Our Beliefs

THE BIBLE. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are our infallible rule of faith and practice.

 

GOD. There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver and Righteous Governor of the universe, and in the Scriptures as Father, Son and Holy Ghost; yet as one God, infinitely wise and good, whom all intelligent creatures are to love, adore and obey supremely.

 

CHRIST. Christ is God manifest in the flesh in His divine nature truly God, in His human nature truly man. The mediator between God and man, once crucified, He is now risen and glorified and is our ever-present Savior and Lord.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God.

 

THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD. God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things by maintaining the constitution and laws of nature. He also performs special acts, not otherwise provided for, as the highest welfare of men requires.

 

THE SINFULNESS OF MAN. Man was created innocent but by disobedience fell into a state of sin and condemnation. His posterity, therefore, inherit a fallen nature of such tendencies that all who come to years of accountability sin and become guilty before God.

 

THE WORK OF CHRIST. The Son of God by His incarnation, life, sufferings, death and resurrection effected for all a redemption from sin that is full and free and is the ground of salvation by faith.

 

THE TERMS OF SALVATION. The conditions of salvation are as follows:

  1. Repentance or sincere sorrow for sin and hearty renunciation of it.

  2. Faith or the unreserved committal of one’s self to Christ as Savior and Lord with purpose to love and obey Him in all things. In the exercise of saving faith, the soul is renewed by the Holy Spirit, freed from the dominion of sin, and becomes a child of God.

  3. Continuance in faith and obedience until death.

ELECTION. God determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation. Hence, by faith in Christ, individuals become His elect.

 

FREEDOM OF THE WILL. The human will is free and self-controlled having power to yield to the influence of the truth and the Spirit or to resist them and perish.

 

SALVATION FREE. God desires the salvation of all; the Gospel invites all; the Holy Spirit strives with all; and whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely.

 

PERSEVERANCE. All believers in Christ, who through grace persevere in holiness to the end of life, have promise of eternal salvation.

 

GOSPEL ORDINANCES. Baptism, or the immersion of believers in water, and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be perpetuated under the Gospel. Feet Washing, an ordinance which teaches humility and reminds the believers of the necessity of a daily cleansing from all sin, is to ministered to all true believers.

 

TITHING. God commanded tithes and offerings in the Old Testament; Jesus Christ endorsed it in the Gospel (Matthew 23:23), and the Apostle Paul said, “Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him” (I Corinthians 16:2).

 

THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH. The divine law requires that one day in seven be set apart from secular employments and amusements for rest, worship, holy works and activities, and for personal communion with God.

 

RESURRECTION, JUDGMENT, AND FINAL RETRIBUTION. The Scriptures teach the resurrection of all men at the last day. They that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil into the resurrection of damnation; then the wicked will “go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

A more complete doctrinal statement can be found in The Treatise of the National Association of Free Will Baptists.

 

Our Affiliation

Our Beliefs

Virginia Association of Free Will Baptists

 

Grace Mission (GM) is a ministry arm of the Virginia Free Will Baptist promotional office which works in behalf of the state association. GM is also an approved mission work under the Virginia Free Will Baptist Mission Board. In this relationship, GM is subject to the oversight of both the Virginia State Association of Free Will Baptists and the Virginia Free Will Baptist Mission Board.

 

Apart from some monies helping Virginia maintain the full-time promotional office which also directs this ministry, all GM funds go to the spread of the gospel and the starting of local churches globally. Supporting churches have full access to all financial reports of this ministry.

 

More information about the Virginia Association of Free Will Baptists may be found at https://vafwb.org.

National Association of Free Will Baptists

 

The Virginia Association of Free Will Baptists is a member of the broader body of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. As a member of these two bodies, Grace Mission works cooperatively with various national divisions of the denomination such as Free Will Baptist North American Ministries (the national home missions department) and Randall House Publications (the publishing ministry of the National Association).

 

The work of GM within the denominational setting is important so that its work may reach out globally while at the same time touch local needs through technology.

 

The Treatise of the National Association of Free Will Baptists can be found here: http://nafwb.org/about/treatise/.

ABOUT US

Grace Mission, Inc., is a ministry of Dr. Bruce Barnes and the Virginia Free Will Baptist promotional office.

You can find out more about the Virginia State Association of Free Will Baptists at https://vafwb.org. 

ADDRESS

P.O. Box 65564

Virginia Beach, VA 23467

dbrucebarnes@gracemission.online

757-407-1183

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