The Gospel

The message of the gospel is the reason that Gospel Community Church exists. The word “gospel” literally means – “good news.” The gospel is the life-changing message of hope and peace that God offers to all people through His son Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches us that people were created by God to live in community with Him and with each other.  In the book of Genesis Adam and Eve rebelled against God, and their rebellion has forever changed the dynamic of our world (Genesis 3). Sadly, because of sin, humanity’s relationship with God has been broken.  The consequences for our unaccounted sin are devastating and eternal (Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:9). But God loves us so much that He came up with a plan to pay for our sins and to rescue us from our depravity.

Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity, came to earth in the form of a man (John 3:16). Apostle Paul explained that Jesus died for our sins, He was buried, and He was also raised up (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus’ death and resurrection give us the opportunity to experience freedom and forgiveness. Scripture says, “For our sake he (God) made him (Christ) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

In order to personally receive the message of the Gospel, and be transformed by it, we are invited to repent (acknowledge and reject our sin) and accept that Jesus is Lord (Acts 2:38). In Romans 10:9 it says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

At GCC we believe in the gospel, we rely on the gospel, and we proclaim the gospel; the broken relationship between God and man can be restored through Jesus Christ.

Please contact a member of our Elder Team below if you have additional questions about receiving or following Jesus.

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BAPTISM:

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, and you’ve received the message of the gospel, then your life is forever changed (2 Corinthians 5:17). Another important spiritual milestone is baptism.  Baptism is a public declaration of an inward decision.

Baptism is a beautiful picture of what Christ has achieved for Christians through His life death and resurrection. Along with the Lord’s Supper, baptism is one of the oldest sacraments in the Christian Church. It’s important to remember that baptism does not save a person but is rather a symbol of a new relationship with God – a relationship that is established by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Baptism simply celebrates what Jesus has done in, and for us, by His death and resurrection. According to Romans 6, when a person goes under the water, it symbolizes the death of Christ and the death of our sinful lives before Christ; when a person comes out of the water, it symbolizes the resurrection of Christ and the new life that we find in Him.

Jesus modeled the importance of baptism by being baptized Himself (Matthew 3:13-17) and He also gave His followers the important mission of making disciples, teaching them, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20).

At GCC we love to publicly baptize followers of Jesus because it is an opportunity to glorify God by sharing how the Gospel has, and continues to, change our lives. Not only is baptism a special time for the individual who is being baptized, but it’s also a meaningful time of worship for our whole church family. If you’re interested in making this important step in your spiritual journey, please contact us HERE.

DISCIPLESHIP:

The mission of the Church is undoubtedly to “make disciples.” The mandate to spread the name, and fame, of Jesus all over the world is recorded in all four Gospel accounts – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  The people of God are saved, sanctified, and empowered to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19-20). Discipleship is the process of “being and making followers of Christ.” When Jesus was gathering His early disciples He said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19).” That is basically the pattern for discipleship – 1) Follow Jesus, and 2) Help others become followers of Jesus.

At GCC discipleship primarily takes place in the context of our community groups. In order to help us identify the type of disciples we need to be, and the type of disciples we need to make, we have developed the Gospel Habits.

A habit is “a usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way” (Merriam-Webster). We believe that every disciple of Christ should develop and display the following habits:

  1. Pursue: Christ
  2. Pray
  3. Connect: with other believers in authentic Christian community
  4. Serve: your family, your church, and your world
  5. Give: your time, and money, to bless others and fuel the mission of the Church
  6. Go: into all the world and make disciples (live on mission in your home, community, and world)

If you desire to become a fruitful and effective follower of Christ, we want to encourage you to join a community group and begin to foster the Gospel Habits in your life.