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About Grace

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Our History

Grace Bible Church had its beginning in the early 1980's, after the former church was handed over to Bishop Mosa Sono in 1983. Early 1982, Rhema North under the leadership of Pastor Ray McCauley, commissioned a young couple Andra'e and Edana Knoetze to start a church in Soweto. The then mayor of Soweto Mr David Thebehali was instrumental in securing Mavis Hall in White City Jabavu to be used for the church services.

As the church grew, there was a need to have more full-time workers and thus in 1982 Bishop Mosa Sono and the late Jerry Lechela were approached to be associate Pastors to Andra'e and Edana. The unique thing about the church at this point was the voluntary service that was offered by several church members like Mrs Nonceba Mnguni, Mr Levy, Cebisa Dwaba, Mrs Jane Shuba and others. The preparation of the hall for the Sunday service was done the day before, with the setting out of 149 chairs, the Peveay Sound System, etc. The Sunday morning prayer meeting which preceded the service was introduced at this point, only a prayer distinctive that the church now embrace as on of its values.

In mid 1983, Bishop Knoetze sensed a leading to move into field ministry and thus the signing of the church was on the 1st September 1983 and officially handed over to Bishop Mosa Sono on the 4th of September 1983. This became one of the "rough periods" for the church as the Mavis Hall venue agreement was unfortunately terminated and with the church having to relocate, many members were lost; several key leaders left the church also; and due to certain constraints to the use of the Rhema name, the church was instructed not to use the name any longer; and the financial support to the church was also withdrawn. In the midst of these challenges, the first service as Isaacson Higher Primary School in Moroka was marked by an evident tangible presence of God. The name Grace Bible Church was adopted in 1984.

The church outgrew the facility at Isaacson Higher Primary School and with the help of Mama Seokolo secured the use of the church of the Holy Ghost building, in 1984. This phase of the ministry was characterised by consolidating the church administratively - the ministry of helps was expanded and training began. The first ministry of helps retreat was held on the 10th October 1984. The Financial Board was elected amongst whom were Mr Sono (Snr), Mr Job, Mr Ngakane and others. Kenneth Makopo also joined as an associate Pastor.

At this stage the prayer activity intensified with prayer meeting on Saturday mornings, and Sunday afternoon service, focusing on prayer.

In 1985 the church relocated to Hlengiwe Secondary School, due to rapid numerical growth. Youth meetings were introduced, youth camps, banquets - leaders emerged amongst the young people. A focus on family teachings and activities started growing. This year concluded with a 1st anniversary celebration at Eyethu Cinema.

As the church continued growing, the board of the church had to decide to move to a bigger venue. Jabavu Home Makers Festival Ground became the only alternative venue within the radius in which the church had circulated since its inception. The first service was held on the 1st of June 1986. It is in this same year that Bishop Kenny Makopo left to establish a church in Garankuwa. On the administration side, the church moved its offices from No. 8 Rockville (Mr and Mrs Sono) garage – to Dube shopping complex. In this year we lost two of our youth leaders in an unfortunate and mysterious accident. The church at this stage seemed to be going through some attack – false rumours and some of our people's lives were being threatened.

The move to Home Makers brought with it hard work and a need for resilience and toughness. From 1986 to date the church continued to go through different seasons, more emerged, this included the marriage of the young Ps Mosa Sono to Ps Gege Sono. The church continued to grow and started learning more about its social responsibility and thus established the Community Outreach Department and Mission Department. By Gods grace the church moved into its self-financed facility in Pimville Zone 1 on the 28th October 2001.

Grace Bible Church continues to grow and is willing to venture into new territories.


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Our Vision

Vision 2011 Vision 2010 Vision 2009 Vision 2006 - 2008

Our Mission is to "turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Christ". Our Vision is expressed in the following activities:

DISCIPLESHIP

RESTORATION

EVANGELISM

ARTICULATE

MISSIONS

SOCIAL RELEVANCE

We believe through this, we are fulfilling God's purpose as a local church and we will strive to be relevant to our generation while remaining scripturally pure.

Our slogan is: We are the church that D.R.E.A.M.S

Our mission is to "turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Christ". Our vision is expressed in the following activies:

DISCIPLESHIP

RESTORATION

EVANGELISM

ARTICULATE

MISSIONS

SOCIAL RELEVANCE

We believe through this, we are fulfilling God's purpose as a local church and we will strive to be relevant to our generation while remaining scripturally pure.

Our slogan is: We are the church that D.R.E.A.M.S


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Our Values

We believe that anointed teaching is the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives in the church.
We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church.
We believe the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
We believe that Christ followers should manifest authenticity and yearn for continuous growth.
We believe that a church should operate as a unified community of servants stewarding their spiritual gifts.
We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life.
We believe that life-change happens best when people belong to interest groups, support groups, cell group, departments or fellowships.
We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people.
We believe that churches should be led by those with leadership gifts.
We believe that full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer.
We believe disputes and unresolved differences should be scripturally addressed.
We believe in the leadership and gifting of the Holy Spirit.


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Our Statement of Faith

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, in their original writing, as fully inspired of God and accept them as the supreme and final authority for faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

We believe that God created man in His own image; that man sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of sin which is death physically and spiritually; that all human beings inherit a sinful nature which issues (in the case of those who reach moral responsibility) in actual transgression involving personal guilt.

With regards to sexual behaviour, we believe in heterosexual relationships between a natural man and a natural woman within the confines of lawful matrimony. Adherence to this stated principle of sexual behaviour is an inherent requirement of membership of Grace Bible Church.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins a substitutionary sacrifice according to the Scriptures and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus, His ascension into Heaven, and His present life as our High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that all who repent of their sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, empowering and equipping believers for service, with the accompanying supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit; and in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. We believe in the divinely ordained ministries of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher.

With regards to submission to authority, we believe in the principle of being in authority because you are under authority. As such, it is understood that membership shall be subject to submission to authority in matters pertaining to church governance, doctrine and personal behaviour.

We believe in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal banishment of those who have rejected the offer of salvation.

We believe that the one true Church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that the local church on earth should take its character from this concept of the Church spiritual and therefore, that the new birth and personal confession of Christ are essentials of church membership.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances – Baptism in water and the Lord’s Supper to be observed as acts of obedience and as perpetual witnesses to the cardinal facts of the Christian faith, that Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a confession of identification with Christ in burial and resurrection and that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the emblems symbolic of the Saviour’s broken body and shed blood, in remembrance of His sacrificial death, until he comes.

We believe that divine healing was provided for in the Old and New Testament and is an integral part of the Gospel.

We believe that the Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of the new birth and continuing until the consummation of salvation.

The Church is open to any further truth, which the Holy Spirit may illuminate from the Scriptures.


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Distinctives

Sound biblical teachings
Deep basic principles of excellence
Prayer (Intercession)
Giving
Relevance / Practical
Lively & Vibrant
Soul Winning
Praise & Worship
Commitment
Leadership producing church

Youth friendly environment
Stable numeric growth
Sense of mission / direction
Children developing spiritually church
Social Responsibility
We are a church planting church
Outreaches
Impacting and Empowering communities
Sound Families

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