Sovereign Grace Bible Church (SGBC) was borne from the desire for an organized local church in the community of Flagstaff that unites biblical doctrine with an uncompromising practice of that doctrine in the life of the church and its members. We believe both are mandated by scripture and are equally important. Additionally, the holy scriptures show that this is accomplished through godly leadership, specifically through godly men desiring to shepherd their households. In reliance upon the grace of God, and through faith, we joyfully pursue this goal.
As a local assembly we seek, in love and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior and covenant head, to worship the triune God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). This is accomplished through continuing steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, in fellowship, in observing the ordinances and in prayer (Acts 2:42). We seek to assemble together regularly (Heb 10:25) to help one another to live out Christ crucified (1 Cor 1:23) and to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). SGBC strives to encourage, even "provoke" (Heb 10:24), one another to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5), to build strong families (Deut 6:7) and to share the gospel with all men (1 Cor 9:16).
We believe the church accomplishes all of this by training men for leadership (2 Tim 2:2), affirming women in their biblical roles as daughters, mothers and helpmeets (Tit 2:3-5) and promoting a godly view of the culture around us and family life (1 Chr 12:32) thereby encouraging the turning of the hearts of the parents to their children and children to their parents (Mal 4:6, Luke 1:17). It is our belief that this is best accomplished in an orderly assembly of households where family members worship together. We believe that the mutual edification, ministry, accountability, helps and all of the other assembly commands in the new testament scriptures, are best achieved when the local church functions as a 'family of families' through biblical leadership models and humble, God ordained authorities. In the church the shepherd leaders are elders and in the family they are fathers. Those who God brings to our assembly who are single or otherwise not worshipping as part of a family are to be enfolded into the families of the church mutually.