Grace + Peace seeks the renewal of Colorado Springs by connecting with God, caring for others, and cultivating in the city for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Following Jesus in the renewal of all things.
What we believe:
Although Grace & Peace is a new church plant, our beliefs and practices are not. Uniting with the church in all times and places, we embrace the historic Christian faith expressed in the ecumenical creeds (e.g., the Apostles and Nicene Creeds). We are also committed to the theological heritage of the Protestant Reformation as a member church of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a denomination grounded in the historic reformation theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger (part 1, part 2) and Shorter Catechisms. Additionally, we often use the Heidelberg Catechism, and the recent New City Catechism in our worship services.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” Romans 1:16-17
Human beings possess unique value and dignity, and we were created to find our reference point in God. Yet we see the world is not how it should be. We are not the way we should be. As one philosopher put it, we are “glorious ruins”- capable of great love but also inclined to love the wrong things. Each of us has willfully rebelled against God, and the Bible uses the word sin to describe this. Sensing that we are broken, we work really hard to fix ourselves by trying to be good people or through our achievements. But the heart of Christianity is that only God himself can rescue us. The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ has done just that. By taking on our humanity, dying in our place, and rising from the grave, Jesus is a king whose reign is stronger than sin and death. Jesus impacts all of life so that our true humanity is restored and we are free to love the right things again. At Grace + Peace Church, this gospel is the center and shape of who we are and why we exist.
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” Ephesians 2:14
Authentic Unity means that we believe God is big enough for our differences. Just like our broader society, downtown Colorado Springs is diverse but polarized. The diversity is varied: we are different ages, education levels, political affiliations, socio-economic backgrounds, and ethnicities. We at Grace & Peace believe that Jesus Christ overcame the greatest difference in the universe, that between a holy God and sinful mankind. He did it by laying down his life to mend our brokenness. Authentic unity flows out of what Jesus did. Therefore, we do not all need to vote the same, share the same skin color and cultural background, or belong to the same generation in order to have unity. Instead, our unity comes from worshipping Jesus Christ, whose body was broken so that we could be made whole together. The bread and wine at the communion table symbolize His brokenness, and we as broken people can now feast together as a people made whole in Him.
Discipleship with Monday in Mind:
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
The Christian life is more than going to church and reading the Bible; it is everything that we are and do. Worshipping God together, reading the Bible, prayer, and communion are practices which form us to bring renewal to the spaces where God has put us throughout the rest of the week. Following Jesus leads us to bring his kingdom of love and justice to bear in our work, our play, our homes, our city, and in every relationship we have. We long to participate with God in his work to renew this world “far as the curse is found,” as one well-known hymn puts it. This means that there is profound meaning even in our most ordinary activities. Our discipleship models are meant not just to impact your Sunday but to prepare you for what you do on Monday.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you… and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” -Jeremiah 29:7
It’s no secret that downtown Colorado Springs is a desirable place to live. From hip coffee shops to locally-sourced restaurants, from city loft apartments to family-friendly parks, it draws a diverse and growing number to explore its bounds. Unfortunately many cities today fall victim to a consumerist impulse, where its residents and visitors may partake of the abundance but do not give back in return. At Grace & Peace Church, we are called not to be consumers of downtown but to be a blessing to downtown. We seek to be truly present in our neighborhoods and contribute our time, talents, and financial resources to make our city better. Because Jesus is renewing all things, we also seek the renewal of downtown by partnering with existing organizations, services, and other churches to make our city a place where everyone can flourish as God intends.
Humility on the Journey:
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
Although we believe that truth about God and reality can be truly known in this life, we don’t pretend to have all the answers. We “see through a glass darkly” as the Bible puts it. As human beings who cannot be objective, we all have doubts and questions about the Christian faith. And in fact, these may be indicators that we are experiencing true growth in our faith! Grace & Peace Church is a safe place to have honest doubts and wrestle with them together. That said, we know we are safe in our doubts because we are safe in Jesus. We seek to posture ourselves in humility and with a willingness to trust Jesus as the one who is leading us on this journey of faith. Our doubts do not have to leave us hanging precariously; we can find firm footing if we allow them to lead us to Christ who is their ultimate answer.