Strap in your seatbelts for a quick overview of the things we hold near and dear.  These “big rocks” are the things that we prioritize, guiding us in making decisions about where to most invest our efforts.

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Rock #1 – Bible based

We want our church to be based on something that doesn’t change, something that’s eternal.  Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”  We want our preaching, teaching, counseling and discipling to stay anchored in God’s eternal truth, not our opinions or preferences.

 

Rock # 2 – Grace 

We don’t want to ever get over grace.  In fact, we believe the Bible teaches it’s all grace from start to finish.  We need saving grace to justify us and save us from the penalty of our sins.  And we need empowering grace to grow us and free us from the power of remaining sin in our lives.  Because grace is not just pardon for my sin.  Grace is the power to say no to that same sin.  Therefore, we expect everyone who claims to have experienced the grace of God to be changing and growing by His grace year after year.

 

Rock #3 – Missions

We won’t just sit on this message of grace.  We’re not going to run from the world.  We’re going to run headlong with this message of grace, working to connect people to the glory of God…in our own backyard and overseas.  We’re going to be able to keep doing it year after year because we’re going to keep the glory of God high and lifted up as the only effective and lasting motivation for missions, not just compassion or pity for people.

 

Rock #4 – Serving

Christians look most like Christ when they humbly serve. GFC emphasizes teaching and equipping in order to live more like Jesus.  Maturity doesn’t come just from acquiring more knowledge, or being a spectator, but by learning to give more of yourself, just like Jesus (Matthew 20:25-28; Acts 20:35). We want everyone in our church family to serve by using their gifts (1 Peter 4:10-11).  As we do, increased joy, fruitfulness, and meaning can be discovered (Romans 12:6-8).

 

Rock #5 – Prayer

All of this has to be bathed in prayer, because we recognize without prayer the ministries of the church will just grind along in the arm of the flesh, regardless of how good they look on the outside.  We want to see lasting fruit, real changes, breakthroughs, and an outpouring of God’s presence and power in our midst – and that only comes by prayer.  So we pray as desperate people who recognize that apart from God we can do nothing.

 

Rock #6 – Small Groups

Small groups are the very heartbeat of our church.  The Bible teaches that people change and grow best at close range with other believers who can speak into their life… and by using their own gifts to speak into someone else’s life.  Small groups are not just some fad that we’re going to get over.  Small groups are the ministry structure that we think best enables us to do what God has called us to do.

 

Rock #7 – God-focused Worship

We’re going to do everything we can to see that the worship leads us to thinking right thoughts about God, and changing our lives and attitudes to fall in line with what He’s revealing about Himself to us.  We’re not going to use a lot of solos and choirs to sing on Sunday.  You, the congregation, are the choir each Sunday.  We want you to come ready to enter into worship rather than watching the ‘professionals’ do it for you.

 

Rock #8 – Sovereignty of God

The doctrine of ‘God’s Sovereignty’ simply means that God is in control.  God’s sovereignty is His absolute rule and control over all of His creation.  Everything happens because He either directly causes it or He consciously allows.  Nothing enters history that does not come under the complete control of God.  We believe that God has a “LOCK” on everything.  He limits, orders, controls and knows all things for His glory and our good.  We try to promote and exalt the sovereignty of God in every way that we can, because we’re convinced that a proper understanding and appreciation for the sovereignty of God will absolutely change your life and the way you see the world around you, and the way you respond to what takes place in your life.