Grace Life Church
Proclaiming Jesus Christ and the Gospel of God's Grace
"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."
Our grace ministry and church is dedicated to proclaiming Jesus Christ and the gospel of God's grace. Even though the wonderful gospel of grace is clearly found in the bible and it's the gospel God wants preached today, it's very difficult to find in most churches today. This is a tragedy that greatly hurts members of the church, the Body of Christ, in being built up in sound doctrine found only in God's word. Therefore, God has given me a strong desire and passion to proclaim it in our community and worldwide!
We want to help people experience, rejoice, and rest in the grace life! This is the eternal and abundant life God gives us in His Son, Jesus Christ. It's a life of freedom and joy that all believers can experience in Christ.
We focus on what God is doing today in the age of grace -- forming the church, the Body of Christ. The Bible makes it clear that God's program for the church today is separate and distinct from His program for Israel found in the Old Testament. The failure to understand the clear distinction that the church is NOT Israel has plagued the church ever since it began nearly 2000 years ago! The resulting tragedy is that countless believers through the centuries have put themselves in bondage by trying to live their Christian lives by mixing law (God's program for Israel) and grace (God's program for the church, the Body of Christ).
The Bible makes it clear that mixing law and grace will never work because God didn't design it to work (Rom. 11:6)! Living under any kind of a law or rules system only produces confusion, frustration, and a joyless Christian life. Unfortunately, you've probably experienced this for yourself!
Fortunately, God has a far better way for you and I to live! God wants believers today to live under His grace (Rom. 6:14)! You can only experience spiritual victory in your Christian life by living under God's grace (Titus 2:11-13)!
We want to help you understand and appreciate from God's word what He is doing today as you grow in your knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). We want to help you rest in the great and empowering truth that Christ lives in you and wants to live His life through you through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. We certainly don't deserve these incredible blessings. Only because of God's great love and grace have we been so completely and richly blessed (Eph. 1:3). We thank God for His amazing grace to all those who believe!
God's grace frees believers from the bondage and frustration of trying to live their Christian lives the wrong way. Grace liberates us from the burdensome demands of the Mosaic Law which God gave to Israel. Grace frees us from the demands and requirements of other rule systems, traditions, and performance systems that men have devised (not God) in order to try to gain God's forgiveness, please Him, be accepted by Him, receive blessings, and try to experience spiritual growth.
Unfortunately, this is the program you will find in many churches today. Living your Christian life that way puts you under the tyranny of religion! It leads to a superficial Christian life and sucks the joy right out of it. You will not produce true spiritual fruit living this way (Phil. 1:11). God wants you to be free from that "yoke of slavery" because His Son has set you free (Gal. 5:1)!
God wants you to find rest and peace in His Son (Matt: 11:28-30). He wants you live under the power and protection of His marvelous grace! Living your Christian life this way puts you on the right and only path to experience a warm and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It frees you to allow Christ to effectively live His life in you and through you (Gal. 2:20). This is fundamental to your spiritual growth as you grow in your knowledge and appreciation of all that God has freely given to you in His Son (Eph. 1:3).
As you rest by faith in God's word to you and Jesus Christ living in you and through you, God works in you (Phil. 1:6) to transform you to be more and more like His Son. This is spiritual growth and discipleship accomplished God's way -- which is, of course, the best way! This is God's way to produce in us the good works that have eternal value (1 Cor. 3:11-13; Eph. 2:10). This is NOT religion!
Reject religion! It looks spiritual, but makes a lot of promises it can never keep. It'll only frustrate you and confuse you. Religion is designed to please the flesh and make you "feel good." Furthermore, religion often empowers people (pastors, church leaders, etc.) to lead you to do things (in order to be a "good Christian") that have more to do with pleasing their selfish desires and goals rather than helping you learn to live by faith, led by the Spirit (2 Cor. 5:7). Jesus hated religion! The Apostle Paul continually fought against it throughout his ministry!
God wants us to grow in our knowledge of Him (Eph. 1:17). He wants us to keep our focus on Jesus Christ and allow Him to live His life through us (Phil. 1:21; Gal. 2:20). He wants us to get our doctrine, information, direction, and guidance exclusively from His word, with a strong focus on the Apostle Paul's epistles -- the God-chosen apostle to reveal and proclaim the gospel of grace to the world! This is the spiritual journey God wants for you and me. This is the grace life! This is the victorious Christian life and life at its very best!
This is what our ministry proclaims and teaches!
Our church is also unique in that we focus strongly on planting small churches in order to reach people with the gospel of grace who find it very difficult or are unable to attend a local church due to health problems, being elderly, and other life situations. We recognize that our church won't be for everyone. However, we definitely don't apologize for this!
We emphasize that the Bible teaches us that God works in believers (Phil. 1:6) to grow us spiritually and produce godliness and good works that are the fruit of righteousness (Phil. 1:11). God's incredible grace teaches us how to live godly lives (Titus 2:11-13)! In fact, as a believer, Christ is your very life (Col. 3:3-4)! We trust in these wonderful truths that God wants us to know through the writings of the Apostle Paul!
If you're looking for a small fellowship that is serious about helping you grow in your personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, relying exclusively on a proper understanding of God's word to you, then we're the church for you!
If you're looking for a fellowship where living the grace life is the issue -- not living under the Law of Moses or following man-made programs, systems, concepts, traditions, or rules that often leave believers confused, empty, and burned out, then we're the church for you!
Have you had it with "playing church" -- doing things because you've been pressured to do them or because everyone else is doing them? Are you just going through the motions as you find yourself stuck on the religious treadmill? Would you rather experience a victorious Christian life that is motivated by God's indescribable love for us (2 Cor. 5:14) and is directed and empowered by His amazing grace?
If so, please seriously consider our small fellowship -- Grace Life Church. We're certainly not a perfect church. There is no such thing as a perfect church! However, we may be just the church for you!
I would love to meet you and talk sometime. Please feel free to call me at 815-757-3570 if you have any questions or just want to talk.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Stephen J. Moll
Pastor -- Bible Teacher