Grace Ministry exists to spread the Shalom of Jesus Christ throughout the South Jersey area, one life at a time.
We believe that all creation is one massive interconnected spiritual ecosystem. Shalom is the peaceful harmony that ought to exist within this ecosystem. The presence of Shalom should result in the mutual flourishing amongst all constituent parts, so as to give creation the kind of harmonious order that reflects Heaven itself.
Sin is the breaking of Shalom.1
Whenever we sin, instead of mutual flourishing, we make life a living hell for all parties involved.
We believe that one of the biggest reasons that God saves us is so that instead of being His enemies, we become His agents who will thus glorify Him. We do this by first believing and then spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Shalom making is the natural outworking of gospel changed hearts. Gospel believing people ought to be driven by the Gospel they believe to create Shalom.
The shorthand way that we share the Gospel at our church is as follows: Jesus is LORD and we are united to Him.
By that we mean to say that the gospel is the good news that when Jesus Christ lived the life we should have lived, died the death we should have died, and then rose again, He fixed everything. This comprehensive ‘fixing’ includes: our own sinfulness, God’s wrath towards us, all oppressive powers and principalities in this world, and all tragic realities of this life that ought not to be. Furthermore, we are united to Christ. And because we are united to Him, all fixing and saving benefits and blessings (e.g. Justification, Sanctification and Adoption) are given to us. Apart from this union, none of the benefits of Christ does us any good.
When we lovingly trust in Jesus and let go of our self-fixing and self-saving strategies (whether irreligious autonomy or moral “goodness”), we find true life, joy, and shalom.
1 Plantinga offers this definition: Sin is any agential evil for which some person (or group of persons) is to blame. In short, sin is culpable shalom-breaking. Plantinga, Cornelius (2010-05-13). Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin (p. 14). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.