We believe the Gospel speaks to and transforms every area of life (i.e., parenting, marriage, school, work, etc.). The Gospel is how we enter into a relationship with God, what keeps us in relationship with God, and is what grows us into the likeness of Christ. 1 Corn. 15:1-2
We believe Christian community is vital for a Christian’s growth. As the body of Christ comes together, we have a more accurate picture of Jesus (1 Corn. 12:12-31). In addition, as each member brings their spiritual gifts and speaks truth in love, we grow up to maturity in Christ (Eph. 4:9-16). Community is where we live out Scripture’s 54 commands regarding “one another”, including encouraging one another to love and good deeds. At GCC we believe the best way to make Jesus the hero is in the context of loving one another (John 13:35).
We believe some people are called to overseas missions; however, we believe all Christians are called to see themselves as missionaries living out lives on mission. Christ came as a sojourner/alien to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), and as Christians, we have been placed into our homes and workplaces by God because He continues to accomplish that through us (Rom. 15:20-21, 1 Corn. 9:22, Matt. 6:37-38). We believe mission is best lived out in the context of community so other people can witness our love for one another (John 13:35). We believe living on mission means seeking the welfare of our city which will be our welfare (Jer. 29:7) Finally, we would summarize mission as lifting up the Son of God which is done through word and deed.
We are not perfect, and my hope is that our vulnerability would create a place where people feel safe to be transparent. We want others to know that we need the perfection of Jesus just as much as they do (2 Cor. 1:12, 1 John 1:8, Rom. 7:15-25).