What is Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church?
Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church (GRPC) is a Bible-believing Church. We hold that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God. We hold to the truths that God’s Word teaches us: that God created man, that man fell into sin, that Jesus Christ came to save those whom God has called His own, and that one day He will return again. The Gospel message is one of Grace; our salvation is through Jesus Christ alone, apart from any of our good deeds.
GRPC is a Reformed Church. Our heritage traces back to the practice and teaching of the churches of the Sixteenth Century Protestant Reformation. We are a member church of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. “Ortho” comes from the Greek language and means “straight.” “Dox” is also a Greek term and means “thinking.”
GRPC is a Presbyterian Church. “Presbyterian” is derived from another Greek word, “Presbuteros,” meaning elder. GRPC is governed by a Session of Elders, whose primary task is to care for the spiritual well-being of her members.
Worship is the most profound activity of the Church. When we gather as God’s people, God comes to meet with us. Thus our worship is a dialogue; we speak to God in prayer and in song, and God speaks to us in the reading and the preaching of His Word. This event is a “service;” we come to serve God by offering to Him our hearts, minds, and bodies. Since those who worship must do so in spirit and in truth, we are careful to include in our worship only those things which God has declared are proper. We are also mindful to offer this worship in faith, trusting that it is received as pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.
Our mission was given to us by our risen Lord: “Disciple the nations!” We are committed to the Gospel’s advance throughout the world: bringing people to trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, and teaching them to obey Him in every part of life. We have a keen interest in world wide mission efforts, and frequently invite missionaries to come and speak to us. God has placed us in Des Moines, so our first and closest field of work is here. It is our goal locally to proclaim the excellencies of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to those we encounter, whether as neighbors, friends, co-workers, or family.