GRACE RIVER CHURCH
When Grace River Church was founded in O’Fallon, Missouri, in 2015, we set out to be different. Pastor Chris Highfill was passionate about starting a church for everyone – especially those who don’t like going to church. We are a non-denominational church that loves imperfect people.
No matter where you have been or what your story is, YOU ARE WELCOME!
WHO WE ARE
If you grew up not going to church or find you have lost your faith along the way, our church is here for you. If you have a deep relationship with God or have never had a relationship with God and want to explore the possibilities, our church is here for you. And most importantly, God is here for you! Our church is warm, loving, and open, and you are never a stranger here.
No matter where you find yourself on your journey, Grace River is a safe place for you to take the next step and grow closer to God. We will love you, help you find Jesus Christ, lead you into a growing, loving relationship with Him, and change your world. We do this through music, connecting with and caring for each other, and by teaching God’s word with life-giving application.
We hope each week something in our sermon touches your soul; that God’s message connects with your heart and you leave feeling as if you can grow from what you’ve heard, apply it to your life, and experience Him as you never have before. Each week as you listen and open your heart, we will be here for you to answer questions, to guide you, to share, and help you connect with Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saves through him.” John 3:16-17.
Grace River Church exists to help people meet, know, and follow Jesus.
Following Jesus is an ongoing commitment. From declaring our trust in Him and getting Baptized, to sharing our faith with friends and inviting others to church. It’s something we can strive to do each day.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Spend Time with God
God invites us to spend time with him on a regular basis. We can do this through prayer, music, reflection, and reading the Bible.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Connect in Community
God created us to have relationships with others. We encourage attenders to connect to their campus community by joining a Small Group, serving, or even just saying hello to someone new in church.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Share God’s joy and love by serving others—in your home, church, neighborhood, and around the world. Discover your God-given gifts to learn how God has uniquely wired you to serve others.
Use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)
God has called us to live generously. We can do this by sharing our time, talents, and finances.
“I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.” (Philemon 1:6)
Grace River’s core beliefs are the foundation of this church and are organized into three categories: beliefs about God; beliefs about people; and beliefs about the Church, the Bible, and Christ’s return.
Beliefs About God
“There is one living, sovereign God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Revelation 1:8; Isaiah 43:10-11; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)
“Jesus was sent by the Father to live on earth; he was fully God and fully human, yet had no sin. Jesus willingly laid down his life and, after three days, rose from the grave. In doing this, Jesus fulfilled the payment for the world’s debt of sin.” (Luke 1:31, 35; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
“The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and Son to convict the world of sin and to empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He lives in every believer and is a constant helper, teacher, and guide.” (John 14:16-17)
Beliefs About People
God created people in his image, and everyone matters to God. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 5:1-2)
All people are sinners and need God’s forgiveness. (Romans 3:23)
Those who confess and turn from their sin, trusting in Jesus Christ, will be saved by grace and become children of God, with the promise of eternal life. (John 3:16-17; Galatians 3:26)
Beliefs About The Church, The Bible, and Christ’s Return
“Jesus Christ is the head of the church and all believing people are members.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)
“The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“Jesus Christ will return and there will be a final judgment.” (Matthew 24:3, 37)