We are an evangelical church in northern Rome, made of men and women of different ages, united by our common faith in Jesus Christ. We meet together in the neighborhood of Flaminio every Sunday afternoon for the purpose of knowing God, worshipping, serving, and honoring Him in all that we do.
God has revealed Himself in the Holy Scriptures through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The Bible contains all that is necessary to live a satisfying life and at the same time be pleasing to God. For this reason, we take seriously the study of the Word as we exposit the Scripture verse by verse and word by word. Our desire is that every aspect of our lives would be shaped according to God’s Word.
If you desire to personally know the good news of God and live out the gospel together with us, you have found the church for you! Vita nella Grazia…a full life with Christ.
We hope to see you!
Lucio Stanisci, pastor
Lucio was born in Rome. At the age of 24, after a long personal and existential crisis, he experienced the forgiveness of Christ. In him was born the desire to completely dedicate himself and his life to the service of God.
In 1999 he received a diploma from the Istituto Biblico Evangelico Italiano, after which he served for six years in Rome at Chiesa Berea. In 2009 he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in theology from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles.
He served as pastor-teacher for three years at Centro Evangelico Battista church in Perugia. He collaborates with the Italian Theological Academy as a conference speaker and teacher of expository preaching. In 2013 he founded the evangelistic ministry Grazia a Voi.
He has been living in Rome since 2016 with his wife Cristina and their three children. He is the founder and pastor of Vita nella Grazia church.
David Standridge, pastor
David was born in Rome and has been a full-time missionary since 1986. He graduated with a degree in Management from Cedarville University and then obtained a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies at Northwest Baptist Seminary.
From 1986 to 2000 he served the Lord at Chiesa Berea in Rome and then, in 2003 founded and directed the Italian Theological Academy in Acireale for a number of years. Today, he directs the Associazione Verità Evangelica, a publishing house and a literature ministry founded by his parents in 1958.
David is married to Loredana. He has three children and five lively grandchildren in the United States that they love to visit when they can.
What we believe
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
The Bible is the divinely inspired revelation of God to man. Every word is inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts (2 Timothy 3:16). Scripture is the absolute authority and sufficiency for life (2 Timothy 2:5). Because of this, anything that contradicts the Scripture is false (1 John 2:21).
There is only one, true God that exists (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), omniscient and infinite Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes. He is One in essence, but has eternally existed in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:13), each having the same nature, the same attributes, and the same perfection.
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His birth to a virgin, in His life without sin, in His miracles, in His substitutionary, propitious, and redemptive death by the blood that He shed (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Pietro 2:24), in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His imminent physical return in all His power and glory.
Man is lost and in sin. His salvation is made possible only by means of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, working through the Word of God, renders the sinner able to repent of his sins and respond in faith. This salvation is instantaneous. It is entirely the work of God, solely by grace, based on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, without any merit or work of man. Those who are redeemed are firmly held by God’s power and eternally secure in the hands of God and Christ (John 10:28, 29).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The christian life is characterized by a life filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Sovereign agent and supernatural in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation and seals them until the day of full redemption (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13, 14). He dwells in every believer, sanctifying, instructing and empowering them for service.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved will be raised to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and eternal punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15).
All those that put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit into a singular spiritual body, the church, of which Christ is the head. The purpose of the church is to glorify God and edify it’s members in the faith through the instruction of the Word, fellowship of believers, baptism by water and the Lord’s Supper, and to communicate the gospel to the world. The formation of the church began on the day of Pentecost and will be complete when Christ returns for His people, at the time of the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).