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Welcome to Grace Gospel Tamil Church’s English Congregation Page

We invite you to become a part of our church family for you are valued by the Lord and us. God has a purpose for you and we would love to help you discover what God has in plan for you. If you have any questions that are not answered on our website, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Vision

-Be a place in which our love for God and others can grow
-For our congregation to be sanctified through and through, changed by the Word and work of Christ

Our Mission

1. To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ that people may hear and come to know Christ as their personal Saviour.
2. To teach the Word of God in full truth for the building up and edification of believers.
3. To be a light in the world and serve others through the local church.

Our Ministry Leaders

Paster

(Navai) Manoharan Joseph

Deacons

(Vimal) Lawrance, (Ravi) Gabriel, (Gnana) Durairatnam, (Justin) Devasuthan, (Jans) Dedinus, Antony P., (Balan) Kandiah T.,

 

Deacon_vimal Deacon_ravi Deacon_gnana Pastor_Devasuthan Pastor_mano

Our Commitments

1. Committed to God first
2. Others second
3. Ourselves third

Statement of Faith

We believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, and their absolute sufficiency as the only authorized guide in matters of religion; the existence of one Living and True God-- sustaining the personal relation of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in essence and equal in attributes; the total and universal depravity of mankind; the atoning efficacy of the death of Christ; the free justification of believers in Him by His imputed righteousness; the election and effectual calling of all God’s true people; the final perseverance of the saints; the sole authority of Christ in the Church; the resurrection of the dead both just and unjust, the General Judgement; the everlasting happiness of the righteous and the everlasting misery of the wicked; Immersion in water in the name of the Trinity, the only gospel baptism; that parties so baptized are alone entitled to communion at the Lord’s Table; and that a gospel church is a body of baptized believers, voluntarily associated together to maintain the worship of God, acknowledging no head but Christ and no authority but His Word.

We further believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary; that He was God manifest in the flesh; that by His death He paid the penalty of the broken law, and endured in behalf of sinners the punishment our sins deserved; that He did literally rise again from the grave in the same body which was crucified; that He ascended to the Father’s right hand where, as our High Priest, He exercises His mediatorial office; and that He will come the second time in the clouds of heaven to receive His people unto Himself.

We further believe that those who through faith in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, have been born again, and have put on Christ in baptism, and have united with the church, are under obligation to live holy lives, putting off the old man and putting on the new, crucifying the flesh with the affection and lusts, and growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and thus growing up into Christ in all things.

Our Beliefs

We hold the Christian religion, as found in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone.
We believe that the Scripture teach these truths.

A) THE BIBLE:

We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are alone the Word of God written. They are verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, inerrant in all matters on which they touch and are the infallible and complete rule of Christian faith and life.(2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:19-21.)

B) THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD:

We believe there is but one living and true God, creator and sustainer of all, loving, holy, sovereign, infinite, eternal and unchangeable. In all perfections, self-existing in three Persons-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit- the same in essence and equal in power and glory.(Deut 4:35. 6:4. Is 43:6. Mk 12:29. 1 Tim 4:6. Ge 1:26. 2Cor 13:14. 1Pet 1:1. Ge 11:6,7)

C) JESUS CHRIST:

We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, coequal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death for sinners, His bodily resurrection, ascension to heaven, mediatorial ministry and His coming personal return in glory.(Jn 1:1-3.14. Matt 1:18. Lk 1:35. 1 Pet 2:24. Matt 28:6. 1 Cor 15:4. Matt 24:30. Act 1:11. Heb 9:15. 1 Jn 2:1. Rom 8:34.)

