We Believe:

... there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


... in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His reconciling death for all people, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension to heaven, and His future return in power and glory.


... the Holy Scripture was received by God's messengers without error and remains the authority for all we believe and practice.


... salvation is by the grace of God, apart from any personal merit, and is the common need of all people, who have sinned and fallen short of God’s standards. This restored life is received through faith in Christ alone, who is himself the gift that God offers.


... the appropriate and commanded response of faith is repentance of sin, confession of Christ as Lord, baptism (with water), regular participation in the Lord’s Supper, and continued growth in the love and knowledge of the Lord.


... in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Whose indwelling presence empowers and directs the Christian to live a godly life.


... in the resurrection from the dead; with believers inheriting eternal and abundant life with Christ and unbelievers facing final judgment.


... in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are not the only Christians, but we strive to be Christians only. God's love is meant to be experienced in the community of the local church. The Church of Jesus Christ is universal and exists around the world.

 

"In essential beliefs, we strive for unity; in matters of opinion, we allow freedom; 

and in all things, we show love."   


This is a simplified belief statement. If you are interested, we have a longer statement of faith with many Scripture references. You can find it above, under the heading: "Statement of Faith". 


For additional consideration: We believe marriage is an exclusive, life-long covenant between a man and a woman. Sexual intimacy should be confined to those who have entered into that publicly recognized union. We emphasize a proper view of marriage not to exclude those who disagree, but because Christ and His church are pictured in Scripture as a groom and his bride.

The Non-Negotiables:

At GCC, we believe that the Bible is clear on two practices in the church that we adhere to faithfully. 


- The Lord's Supper. We take communion every week together to "eat this bread and drink of this cup" in remembrance of Jesus Christ's sacrifice that allows our sins to be forgiven. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Acts 2:46)


- Baptism by Immersion. We offer a baptism in water, wherein an individual who has made a commitment to Christ begins the journey of obedience with the act commanded and demonstrated by Jesus himself. We submerge the new believer beneath the surface of the water so that they are symbolically buried to rise up from the grave and live a new life with Christ, empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit. (John 1:33. Acts 2:38. Romans 6:4.)