What To Expect

Getting connected is vitally important in our pursuit to know God, glorify Him, and grow to full devotion.  Coming to faith is not the finish line, but rather the starting point on our journey of pursuing God for the rest of our lives.  We take this journey in community with others and pursue together in various relational environments in the church.  Relational Environments enable people to help one another to grow in their knowledge of God and connect to God’s purposes for their life, and engage in authentic living.

 

The goal of Grandview Christian Church is to develop a growing number of people who love God, love others and make disciple-making disciples in the context of biblically relational environments. You will experience several types of Biblically relational environments in our church, including the following:

 

        •       Medium-Sized Groups (20-100) in our ministry outreaches, Discovery classes, Financial

                Peace University, and retreat activities.


        •       Life Groups (6-15) in our growth groups, ministry groups, men's and women's groups, and
                recovery groups.


        •       Accountability & Mentor Groups (2-5 people) meeting in a variety of places for growth
                and accountability (triads).


While all of these relational environments are important and even vital for the Christian life, we believe that the best context for biblical discipleship happens in Life groups of 6-15.  It is here that we can be most effective in learning to live out the power of God's love in the context of deep and meaningful relationships.  Relational environments designed for discipleship, not only promote the growth of those in the groups, it also provides a powerful testimony of God's love to the unchurched world.  This is why much of our equipping and training for discipleship happens in the context of Life groups.  We will utilize a number of different types of Life groups as we become disciple-making disciples.

Our Mission

At GrandView...

We are following Jesus,

being changed by Christ,

and joining Him on His mission.

Our Purpose

To be a church where REAL LIFE CHANGE happens.

We do not believe that it is enough to simply say a prayer, attend church for your weekly fill up and then go on living "your" life.  In order for real life change to happen, we believe that every Christ follower and member of GVCC should be a disciple.

A DISCIPLE IS:

                               …following Jesus (Head)

...being changed                                             …is committed to

   by Christ                                                       the mission of Christ.

     (Heart)                                                          (Hands)

                                                




We use Matthew 4:19 where Jesus calls his first disciples as a basis for this mission. Jesus said:

 “Follow me, and I will make you Fishers of men” 


Our Process

We do this by… 


Sharing:

          The Gospel -
                 The good news of Jesus Christ and what he did for you.

          Our lives -

                  We are on this journey together, following Christ and         
                 wanting
you to come along.

          The Truth -

                 The Bible shows us biblical truths that we try to put to
                 practice
in our lives.

          New habits -

                  Spiritual disciplines need to become habits in our lives to
                 help us
to grow.


Connecting:

          With God -
                   Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and
                  strength.  
(Matthew 22:37)

          With Others Life Groups) - 
                   We do life together, applying God’s word to our lives.  
                 “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  
(Matthew 22:39)

          With Gods Purpose - 
                   God has a purpose for your life, we want to help you find
                  that purpose and equip you to serve God faithfully. 
(Ephesians 2:10)


Training:

          Equip For Ministry- 
                  How can you serve God and your community.

          Providing Ministry Opportunities - 
                   Give you a chance to use your gifts, to stretch your legs
                   and grow in Christ.

          Released To Do Ministry -
                    Allow you to actually serve.

          Discipling process -
                    You need to be in a discipling relationship either:

                           - being discipled (someone guides and encourages you in your spiritual walk).

                           - discipling others (After you have been discipled, we encourage you to find someone who you can
                             help on this journey).

 

Our Beliefs

WE BELIEVE IN GOD.

He is the one true God.  Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 26-27, Genesis 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, John 14:26, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14.

 

WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST.

That He is truly God and truly man, existing for all eternity and having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He lived a life without sin, was crucified on the cross, as a sacrifice for our sins, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He now reigns as our High Priest and Mediator.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, John 8:58, John 10:30-38, John 12:45, John 14:10-30, John 17:5,24, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 4:14-15, Hebrews 7:3,
I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4

 

WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.

That His ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, indwell, guide, instruct, comfort and empower the believer for godly living and service.  We further believe that all Christians have been promised the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in their lives.  Although we cannot dictate the Holy Spirit as to when and where He acts, the promise of His presence may be claimed at the point of conversion (Acts 2:38).  The Holy Spirit then gives gifts of ministry to each one for the good of the body (I Corinthians 12:4-7).  We do not believe that gifts exist to prove someone is saved nor should they be practiced to draw attention to the individual.

 

WE BELIEVE IN THE SCRIPTURES.

Both Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 12:6, 119:105 and 160, Proverbs 30:5.

 

WE BELIEVE MANKIND IS MADE IN THE SPIRITUAL IMAGE OF GOD TO BE LIKE HIM IN CHARACTER.

People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called sin. This attitude and the actions of this attitude separates people from God.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

 

WE BELIEVE A MAN IS SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

1.  Salvation is through the grace of Jesus only and paid for by His blood.  (Ephesians 1:7)

2.  No amount of work on man’s part can earn it. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

3.  People are called to believe and accept Jesus as the only Savior for sin.  (Acts 15:7)

4.  People are expected to confess belief in Christ. (Matthew 10:32)

5.  People confirm that decision by being immersed (water baptism).  (Acts 8:35-38)

 

WE BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST  IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH.

Only those who have come to faith through Jesus Christ are a part of that church both locally and universally (Colossians 1:18).  We believe that since the Lord is the head of the church, that every local church has the right, under Christ, to govern its own affairs.

 

WE BELIEVE SATAN IS REAL.

