SERVICE TIMES & LOCATION
LOCATION - NORTHEAST COLUMBIA
501 Clemson Rd
Columbia, SC 29229
Sundays at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm
We are a non-denominational church in Columbia, SC. Each service is about 65min, and includes engaging worship and teaching. At GraceLife, you'll see nearly every style of clothing, from casual to business professional.
GraceLife Church was launched by four founding families on Palm Sunday 2006. From that Sunday at Webster University, to Polo Road Elementary, to a leased warehouse space, to now, at our current location at 501 Clemson Road, GraceLife began with a desire to make Jesus famous in Columbia, South Carolina. With a vision to Know God, Love People, and Reach Our World, GraceLife continues to grow and see God changing through worship services, small groups, and outreach. April 2019 marks thirteen years of GraceLife Church, and the best yet to come.
OUR LEAD PASTOR
Jimmy’s personal passion is to help people get a true and life-giving view of God and church. Jimmy met his wife, Ramona, while serving on a church planting team in Romania. They have been married since 1996 and have three sons and a daughter: Christian, Nathanael, Caden, and Sophie.
WHO WE ARE
These beliefs, values, and principles make up our DNA as GraceLife. They describe who we are as a church, communicate who God has called us to be, and direct where we're going.
Our Core Values
We believe that growing spiritually and emotionally is crucial in the life of a believer. Followers of Jesus should continually become more like Him in all aspects of life. We shouldn't be the same person tomorrow as we are today. (Hebrews 6:1, 2 Peter 1:5-8)
We follow the example set by Jesus of serving others so that their lives may be changed. This is much more than "volunteering" and is a sacrifice of our comfort, time, and energy for the sake of others. It is when we serve that we are most fulfilled and find our purpose. And - when we consider all that Jesus has done for us, serving should be our first response! (Mark 10:45, Matthew 8:14-15)
One of the top competitors for our devotion to Jesus is money, and so when we give, we demonstrate that He is more important to us than material things. And since we believe the local church is the hope of the world, our giving here and now makes an eternal difference. Therefore, we will never hold on to things in this world more than that which is in heaven, and we will give whatever it takes to see Jesus made famous throughout the world. (Matthew 6:19-21)
God exists in community as one God in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Because we are made in His image, we are designed to exist in community. It is through community that we develop providential relationships that change our lives. Relationships equip us, challenge us, encourage us, and give us a place to be vulnerable. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Our greatest desire is to make Jesus famous across the street and around the world in order to bring others into His Kingdom. Reaching our world must be what we do every day and the posture we have toward our city, our neighbors, and every person with whom God gives us influence. (Matthew 28:19-20)
There is one living and true God, infinite in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love; one in His essence but eternally substantial in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
+ The Bible
The books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments as originally given are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection
+ Creation of Man
God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which he subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and as a consequence is guilty, inherently corrupt, and subject to divine wrath. The unregenerate are totally depraved and do not possess a will free from the dominion of the sin nature.
+ Jesus the Christ
Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation, He united to His divine nature a true human nature and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one Person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fulfilled the requirements of the law by His sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of divine justice, and on the third day was raised from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding in Glory for His redeemed.
+ The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son, through the ministry of regeneration and progressive sanctification applies salvation, guides and comforts the children of God, directs and empowers the church in fulfillment of the Great Commission, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement.
Salvation consists of the remission of sins, the impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the gift of eternal life and the concomitant blessings thereof, which are a free gift of God, and received by faith alone apart from human works of merit. Even the ability to believe is the gift of God. This blessing in no way relieves men of their responsibility to repent and believe.
+ Water Baptism
After repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is to publicly proclaim his identity with Christ by immersion in water baptism, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
+ Baptism & Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes regenerated believers in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8). The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an empowering work of the Spirit which is distinct from the regenerating work of the Spirit and is offered to every Christian. All gifts of the Spirit (namely Rom. 12 & 1 Cor. 12) are available today for believers and are subject to the order prescribed by Scripture.
Communion is to be taken frequently and offered to all believers except those who are living in unrepentant rebellion or immorality. The communion elements are symbols of Christ's body and blood and are useful to the exercise of faith in the person of Jesus Christ as the only means of absolving guilt, shame, and punishment of sin.
+ Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is a present reality and a future hope, forcibly advancing through the agency of the church.
At death, the souls of the redeemed are made perfect in holiness and immediately enter into the presence of Christ, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him, there to await the resurrection of the body.
+ The Return
The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly, and personally to conform believers to His own image. He will judge the quick and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory.