walk in the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30-32). We believe we are not conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewal of our minds, that by testing we may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).
8. Divine Healing
We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the sick in answer to prayer offered in faith (James. 5:14-16).
We believe that the church’s primary responsibilities are taking the gospel to the entire world and making disciples (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20).es 1:27).
10. The Blessed Hope
We believe the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52; James 5:8-9)
11. The Final Judgement
We believe it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment and that Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many (Hebrews 9:27-28). We believe there is the judgment of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15). This is the Great White Throne Judgment where unbelievers whose names are not written in the Book of Life are judged according to their deeds. The result is eternal separation from God. Believers whose names are written in the Book of Life will stand before God and be individually judged at the Judgement Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10) that every believer may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).