Core Commitments

What makes a healthy, biblical church?  Simply put, it’s the Word of God building the church. Jesus, as the incarnate Word of God said in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church.” Paul instructed Timothy to devote himself to the preaching of the Word (2 Timothy 4:2) because the Word makes the man of God “complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).

It is only when we begin to discern the answer to this question from Scripture that we are able to assess ourselves as a congregation and identify the opportunities for growth that are before us. We have identified three core commitments to exclusively, sacrificially, and wholeheartedly devote ourselves at GCC: Worship, Community, and Service.

 

Worship

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- Colossians 3:16-17

Both individual and corporate worship of the Triune God is the natural and necessary response of every person who has been redeemed through the grace and mercy made known in Christ.  Worship of the church must be motivated and shaped by the character of God, who alone is worthy, as we strive to obey His commands, proclaim His glory, and promote His kingdom.

 

Community

...not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
- Hebrews 10:25

Those who have been loved by God are compelled and empowered through the Holy Spirit to participate in the diverse community of the church through the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  The forgiveness, exhortation, service, and other expressions of love within the church ought to declare to the outside world the truth of Jesus.  

 

Service

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
- Ephesians 2:10

The church was created in Christ Jesus to do good works as the ambassador of Christ by promoting the glory of God and proclaiming the manifold wisdom of God. Thus, the church ought to sacrificially and generously use the time, talents, and treasure entrusted to our care by making disciples and modeling Christ-like compassion.