Like other churches, Grace City Church passionately desires to be a great church. The nature of our great God and the vast needs of our community demand that we strive for nothing less than the pursuit of greatness.
Therefore, our model is not any successful 21st century church, but rather the original church. We don’t run from seminar to seminar looking for answers. We run to Acts 2 (the church of Jerusalem) and Acts 11 &13 (the church of Antioch) for our model. The Jerusalem church filled its city with the teachings of Jesus and scholars estimate that they reached half of the city’s population of over 100,000 people. The Antioch church displayed beautiful diversity and sent out the first intentional missionaries.
What is evident in the DNA of both churches is that a great church is the result of great commitment. When the DNA of the Jerusalem church was summarized by Luke, the key concept was commitment.And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers. Acts 2:42
This weekend we held our first membership seminar and challenged the attenders to dedicate themselves to the goal of seeing “Sin City” transformed into “Grace” City by living out the commitments displayed by the original church. Sixty people, many of whom are new believers and represent a variety of ethnicities and ages responded to the challenge and signed a covenant of membership. As well, one young man was saved and five committed to Christian baptism. The new members were publicly commissioned on Sunday as missionaries to the city of Las Vegas.
Grace City Church
Covenant of Membership
[ ] Have you been saved by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as the complete payment for your sins and power for your life?
[ ] Have you been baptized by immersion in water after that fact?
[ ] Are you in substantial agreement with our Statement of Faith?
[ ] Are you willing to grow by reading the Bible daily with goal of applying it and training others?
[ ] Are you willing to share life together with others in a Grace City Group?
[ ] Are you willing to make prayer a central part of your daily life and try to join in corporate prayer as much as you can?
[ ] Are you willing to serve in the Celebration, group, or other ministries?
[ ] Are you willing to regularly give a percentage of your income to the Lord through Grace City Church?
[ ] Are you willing to live on mission by praying, caring, sharing, and inviting so others can be saved?
[ ] Are you willing to place yourself under the authority of this church by following it’s God-given leadership and under the leadership of this church to help you grow?