A Question for You

What is church and who is it for?

This compound question is one of the most important questions you will ever answer (and I’m not just saying this because I’m a pastor). If Jesus loved the church and gave his life for it (Ephesians 5:25), then this must be an important question for everyone who loves Jesus to answer. This question is too big for a brief email update to fully answer, but…

The church is not a building, but a body of believers. We are a movement of people called out by God for his own glory, scattered across the globe but connected in local churches. We have the opportunity to worship and praise the Lord, to learn and grow, to build healthy relationships, and to use our gifts and resources to share the love and good news of Jesus with others. We certainly miss the way things used to be, but that doesn’t mean we’ve missed our mission. Nothing will keep us from accomplishing the purpose God has given us.

The way we’ve stated it at GFC is that we are glorifying God by joining him in building a community and reaching a community. Right now, that building and reaching looks and feels different than it ever has before, but our shared purpose has not been frustrated. I’m so grateful that GFC is continuing to be a strong, united local body of Christ – existing for the glory of God and reaching out to people who aren’t here yet.

One specific way we are reaching our community is to provide Christmas gifts for local children in need right here in our community. This can be a way for you to express your generosity or build generosity within your family, as well as an opportunity to let someone else know that they are valued and cared for. You can sign up and prepare to be part of Gift of Hope here.

What is church and who is it for? Let’s keep answering that question with our lives… together!

May God bless you this Thanksgiving,


P.S. Learn and grow from the conclusion of Habakkuk’s story this Sunday at 9:15 or 11am, and catch up on the series When God Doesn’t┬áif you missed this past Sunday.

Titus O’Bryant
Teaching & Executive Pastor of Ministries