GCC is a group of missionaries, a body of believers, a population of diverse individuals united by the common relationship with Jesus Christ. We desire to glorify God through the mission of Jesus Christ and to make Him known among all peoples in accordance with Acts 1:8.
The list below of statements gives a very general overview to the theological positions of Gospel Community Church. We are in the process of writing our “Confession of Faith” in order to give prospective visitors a more in-depth understanding of what we believe, and we will publish that in several mediums upon completion.
We believe the following:
- In one God, creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally co-existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, inerrant, and trustworthy Word of God, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of human beings, and the final authority for all matters about which it speaks.
- That human nature derives from two historical persons, male and female, created in God’s image. They were created perfect, but they sinned plunging themselves and all of humanity into sin, guilt, suffering, and death. Man is totally depraved and in himself unable to remedy his lost condition. Man’s depravity alienates him from God and actually makes him an “enemy” of God, and as a result, remains under the “wrath” of God.
- That the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His bodily resurrection provide the only ground for justification, forgiveness, and salvation for all who believe, and only those who trust in Him alone are born of the Holy Spirit, are true members of the Church, and will spend eternity with Christ.
- That the Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration (the new birth) and renewal for believers in Jesus Christ, and that He comforts, guides, convicts, and enables believers to live in ways that honor Him. We believe God gives every believer spiritual gifts upon their acceptance of Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and places the Believer into the Body of Christ. We believe that particular spiritual gifts are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. We believe God does hear and answers the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted
- That the new birth experience is a work of God, not a work of man. Eternal life is not that which is earned via man’s effort, works, or religion; it is strictly a gift of grace – God doing for man what man cannot do for himself. The salvation experience begins and ends with the sovereign work of God in the life of the sinner. We believe that once we are saved, we are kept by God’s power and are secure in Jesus Christ forever
- That baptism and the Lord’s Supper are two practices only to be viewed and understood in light of our Lord’s commands – having no supernatural or saving power in either the water or the elements. Immersion in the water (baptism) is a public sign that one has identified his or her self with Jesus Christ through prior repentance and faith. The Lord’s Supper serves as a reminder and proclamation of our Lord’s death and the victory brought about as its result.
- The church is the body of Christ, both local and universal, consisting only of those individuals who have united themselves to Jesus Christ through repentance and faith. The head of the church is Jesus Christ, and it exists to glorify God, edify His people, and to take the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world. Jesus (the Chief Shepherd) leads the Church and directs it through the vision of the pastors (undershepherds). Deacons help the pastors, assisting them in the physical ministries of the church so that the pastors are freed up to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word. The office of deacon is reserved for only men, yet all of the members of GCC are encouraged to live a gospel-centered life and help to lead the work of the ministry.
If you still have questions about our beliefs, feel free to contact us at your convenience. We’ll be happy to further discuss any questions you may have.