A. The Name
Grace Church of Roanoke, Virginia, (hereafter called Grace Church), is a congregation of Bible-believing Christians, autonomous in the government of its own affairs, not affiliated with any denomination or ecclesiastical system (I Cor. 1:11-13), and exercising sole and complete control of all property held in its name by trustees duly appointed by the court under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was organized in June 1951 and was first called Grace Presbyterian Church, Independent. In February 1953, the congregation voted to drop the word “Presbyterian” and to change the name to Grace Church Independent. In April 1966, the congregation voted to drop the word “Independent” and to change the name to GRACE CHURCH. The significance of this name is as follows:
“GRACE” indicates our grateful acknowledgment that all we are and have is by the grace of God (I Cor. 15:10), and that He, having justified us freely by His grace (Rom. 3:24), has commissioned us to make known to all men the gospel of His grace (Acts 20:24).
“CHURCH” signifies that we are a fellowship of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 1 :2), members of the True Church (Eph. 1:22, 23) of which Christ alone is the Head (Col. 1:18), which He alone is building (Matt. 16:18), and to which He alone adds those who are saved (Acts 2:47). We are subject unto Christ (Eph. 5:24), dependent on the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2,4), and at the same time in loving fellowship with all true members of the Body of Christ everywhere (Eph. 4:3-6).
B. The Object
The object of this church is the edification of Christians through the teaching of God’s Word and fellowship, the salvation of souls, the world-wide proclamation of God’s saving grace expressed in the shed blood and finished work of the Lord Jesus on Calvary, the promotion of godly living and worship, and the defense of the faith, until He comes.
You can read the complete constitution here: Grace Church Constitution 2003-12-07
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the church office at 540-982-0105.