Our Mission and Vision

Since day one, our mission has been to “glorify God by joining Him in building a community to reach a community.”

We strive to accomplish that mission through our vision of helping broken and vulnerable people find life in Christ.

We believe in…

The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things1

existing eternally in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The unique divine inspiration2

entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.

The dignity and brokenness of all people3

created in God’s image to live in love and holiness,
but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt,
and justly subject to God’s wrath.

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine4

who lived a perfect life,
who took upon Himself the judgment due sinners on the cross,
who was bodily raised from the dead,
and ascended as Savior and Lord.

Eternal life5

which is a free gift given immediately and permanently
to all who, wholly apart from any works,
put their faith in Jesus Christ alone.

The Holy Spirit6

who indwells each believer at the moment of faith
in order to glorify Christ by changing and using us
for the building up of the church.

The church7

which includes all true believers in Christ,
is organized locally,
and overseen by elders.

The future8

anticipating the coming of Christ for His church at any moment,
followed by the examination of believers for the purpose of rewards,
the physical return of Christ to establish His kingdom on earth,
the final judgment of unbelievers,
and the creation of a new heaven and new earth
all to the eternal glory of God.

1Genesis 1:1,26; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1-3; Matthew 28:18-19
2John 14:26; Matthew 24:35; Isaiah 40:7-8; 2 Timothy 3:15-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
3Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-24; Psalm 8:3; Romans 1:18-23, 3:23
4Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; I Corinthians 15:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; I John 2:1-2; Acts 1:9-11
5Romans 3:21-26, 4:5, 5:1, 8:38-39; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16, 5:24, 14:6
6John 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13,30, 14:21-22; Ephesians 1:3,13, 4:11-13, 5:18; Colossians 1:24-29; Hebrews 2:3-4. NOTE: Speaking in tongues is not the sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, nor is physical healing guaranteed in this life. GFC does not promote the use of sign gifts.
7Matthew 16:13-18, 28:18-20; Acts 2:11-15, 20:17-38; Romans 11:1,25-29; Ephesians 2:13-16, 19-22; Colossians 1:18,24; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Revelation 1-3 NOTE: We hold to a historical-grammatical approach to interpreting the Bible and deny that the church replaces Israel and affirm that God will keep promises made to the Jewish people. Genesis 12:1-3, 15:1-21, 2 Samuel 7:8-16
8Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 25:21; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 11:25-29; Acts 1:6-7; Revelation 20:1-15, 21:1-4

Values

We value…

Modeling Grace

Embracing people where they are.
Luke 15:20, 31-32; John 8:1-11; Romans 15:7; James 2

Living Truth

Conforming our beliefs, attitudes and actions to the Bible.
John 1:14, 17; Romans 12:1-2; James 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Demonstrating Love

Treating others as we would like to be treated.
Matthew 7:12; John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Engaging Service

Using our treasure, talents and time to further God’s purpose.
Romans 12:1; Philippians 2:19-30; Hebrews 6:10; James 1:27

Pursuing Growth

Seeking greater personal growth in all situations.
Proverbs 4:5-9; Luke 2:52; Philippians 3:12-14; James 1:1-4

Struggling Well

Facing reality with honesty, integrity and trust.
Romans 8:18-25; 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 7:5-6; Philippians 4:11-14

Reproducing Faith

Intentionally passing on our faith to others.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 12:24; 2 Timothy 2:2

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