Common Questions

Below are a few of the most common questions we receive from first time guests.

WHAT IS AN INDEPENDENT CHURCH?
Grace Bible Chapel is a non-denominational church. We hold no ties to a denominational body or association of churches.  Although we are non-denominational, our doctrine and government is most similar to the Baptist church.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
Our services are traditional in nature. Using the concept of the simplicity of Christ, we sing, pray, and preach God’s Word.  We sing several hymns, either accompanied by an instrument or a capella, followed by a thirty to forty minute sermon from God’s Word.  You may find out more about our worship on the “Philosophy of Worship” page.

AM I EXPECTED TO PUT ANY MONEY IN THE OFFERING PLATE?
No. We do not expect our guests to contribute to our ministry. Our church service is just one way in which we can minister to you.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
The people of Grace dress modestly for the occasion.  We don’t require anyone to meet a specific dress standard.

WHY DO YOU HAVE TWO SERVICES SO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER ON SUNDAY?
Unlike many churches which have multiple, identical services on the weekends, our two services are different.  Our morning worship is a typical worship service; our afternoon service centers on discipleship.  Unless we have a guest speaker, a special event, or a Lord’s Table communion service, the second service provides an opportunity to interact with the Bible text from the morning’s sermon.  We call this time “Growing in Grace”.  We open the floor for interaction, discussion, and questions, and we consider applications that may not have been addressed in the sermon.  The congregation greatly appreciates the time to consider the morning’s sermon text in greater depth.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
Membership is based upon a profession of salvation and baptism by immersion. After completing and application for membership, a four to six week new member’s class followed by brief interview with the pastor and deacons will be necessary to answer any and all questions. If you desire membership, please contact the pastor or one of the deacons.