Who we are
    What do we believe?
  • WHAT WE BELIEVE

    Explaining a belief in something is not easy, especially when it is faith in God. Here’s how our community best articulates our faith according to our understanding of the Scriptures.

    THE BIBLE 

    • Complete in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. 
    • This book is the inspired, infallible Word of God.                                                                                                          
      • ​God divinely influenced the writer so completely as to secure, through the writer’s style, His very thoughts and                                 expression of these thoughts.
    • Each word and part is without error in its original writings and is the final authority in every matter of faith and life.

    GOD 
    • A Triune God who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
    • Each is co-equal in all aspects of deity including glory, power, honor and majesty.
    • Each is a person in that they possess intellect, emotions, and will, yet they are God in one unified being.
     
    JESUS CHRIST 
    • The eternal Son of God.
    • Sent by the Father, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and is fully God and fully man.
    • He willingly, humbly and obediently came to earth as the sinless, substitutionary final sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world by His shed blood.                                                                                                                        
      • ​Having accomplished this by His death on the cross, burial, and bodily resurrection, God exalted Him in a place of authority and glory to be the Advocate and Intercessor for the believer.

    The HOLY SPIRIT 
    • The third person of the Triune God.
    • He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment.
    • The Spirit regenerates, seals, indwells, enlightens and empowers those who believe in Jesus Christ.
    • He further gives gifts to these believers, as He wills to edify the saints in order to do the work of the ministry.

    MAN 
    • Created in the image of God. 
    • Adam, the first man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God.                                                                                                                                                                                    
      • As a result of this original sin, all human beings are born with a sinful nature.                                                                            
      • That sinful nature is demonstrated through active rebellion and passive indifference to God. 
    • ​Man has absolutely no personal ability to merit God’s favor, change his nature or his spiritual condition.

    SALVATION 
    • Comes only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We deserve death because of our sin.
    • He paid the penalty our sin deserves by dying on the cross.
    • Everyone who confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and raised on the third day, is born again by the Spirit and thereby becomes a child of God.
    • Each child is sealed by the Holy Spirit and preserved unto the day of redemption.

    THE CHURCH 
    • Comprised of believers in Jesus Christ.
    • It is the Body of Christ and Jesus is its head. 
    • The Church is called to meet regularly for worship, edification, equipping, fellowship and correction so that God is glorified, the Gospel is preached and believers come to maturity.                                                                              
      • Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are prescribed practices and are for believers only.  Baptism is a testimony portraying the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.                                                                               
      • Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper so that we will remember His death till He comes again.

    THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD  
    • They are called to be in the world, but not of the world.
    • Believers are to be in the world for the purpose of seeking and saving the lost.
    • Believers are not to be of the world, but instead are to be a holy people.

    THE FUTURE 
    • Will bring the return of Christ for His Church. At that time, the bodies of believers who have died will be resurrected and reunited with their spirits.
    • Those believers, along with believers who are living, will be united with Christ in the air and return to heaven with Him. 
    • Then, at our Lord’s second coming, He will come to earth in power and glory to establish His kingdom for a thousand years.
    • All will be judged by God which will result in the eternal state blessing for the believer and punishment for the unbeliever.

    SATAN  
    • A fallen angel and the god of this age.
    • He is the enemy of Christ and His Church. 
    • He exercises his power under the sovereignty of God. 
    • His eventual and final destiny is eternal punishment.
     
    Where are we headed?

  • Where are We Headed?

    The leadership at Grace Bible Church has identified three basic themes we want to emphasize in our congregational life.

    Mission, Transformation and Prayerfulness


    Mission

    We use this word to refer to the mission of God. It is not our mission but His. It refers to all that God had done, is doing, and will yet do to mend the world. This is Good News (gospel). It is the story told in the Bible, but it is a story that is still unfolding in our world, and even in our community. It is a story that invites us in.

    We desire to live out God's mission in our everyday lives and in our communities. Following Jesus' example, we believe that this looks like making intentional spaces to love our neighbor and each other.

    This means that we are to be watching. We are committed to follow Jesus' instructions to his disciples: "open your eyes!" (John 4:35) - God is already working! Rather than plan our mission and ask God to bless our plans, we want to discern the movements of the Spirit and follow where He leads.

