What We Believe

  • God is one being in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the source of all creation (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-2), which He sustains (Colossians 1:17) and is in the process of redeeming (Romans 8:19-22). God the Father loves us and desires that we have fellowship with Him as His children. He is the head of the Church.
  • Jesus is the Son of God. He is Savior and Lord. He made human salvation possible through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection.
  • The Holy Spirit works actively in the world, seeking to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-11). The Holy Spirit lives in each individual believer and in His church as a whole. The Holy Spirit develops within the Christian a pure heart which results in Christ-like character expressed in private and public conduct and action.
  • The Bible, the Old and New Testament scriptures, is the word of God and as such is uniquely inspired solid truth which contains no errors (2 Timothy 3:14-17, 2 Peter 1:16-21). The Bible is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. We affirm that Scripture is the authoritative revelation from God by which we know God’s will and Christ’s authority. We seek to affirm and promote what the Scriptures clearly states and allow freedom in other cases. We seek to understand divine intent and apply its teaching to the today’s church and culture.
  • The Church is the body of Christ on earth, the community of believers throughout the world. Upon surrender to Christ, a person is added to the Church. In addition, the priesthood of all believers means each Christian is called to be a serving minister (1 Peter 2:9-10). The Church’s mission is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
  • Human beings were created by God to walk in fellowship with Him. However, all (except Jesus) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans. 3:23) and must rely on God’s grace and forgiveness. Every human from the moment of life (conception) is in the image of God, a person to be nurtured, protected, and developed.
  • Salvation is by God alone, through Jesus Christ alone. One accepts Christ as Savior through a conversion process that includes faith, repentance, confession, and baptism (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 10:47-48; Romans 10:9).
  • The Lord’s Supper (communion) is the celebration of the New Covenant, in which the Christian community remembers Christ and celebrates the relationship they have with Him and with each other. GCC celebrates the Lord’s Supper every Sunday (1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Acts 20:7) and on special occasions such as Christmas Eve.
  • The Final Coming of Jesus is a time when Christ will personally come again as savior and judge of the world. At that time, there will be the bodily resurrection of the dead – believers to eternal life with God and unbelievers to eternal judgment. Sin will be no more and believers will live in fellowship with God forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15).