D) HOLY SPIRIT:

We believe in the absolute and essential deity and person of the Holy Spirit, coequal with God the Father and God the Son, who convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment of sin; who regenerates, sanctifies, seals, illuminates, comforts, empowers and permanently indwells those who believe in Jesus Christ, developing in them the fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth, teaches and guides believers in truth and in the ways of God. Some gifts of the Spirit were signs-gifts until the Scriptures were completed. The gifts are distributed to believers individually according to His will.(Ps 139:7. Jn 3:5. 14:16. 16:7-8,13. Gal 5:22-23, Heb 2:4, Acts 1:8, Eph 1:13, I Cor 12:11, 13:8)

E) ANGELS:

We believe that God created angels to worship and serve Him. They are under the authority of God and are not to be worshipped themselves. Among the angels there are divisions and ranks. Angels appeared before mankind in physical form to bring messages from God and to minister to humanity.(Ps 91:11. Dan 6:22. Heb 1:14. 12:22. Jude 9. Lk 1:19. Ps 103:21. Ge 19. Heb 13:2. 1Thess 4:16. Lk 2:9-15. Rev 7:11-12. Col 2:18.)

F) SATAN:

We believe that Satan is a fallen angel who rebelled against God and who now exists as the ruler of darkness, author of sin, the evil tempter of man and the archenemy of God and man. The Lord God has all power to restrain Satan and turn his works of evil to serve God’s just, wise and holy purposes. God has declared the ultimate victory and condemnation of Satan and his angels.(Isa 14:12-15. Jude 6. 2 Pet 2:4. Matt 4:-1-11. 2 Cor 4:4. Jn 12:31. 1 Pet 5:8-9. James 4:7. Rom 16:20. Mk 16:17. >Rev 20:10)

G) MAN:

We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God, that he sinned, becoming guilty before God which resulted in total depravity thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.(Gen 1:27. Gen 3. Rom 3:10-18,23. Eph 2:1. 1:13. Rom 6:23.)

H) SALVATION:

We believe our salvation is entirely by grace through faith, the work of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who justifies, sanctifies and glorifies us by His sovereign grace. Salvation was obtained by the voluntary suffering, death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf as the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins, those whom God has effectually called cannot be snatched away from God but will in the end be brought, divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord following the Christian life on earth which involves a struggle against sin.(Eph 1:4,2:8. 1Pet 1:1. Rom 5:19. 8:29. Rom 7:14-25. Jn 10:18, 28,29. Phil 3:21. 1Jn 3:2)

I) THINGS TO COME:

We believe and look for the personal, physical, visible return of Christ Jesus in power and glory to end the present age, in the resurrection both of the just and unjust at His coming, in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.(Matt 24:30. 25:31. Acts 1:11. Phil 3:20. Gal 3:26-27.)

J) THE LOCAL CHURCH:

We believe that God gives the local church to serve a group of redeemed people, called out from the world and separated unto the Lord Jesus. The local church is a place for worshipping, ministering the Word of God, teaching, praying, observing the ordinances, organizing spiritual activities, evangelizing, sending forth missionaries, fellowshipping, edifying and disciplining members and helping the needy both within and in the world outside. Christ is the Head of the Church. The church is the body, bride, building, flock, vine and family of Jesus Christ. Pastor, elders and deacons have been given as its officers to preach and teach the Word and to lead the church in the Christian faith according to the Word of God.(Matt 18:20. Acts 1:4. 13:2. Acts 2:42-47. 1 Cor 6:15. Deut 14:2. Act 16:2. 20:28. 13:2-3. Eph 4:11-16. 1:22. Rev 21:2.)

K) ORDINANCES:

We believe that there are two ordinances given in the New Testament for the church to regularly observe that symbolizes to believers the blessings of salvation.

Baptism:-the total immersion of the believer in water in the Name of the Triune God following their repentance, confession of faith in Jesus Christ, and evident obedience to the teaching of the Scriptures. It is a symbolic act of obedience, occurring once, which demonstrates the believer’s identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.(Matt 28:19-20. Act 2:38. 8:38. 9:18. Rom 6:4-6. Col 2:12.)

Lord’s Supper:- the remembrance by believers of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ for the cleansing of the iniquities of His redeemed people. It is a regular ordinance of the church to be observed by the taking of two elements-the bread and wine-which proclaim His death until He comes again(Lk 22:17-20. Matt 26:-27. Acts 2:42. 20:7. 1 Cor 11:24-26.)

