Our “statement of faith” is important because it provides the foundation on which GCC is built, and continues to grow.
God is the Creator of the world we live in. He controls what happens with His creation (or sovereignty). He is eternal, meaning that He has always existed and always will. And He exists in three forms, all at the same time – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit (known as the Trinity).
All human beings (male and female) was made in the spiritual image of God. His intent was that we would conform to His character. Mankind was made to give God glory – to be living, walking, breathing reminders that He exists. We fall short of that standard because of sin, an innate predisposition to disobey God. Our sin nature is something we all are born with. Our sinful attitude separates us from God. We can’t have a right relationship with God on our own; we need to be forgiven of our sin, and that is only possible by believing that Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf at Calvary was for each of us, individually.
Eternal life is promised to all of us, with 2 possible destinations when our lives on Earth end: Heaven or Hell. We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience! The difference between destinations doesn’t depend on whether you were a “good person” or a “bad person;” it depends on whether or not you have asked Jesus Christ to accept the penalty for your sins. If you have in your heart (not just head knowledge), you are as sure to live forever in Heaven as if you were there right now!
Jesus Christ is the only Son of God the Father conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary. He came to this Earth in human form more than 2,000 years ago, lived a sinless life and died a sacrificial death for every sin that mankind had committed to that point and would commit afterward. He then rose from the dead and resides in Heaven with God the Father. He has promised to return to Earth to establish a Kingdom here, and all who have accepted a relationship with Him (or, as we often say, those who are “saved” or “born again) will be part of that Kingdom. We know that His death is a substitution sacrifice he made because of His great love for mankind. It is only because of His shed blood that anyone can receive salvation.
Salvation is the condition of being forgiven of one’s sins. It’s not the end of your life as a Christian; it’s the beginning! Men, women and children who are saved express their love for God by serving Him, telling others about Him and worshipping Him – thanking Him for who He is and what He has done. Church services involve many ways of worshipping God – through music, the sharing of His Word, fellowship with others and financially supporting His work. A true worship service isn’t about any individual; it’s about God.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity (churchy word of God, Jesus & the Holy Spirt) and is the presence of God here and today, as described in chapter 2 of the New Testament book of Acts. Becoming a more mature Christian involves allowing the Holy Spirit to take control over every aspect of your life. It’s a long and difficult process – in fact, it never ends! – because even after we’re saved, we retain our sinful nature. When we become more familiar with the Holy Spirit, He provides us with power for living, understanding of God’s ways, courage to share His love with others and guidance to live right.
The Bible is God’s Word for His people. It was written over the course of centuries by human authors under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is inspired (meaning it reflects God’s heart for how we should live and not the opinions of the human authors) and inerrant (meaning that it is absolutely true in all respects). The Bible is the Christian’s guide book, and our challenge is to obey it fully, rather than to selectively obey only the parts we agree with or understand. The Bible is God’s standard, and we experience more success in our spiritual lives as we conform our lives to its teachings. We take the Word of God seriously and know it points to Jesus from the beginning to the end.
Satan is a real spirit who is still working today to destroy the souls of men. He and his fallen angels are working hard every day to deny God any glory by leading us into sin.
The Church is the fellowship of all Christians around the world. All men and woman who have sincerely accepted Jesus Christ as Lord (ruler) and Savior (salvation-maker) of their lives are members of what is also called the Body of Christ and the Family of God. As in any other family, we can disagree about many things. But also as in any other family, when we have the same Father we have a common bond that never goes away. The local church is also the most common term for an individual body of Christian believers. More than just a building, a church is a community of faithful men and women united to worship God together and make Him known to others in a variety of ways.
Baptism is a ritual, or sacrament, practiced in Christian churches to demonstrate that an individual life has been transformed by salvation through Jesus Christ. It is not a substitute for salvation, but a public recognition that salvation has transformed an individual life. At GCC, we believe baptism can only be made by a man, woman or child with the capability of understanding what salvation means. We call it believer’s baptism or water baptism (sprinkled or immersion). There is nothing wrong with dedicating an infant or young child to God, but it doesn’t take the place of that child’s eventual need to make his or her own decision for Jesus Christ & then baptism.
Communion is a sacrament practiced within the Church to remember the sacrificial death and promised return of Jesus Christ. Communion is modeled on a ceremony that Jesus led His disciples the day before His death, and uses bread or wafers and juice. Communion is most commonly observed during worship services or when we gather for a meal. You do not have to be a member of GCC to partake in communion. You must only have accepted Jesus Christ as you Lord & savior.
We make it easy for people to get connected and involved with each other no matter what the age or background. We exist to create an atmosphere of love, acceptance and truth.
OUR MISSION: “TO SEE UNBELIEVING PEOPLE BECOME COMMITTED FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST.”
If you would like more detail, we have available at the church, a copy of our full statement of beliefs & a copy of our constitution. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have, just click on the question button. You may also request copies through your email.