     

    Transformation

    The call of God for every believer is personal transformation. Paul describes the process: "Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:1-2)

    We desire to cultivate an authentic environment for lives to be transformed. We understand this to mean that none of us has "arrived" spiritually. We know we are broken people, but we also believe that the Lord wants to begin mending our brokenness now. We will not be content with a stagnant Christian life.

    Believing that Jesus is the model for what God intends to produce in our lives, we invite one another to enroll in the School of the Messiah and to "learn Christ" as Paul would say (Ephesians 4:20-21). We want our congregation to be an experimental laboratory to develop Christians who speak, act and love like Jesus in the church and the world.

     

    Prayerfulness

    In prayer we communicate with God. We speak, and we listen. We rejoice in his love for us, we look to him for provision and protection, we offer our lives for his service, and we seek his direction.

    Only most of us don't do that very much! We have been infected by the secularism of our culture, so most of us are much better about the theory of prayer than the practice of prayer.

    We believe that increasing the frequency and quality of our praying is essential to the health and growth of our congregation. This too is part of what we learn in the School of the Messiah: we join with the first disciples who said to Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1).

     

    What about You?

    Our congregation believes that God is calling us to a life shaped by his three-fold agenda. Perhaps you are sensing a similar call and find your heart answering "yes" to the voice of the Spirit. If so, we invite you to join us for the journey.
    Our History
  • OUR HISTORY

     
    One Sunday over sixty years ago, several families in rural Souderton met for worship.

    Their purpose: return to the fundamentals of the Christian faith through Bible reading, prayer, doctrine, and born-again salvation. As the community grew, the initial commitment of the members remained. A family atmosphere developed which welcomed newcomers. One early member recalls the first time she and her husband visited the fledgling community. Her Philadelphia dress and make-up didn’t fit into the plainer, Mennonite-influenced dress of most attenders. But that physical difference didn’t keep them on the outside. She remembers feeling welcomed and at home, even as the differences remained. Over the years GBC preached the importance of salvation and study of Scripture under the guidance of three pastors.

    Today, GBC continues in the questioning path of the founders. As a community we struggle to balance truth with grace in biblical teaching within the context of an ever changing world. Together we seek a biblically-based life of joy within a world with much pain and confusion. We uphold the ancient values of the early church, while embracing the new questions posed to followers of Jesus. Together, we seek to live kingdom-focused, gospel-centered lives that value all people as Jesus did.

     

     

    Our Vision
  • OUR VISION

    As we seek to make a difference and accomplish things for God’s kingdom, we take
    a good look at the ground we’re standing on as well as the ground we have to cover:

    Grace Bible Church is a church over 60 years old with all the traditions and patterns that come with an established, independent, Bible church. We hold to the fundamentals of the faith (e.g. salvation through faith in Christ, commitment to God’s word in the Bible, and a desire to share the good news of Jesus, etc.).

    We here at GBC desire not to simply “do” church, but to “be” the church, the body of Jesus Christ. We endeavor to live for Jesus, committed to building his kingdom. Therefore, we do not run ministries, host events, or recruit people because ”we’ve always done it,” but because we want to make a real difference in real lives. We desire to be on mission as we live all day, every day.

    We want our weekly gatherings to be that of a vital faith community–worshipful and others-centered. We see ourselves fully engaged with the communities of which we are embedded–neighborhood, workplace, ball field, and home. We seek to do that by collaborating inter-generationally, focusing on ministry to children and families, promoting personal hospitality, and pursuing Gospel-centered living,committed to bringing about Christ’s kingdom.

GBC Staff
 


Teaching Pastor

Dr. Dave Dunbar

215-723-3992 ext. 24
daved@gracebiblesouderton.org


Pastor of Student Ministries
Pastor Wes Ehret 
215-723-3992 ext. 25
wese@gracebiblesouderton.org
 
Director of Children's Ministry

 Abby Pawling 
215-723-3992 ext. 23
abbyp@gracebiblesouderton.org
 
Administrative Assistant

Lara Timblin
215-723-3992 ext. 22
larat@gracebiblesouderton.org
info@gracebiblesouderton.org

 
Custodian

Jeff Deery
215-723-3992 ext. 30
jeffd@gracebiblesouderton.org

 
Financial Administrator

Doug Souder
215-723-3992 ext. 31
dougs@gracebiblesouderton.org

 
Music Director

Diane Ramage
dianer@gracebiblesouderton.org

 

Director of Indian Valley Nursery School
 

Karen Renner

215-723-1420 ext. 28

krenner.ivns@gmail.com
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