Our mission is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with EVERYONE. To do this, it is our intention to help everyone feel welcome and comfortable at our church. Regrettably, many churches appear to be a gathering of people of similar backgrounds and ethnicity, rather than a melting pot of people from various backgrounds. We want to serve everyone!
Our Approach to Sinners
We all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). While born-again Christians are no longer slaves to sin, we still have our earthly bodies and have the capacity to sin. But when we do, the Holy Spirit rightly convicts us by pricking our conscience. As the Apostle Paul stated, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6).
Christians can have a besetting sin – one that they keep returning to even though they do their best to refrain from it. But our approach to such sin is simple — to love, encourage, and help them to live their lives as Jesus taught us to live. The church is not a sanctuary for saints, it is a hospital for sinners.
Many people drop out of churches because of their besetting sin that they keep falling back into. We discourage people from taking an all-or-none approach to church attendance and worship. If you have a besetting sin, pray for guidance and strength to overcome it. We want you to know that we are here for you, and rather than criticizing, we want to be helpful. We want to love you.
Our Approach to Finances
Abundant Grace Bible Chapel (AGBC) has no employees. The pastor, music director, and board members are not paid or reimbursed in any way for their service to the church. All financial offerings to AGBC are applied to expenses related to maintaining the church building and utilities as well as to furthering the Kingdom of God, including providing for the needy and missionary ministries.
We believe that Christians are to be cheerful givers as described by the Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 9:7). We believe that the concept of tithing (giving 10% of your income to the church) is NOT a mandate for New Testament Christians (for more information, please visit here and here). We encourage folks to pray about their giving and to let their giving be guided by God.
Our Approach to Attendance
Everyone is welcome to attend our worship services and Bible studies. We do encourage everyone to demonstrate respect for the church grounds and the worship process. With that said, our worship services encourage all attending to praise and worship our Savior in a manner that is meaningful to them.