He desires to “kill, steal and destroy” the Church and that he is ruler over the present world system. 
Job 1:6, Matthew 4:1, John 10:10, II Corinthians 11:14, II Thessalonians 2:8-9, Hebrews 2:14, Ephesians 6:12, I Peter 5:8, I John 3:8

 

WE BELIEVE JESUS WILL SOMEDAY RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH.

All the dead will be resurrected – the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord – the unbeliever to everlasting punishment.  Heaven and Hell are both   
very real.  

II Thessalonians 1:9, II Peter 2:4-9 and 3:7, Jude 13, Revelation 20:15.

 

WE BELIEVE GOD CALLS US TO BE GOOD STEWARDS.

Stewardship is giving back to God in areas of money, abilities and time.  God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts and therefore the owner of all things before and after they have been given to us.  He promises to reward with His blessings, those who faithfully give back to Him.  His blessings are given in accordance with man’s faithfulness and generosity. 
James 1:17, Luke 6:38, Romans 12:8, II Corinthians 9:7, Malachi 3:8-10.

Baptism

What Does Baptism Have To Do With Salvation?

This article talks about what we believe about baptism and it is very well written, so we got permission from the author to post it on our website. It includes some scripture references, but there are many more scripture references in the Bible.


We believe that baptism should be done as full immersion.

  • We have a baptistry in our sanctuary, that we use, but we are also willing to baptize in a lake, river, etc.
  • When the Bible talks about baptism, it almost always talks about it in connection with forgiveness, salvation, and the washing away of sins (full immersion). This confuses many people, because the Bible clearly teaches that man is saved by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8).    So what, if anything, does baptism have to do with salvation? Let’s see what the Bible really teaches.

The Biblical Expression of Faith

  • Baptism is not something we do in addition to having faith in Christ. Baptism is an expression of faith in Christ.
  • Baptism is the biblical way for a lost person to express faith in Christ, in order to be saved by God’s grace.

To say it another way, baptism is the biblical way of crying out to the Lord in faith, “I want nothing more to do with a life of sin. I want to live anew as your humble servant. Please, Lord, wash me and I will be clean.”

  • That’s why the New Testament says things like this:
  • Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38).
  • Baptism is the moment when sins are washed away. (Acts 22:16).
  • Baptism is the act of putting on Jesus Christ. (Galatians 3:27).
  • Baptism unites us with Christ. Our old self is buried and we’re raised to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-11).
  • Baptism saves us because it is an appeal for a clean conscience. (1 Peter 3:21).

None of what the New Testament teaches about baptism contradicts what is said in passages like Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” What the Bible says about baptism is in perfect harmony with what it says about grace and faith. We are baptized because we have faith that God really does save sinners “by grace.”


Not by Works

Some may say, “But if you believe that you must be baptized in order to be saved, aren’t you teaching salvation by works? Doesn’t Paul say we are NOT saved by works?” The New Testament absolutely teaches we are not saved “by works.”  Many people in the First Century taught, that in order to be saved, you had to keep the Law of Moses. They were teaching a salvation by works of the Law. They did not have faith in God’s willingness to save by grace. The books of Romans and Galatians were written to combat this false teaching. “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified”. (Galatians 2:16).


Paul also explained in the book of Ephesians that we are not saved by any of our good works. We cannot save ourselves by being good people and doing good deeds. If we could, then we would boast that we had saved ourselves, rather than praising God for saving us. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.     
(Ephesians 2:8-9).


We can only be saved by trusting in Jesus’ power and willingness to save by grace. This faith is expressed by repenting of our sins and being baptized (Acts 2:38). Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”. (Mark 16:16). Baptism is the biblical way for a lost person to express belief in Jesus. Until they do so, they remain condemned.


Baptized Because You Are Saved?

Many argue with the biblical teaching on baptism. They say they were saved first, then later were baptized because they were saved. In other words, they believe baptism is to show people they’ve already been saved. This is simply not the biblical teaching on baptism.
Occasionally, the argument is made about the Greek word, “eis” in Acts 2:38, that it means “because of.” But, this is simply not true. The Greek word “eis” occurs over 1,700 times in the New Testament and it never means “because of.” 

 
Consider the account of Saul of Tarsus (who later became Paul): After persecuting the church, the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus and struck him blind. No one argues that Paul believed at this point, but was he saved? That’s an important question. We certainly don’t find Paul rejoicing. The text says, “For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank” (Acts 9:9). When a man named Ananias showed up, he said to Saul, “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16). Here was a man who had believed in Jesus for three days, but yet was still in his sins. It wasn’t until he called on the name of the Lord by being baptized that his sins were washed away.


Here is an important question. If you’ve been baptized, were you baptized by faith or were you baptized for some other reason? Were you baptized, as the New Testament teaches, because you knew you were lost and you wanted the Lord to save you?
The vast majority of religious teachers today do not teach what the New Testament teaches on baptism. People are being baptized as a good work, not as an expression of faith. Their teaching and practice are not biblical.


If it were me, if I had been baptized for a reason other than what is taught in the New Testament, I would go today and be baptized by faith. I would find someone who teaches the truth to immerse me in water, trusting in the blood of Jesus Christ to wash me clean.” 1


Have questions, let’s talk

Todd

 

 

1 Wes McAdams, “What does Baptism have to do with Salvation?” (Radiacally Christian: March 2, 2016, http://www.radicallychristian.com/what-does-baptism-have-to-do-with-salvation, Accessed March, 2017)).