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Our Beliefs


GHCC is a non-denominational, independent, evangelical, full gospel fellowship who chooses to major on the essential beliefs (like Jesus is God’s Son), minor on the non-essential beliefs (like wearing flip-flops to church offends people) and always err on the side of grace. While we will try some pretty crazy methods to connect with people who are far from God, we actually hold fast to many traditional Christian beliefs (at least the essential ones)…


Trinity

The triune Godhead is comprised of 3 separate and distinct personalities, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Each personality being God are eternally existent, eternally revealed, and function as one entity.

The Father

The person of the Godhead to whom we pray and search for his eternal will.  He will also function as the eternal judge.   (Matthew 6:9, Matt. 7:11, John 14:20, Romans 8:15, Col 2:8-10, 1 Peter 1:17)

The Son

Jesus Christ is the eternal son of God.  He was sent to earth as fully God, yet fully man.  We believe in His:

– Virgin Birth.  (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31,35)

– His Sinless Life.  (Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:21-22)

– His Substitutionary work on the Cross.  ( 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

– His resurrection from the dead.  (Matthew 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Corinthians 15:4)

– His ascension to the right hand of God.  (Acts 1:9-11, Phil. 2:9-11)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead whom is ever active in the believer and the church.  His role is to convict the world of sin, regenerate those who believe, sanctify the believer, and draw men to the truth and salvation.  (John 7:39, John 14:15-18, John 16:7-15, Acts 2:33, Romans 8:1-27, Galatians 3:1-14, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 3:14-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8)

The Holy Scriptures

The Bible is the inspired word of God received by way of revelation by the Holy Spirit from God to Man.  The Bible is infallible, and superior to both conscience and reason.  The Bible is our foundation for faith, truth, conduct, and inspiration.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 4:12, 1 Peter 1:23-25)

Man’s Fallen State

Man was created good and upright.  However, man by virtue of his own rebellion fell from his relationship with God.  The only hope for restoration of our relationship with God is through Jesus Christ His son.  (Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-21)

Salvation

Salvation is the free gift of God to man.  No one has the ability to earn salvation through works. Salvation is only available to those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord, by faith through His grace.  Man must receive salvation in order to restore relationship with his creator.  The benefits of salvation begin upon confession, and last eternally.  Salvation is a free gift that cannot be lost, however it can be rejected before or after reception by man’s free choice.  (Mark 10:45, Romans 3:23-24, Romans 10:8-10, Romans 14:12-20, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7, 1 John 1:9)

Baptism In Water

The ordinance of baptism is subsequent to salvation, and is a symbol to those around of the inner work Christ has done for an individual.  Baptism is to be done by emersion, as a declaration that an individual has died with Christ and been raised to new life in Christ.  (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:4)

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

This work of grace is subsequent to Salvation.  At Salvation the Holy Spirit comes into the heart of the believer.  Yet, there is a need to be so filled with His Spirit that the He clothes you with power from on high.  Many scriptural accounts show the baptism of the Spirit began and was received as apostles lay hands on the believers.  With the infilling of the Spirit comes the fulfillment of all power to serve, the power to witness, and the release of spiritual gifts.  We believe that speaking with tongues is an evidence of being filled with the Spirit, yet it is not the only evidence. (Luke 11:3, John 3:34, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, Galatians 5:22-23)

Abundance in Christ

Our relationship with Christ through the Holy Spirit gives us fulfillment of all arenas of spiritual and physical life:

– Spiritual (3 John 2, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Romans 10:9-10)

– Mental (Isaiah 26:3, Romans 12:2, 2 Timothy 1:7)

– Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24

– Financial (Malachi 3:10-11, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:6-10)

– Social (Proverbs 3:4, John 10:10)

The Church

The church is God’s plan to reach the world, the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in Christ, and the Body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through His word.  God calls the Church to express its life in the unity and fellowship of the Spirit, in worship, preaching of the word, observance of the sacraments, and ministry done in His name.  The church is both the Bride and Body of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:42-47, Eph, 1:22-23, Hebrews 10:19-25,  Hebrews 12:23, 1 John 4:17)

The Power of Prayer

Prayer is our source of communication, and our lifeline to the Father.  Prayer is to our Father in the name of Jesus who is our chief intercessor.  We believe in the power of prayer to change things, the prayer of agreement, and a spiritual prayer language.   (Matthew 17:21, Luke 11:1, 1 Corinthians 14:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, James 5:15-17)

Holy Communion

The Lord’s Supper consists of bread and the fruit on the vine.  It is the symbol expressing our remembrance of Jesus life, His suffering, and His death.  It is to be observed in remembrance of Him as often as chosen to participate.  This sacrament is intended for those whom are in right standing with God.  Each man should carefully examine his life prior to receiving the Lord’s Supper.  (Matt. 26:26, Mark 14:22, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Divine Healing

Healing was a major part of Jesus’ earthly ministry and is available to all persons today.  The availability of healing comes from Jesus beatings and crucifixion.  In the church the elders should be involved in the prayer of healing and the anointing of oil.   Our prayer for healing requires faith, yet is accomplished by the sovereignty of God.  (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:14-16)

Sanctity of Marriage

Marriage was ordained by God from the beginning of time.  The ordination of marriage is between a man and a woman.  Marriage is honorable, and should be entered into for a lifetime commitment.  (Genesis 2:18-25, Ephesians 5:22-33, Hebrews 13:4)

Second Coming of Christ

Jesus Christ will return personally to the earth to bring the dead in Christ, and the living that are saved into an eternal Heaven.  After the judgment of the earth, Jesus along with the saints of God will rule and reign the earth for 1,000 years.  After that there will be a new Heaven and a new earth. (Matthew 24:27-30, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 2 Thessalonians  2:1, Revelation 19-21)

Heaven and Hell

Heaven is the eternal reward for those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ.  Eternal judgment will also take place.  Those found without a relationship with Jesus Christ will be banished from His presence into a literal hell that was created by the Lord for the Devil, his angels, and his followers.  (Genesis 1:8, Isaiah 66:1 Proverbs 27:20, Matthew 18:9 Luke 12:5)