L) CHRISTIAN WORSHIP:

We believe that Christian worship involves praise (through the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs and the giving of thanks to God) prayer; reading, teaching and preaching the Scripture; giving tithes and offerings; observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and fellowshipping. It requires a personal relationship with God and takes place during daily life as the believer walks with the Lord and practices His teaching from the Bible in Spirit and Truth.(Ps 107:22. 116:17. 100:4. Col 3:15. 1 Thess 5:18. Acts 1:14. 2:42-47. Mal 3:10. 1 Cor 16:2)

M) STATE OR GOVERNMENT:

We believe that God has ordained civil authority among the nations to restrain mankind from sin, maintain peace and to promote justice and righteousness. Christians must obey and pray for their rulers, except in any matter contrary to the Word of Christ in the Scriptures. Christ alone is the only true King and ruler of this earth.(Matt 22:21. Rom 13:1-7. 1Pet 2:13-18.)

Our History

Grace Gospel Tamil Church (GGTC) was formed by Pastor Manoharan (Navai) Joseph in August 1992 with the support of Jarvis Street Baptist Church (JSBC) who invited Pastor Mano to start a Tamil ministry in Toronto, Canada. Pastor Mano at the time was studying at London Reformed Baptist Seminary at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in the UK. Through God’s guidance and the counsel of the Principal of LRBS/ Pastor of Metropolitan Tabernacle, Dr. Peter Masters as well as other spiritual men, Pastor Mano accepted the invitation to minister to the Tamil people here at JSBC. Due to changes at JSBC, the ministry was relocated and GGTC held services at Dorset Park Baptist Church and Toronto Free Presbyterian Church (TFPC), both in Scarborough. A new ministry was established in Mississauga, first at Peace Lutheran Church then at Church of the Holy Spirit.

Eventually, the church settled with meeting only at TFPC where the Tamil congregation continues to meet in one building while its English congregation meets in another building onsite. Through worship services, Bible studies, prayer meeting and evangelistic programs, as well as through long-standing radio programming, the church serves as a witness among the Tamil community. We are very grateful to the pastors and churches who opened their doors to us for ministry purposes and encouraged us in our ministry over the years. Along the way several other ministries also came alongside us and supported our efforts. Thanks be to God for all that has been accomplished through Grace Gospel Tamil Church and its supporters over the years.

Our Ministries

Ministry Groups:
Why we have ministry groups: The church cannot run with simply one person. Many people have to put effort into running a church for effective work. In the english congregation we have 3 main groups which is affiliated with a primary task. They are communication, media and music. The group you decide to join becomes your priority but you can of course work with all of the groups and more if you are capable to do so.

Communication: Our communications group has a wider variety of jobs but is summed up as communication. They will do announcements after church and throughout the week, organize who will bring snacks, event planning, set up greeters for church, and follow up with people who missed a church service. They are helpful in maintain overall connectedness among the congregation.

Media: Our media group deals largely with technology. Their tasks are updating the website, taking photos of events, controlling sermon presentations and song slides and updating social medias with edifying materials such as verses or sermons.

Music: While everyone is meant to worship God, our music ministry group are leaders in it. They are composed of our instrumentalists, choir (worship leaders) and technical helpers who do audio (mics and speakers) and song binders. Aside from music, the music ministry also maintains our meeting place by setting up and cleaning.

Service Times (English Congregation):
Sunday Service: 10am-11:30am
Saturday Bible Study: 4pm *All saturdays of the month except for the first unless otherwise stated.
Wednesday Prayer: 7:30pm
Fasting and Prayer: First saturday of the month at 10am


Service Times (Tamil Congregation):
Sunday Service: 10am-12pm
Saturday Bible Study: 4pm *All saturdays of the month except for the first unless otherwise stated.
Wednesday Prayer: 7:30pm
Fasting and Prayer: First saturday of the month at 10am