Thank you for visiting our website. Grace Baptist Fellowship is a congregation of ordinary people with an extraordinary heart for God. We exist to glorify God by reaching people with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ and to equip Christians with the Word of God for growth and service. Our church is a place of loving, learning, and ministering to others. If you are searching for a place to worship Christ and to be involved in His purpose for you, please come as you are and be our guest. In addition to the information on this site, feel free to contact us for personal assistance or for any questions you may have regarding the ministries of Grace Baptist Fellowship.
Who? What? When? Where?
- Feb 7, 20162016-02-07 – Jesse Laidlaw – Attributes of a Fan
- Jan 31, 20162016-1-31 Jim Goodew – True To His Word – Joshua 21
- Jan 24, 20162016-01-24 Jim Goodew – The Greatest Activity on Earth
- Jan 17, 20162016-01-17 Jim Goodew – The Superiority of Humanity
- Jan 10, 20162016-01-10 Jim Goodew – What Will it Be in 2016 – Romans 12 2
- Jan 3, 20162016-01-03 Jim Goodew – What in the World are we Doing
- Dec 27, 20152015-12-27 Jim Goodew – The Mystery of Godliness – Jesus Loves Us – 1 John 4 9
- Dec 24, 20152015-12-24 Jim Goodew – Christmas message
- Dec 20, 20152015-12-20 Jim Goodew – The Mystery of Godliness — Jesus the Conqueror
- Dec 6, 20152015-12-06 Jim Goodew – The Mystery of Godliness — Jesus the Life Giver – John 14 6
Senior Pastor Jim Goodew and his wife Susie
Jim was saved in 8th grade following a message from God’s word at church on a Sunday evening. He met his wife, Susie, at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (FBBC&S) in Ankeny Iowa. They have 6 children and 2 grandchildren.
The Goodews enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and hiking. Jim loves hunting of various sorts and fishing.
Jim earned both his BS in Pastoral Studies and his MA in Practical Theology at FBBC&S. Prior to coming to Grace, Jim served at Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd, MN for 28 years.
He is burdened that the local church faithfully and practically proclaim God’s Word. Jim has had extensive training and experience in biblical counseling so this is a major focus in his leadership at Grace. Along with this, he has a desire to see people trained to use their gifts and abilities to faithfully serve the Lord and help others.
He desires to see people come to know God personally and to serve and follow Him. A favorite verse of his is Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Our Mission & Vision
“The mission of Grace Baptist Fellowship is to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to be disciple makers.”
Ministries at Grace
Our Women’s Ministries emphasize women ministering to women. Fellowship events, bible studies, and personal accountability groups are available.
Our Men’s Ministries emphasize growing godly leadership as we seek to learn how to be more effective in the home and workplace. Fellowship events, Bible studies, and personal accountability groups are available.
Grace Baptist Fellowship is serious about reaching the world with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are also active as a church in reaching our community for Christ.
Media & Technology
Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of Grace Baptist Fellowship. In an age of widespread technology, we want to maximize the use of technology to advance the word of God. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook page for additional church communication.
God’s Plan of Salvation for Mankind
There are many people in our world who tell us that there are many ways to Heaven. This should not be surprising. Since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, human beings have been making idols and creating false religions. In essence, these are simply feeble attempts to create a god of man’s own liking. Simply because we may want something to be true about the subject of man’s eternal destiny does not make it true. Nor does the fact that we deny the real truth about the subject of man’s eternal destiny make it untrue. The real question is, what does God say about the issue? Jesus clearly stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Are you trusting in a way to get to Heaven that is Biblically correct? Are you sure about your eternal destiny? Please take a moment to read about God’s wonderful plan of salvation for you. This is the most important issue facing every human being.
Step 1 – God’s Love and His plan
God created us in His own image to be His friend and to experience a full life assured of his love, abundant and eternal.
Jesus said, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
“…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
Since God planned for us to have peace and abundant life right now, why are most people not having this experience?
Step 2 – Our Problem: Separation from God
God created us in His own image to have abundant (meaningful) life. He did not make us robots to automatically love and obey him, but he gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Adam was the first to exercise this freedom in a sinful way through his choice to disobey God in the Garden of Eden. Because of that choice, he and all his offspring (including us) became separated from God. Man is not only guilty before God because of who he is, a descendent of Adam, but also because of what he does, a violator of God’s perfect standard known as the Law of God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“Therefore, just as ??through one man sin entered the world, and ?death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12).”
“…your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
On our own, there’s no way we can attain the perfection needed to bridge the gap to God. Through the ages, individuals have tried many ways…without success. Good works won’t do it…or religion…or money…or morality…or philosophy…
“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
Step 3 – God’s Remedy: The Cross
Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He died a sacrificial and substitutionary death on a Roman cross. He had victory over death and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and people.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God,…” (I Peter 3:18)
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” (I Timothy 2:5)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us..” (Romans 5:8)
Step 4 – Our Response: Faith and Repentance
Faith involves believing, which means trust and commitment – acknowledging our sinfulness, trusting Christ’s forgiveness and submitting to His control of our life. Eternal, abundant life is a gift for us to receive and possess, not a product for us to earn.
Repentance means to make a complete change of one’s mind about a particular issue. A change that involves not only one’s intellect, but also one’s volition or will. Specifically, we must change our mind and agree with God about our own sinfulness and Christ’s perfect provision of forgiveness through His work on the cross. We must reject the old belief system that sinfully rejected Christ, and completely embrace the new one, which has complete faith in Christ.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” (John 5:24)
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19)
Is there any reason why you shouldn’t cross over to God’s side and be certain of eternal life?
How to receive Christ:
- Admit your need (I am a depraved sinner in need of a sinless Savior from my sinful condition).
- Turn from your sinful state of unbelief towards Christ’s sacrificial work on the Cross (Repent).
- Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ sacrificially died for you on the cross because of your sinful condition, and rose from the grave, securing complete victory over death for all who place their faith in Him. (By Faith – Believe in His death, burial, and resurrection).
- By faith, through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to be the Lord of your life and your one and only Savior from sin. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior of your life).
This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should:
- Maintain regular intake of the Bible to know Christ better. (Allow God to communicate to you).
- Talk to God in prayer every day. (Reverently communicate with God).
- Tell others about your new faith in Christ. (Communicate your faith to the world).
- Worship, fellowship and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is honored and preached. Our church would be privileged to serve you and help you to grow in your Christian life.
- As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others, as well as your obedience towards God.
(All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)
What we believe
We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written; that it was verbally and planarity inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.
The True God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, sanctifies and helps the believer
The Devil or Satan
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created as an angel but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels and man; that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race.
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God), but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin; that by the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of God regarding sin; that His sacrifice was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree.
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith.
We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organization; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show a solemn and beautiful emblem of our identification with the crucified, buried and risen Savior.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by a solemn self-examination.