Generations of Grace is affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), which is a non-denominational group of churches and people, seeking to fulfill God's mission all over the world. The Church of God started in the 1880's as a part of the American Holiness Revival with a firm belief that the Bible is the infallible word of God and that faith in Jesus determines membership in the true Church, regardless of denomination. Today, Church of God ministries are active in 89 countries, and include nearly 8,000 churches, 4 universities, and 900,000 believers.
As a part of that movement, we are considered conservative in our beliefs and contemporary in our style.
Here are some of our basic beliefs:
God - God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present Creator of the universe. He set our world into motion and created each of us. God desires to have a relationship with us, however, sin (choosing our way instead of His) can come between us, breaking that relationship. God wants each of us to come to Him, but in His kindness, will not force us to do so.
Jesus - Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God who came to Earth in the flesh and was crucified, taking on the weight of our sins in order that we might have a renewed relationship with God. He rose from the grave on the 3rd day, and He is alive today. One day Jesus will return to call His followers home.
Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the 3rd Person of the Trinity (God, Jesus and Spirit). He is our comforter and guide, sent to us when Jesus ascended to Heaven. The Holy Spirit helps us to live in a right relationship with God. He gives us spiritual gifts in order to serve and build up the Kingdom of God. Evidence of the Holy Spirit's dwelling in us is a holy lifestyle.
The Church - The church is the body of Christ and every believer has a place to belong and serve in that body. The local church is where God's love for us and our love for Him is lived out. The church exists to glorify God, to care for and strengthen believers (making disciples), and to go out to our community and the world in order to lead others to Christ. We believe that the church should be a place where believers gather in unity and where seekers can find a safe, welcoming place to come to know who Jesus is, regardless of differences in our backgrounds, races, experiences and ages.
Women in Ministry - This is a belief that we are often asked about. Since its beginning, the Church of God has appreciated the gifts and service of women in various roles, including church leadership. God has poured out His Spirit on all of His people, calling His sons and daughters to prophesy, teach and shepherd the flock. We believe that references to women being quiet in the church were cultural and situational, but that in regards to spiritual matters, as Paul writes, "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28) We stand on the history of Biblical female leaders including Deborah, Lydia, Priscilla, Huldah, Phoebe, and more, and we are thankful that our sons and daughters are all free to use the gifts and pursue the calling they receive from God.
For more information on what we believe, you may want to visit the Church of God website.