change…

The GLCC Fairbanks family is focused on change. Through God, we believe that we can change ourselves, change our communities, and change our world! Join us for real change in your life and the lives of others!

Why change myself?

"For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."

- 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

What kinds of change need to be made?

to know god and make god known.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

- Matthew 28:18-20

How do we change ourselves? We…

reach up

"Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment."

- Matthew 22:37-38

 

reach in

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

- Psalm 51:10

 

reach out

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

- Luke 19:10

Why House churches?

We believe that the house church model helps us to REACH UP, REACH IN, and REACH OUT more effectively in our church’s current stage of life. We have found that house church helps us to dig deeper into God’s word through discussion, find more connection to God in communion, build stronger relationships with one another, and reach people wanting to know God in a way that fits our community. We don’t see the house church model as the “right” or “more righteous” model for all church; but rather a model that is right for us at this time.

For an interesting perspective on house church, read “The Wild Goose” article by John Porter.

Greet also the church that meets at their house.”

- Romans 16:5a

We believe...

 

  • There is one true God who reveals himself to the world as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, commonly referred to today as the Trinity doctrine (Matthew 28:19).

  • Jesus, the Son of God, is our one and only Lord and Savior. He was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins and rose from the dead after three days. (John 14:6, Acts 2:22-24)

  • The Bible is the only written message of God and is inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

  • A person is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:23-25). Each individual must, through faith, repentance, and obedience, reach out to receive this free gift of salvation when they are mature enough to understand the consequences of their sins (James 2:14-26, Luke 14:25-33)

  • When people repent and are baptized, their sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit begins to work in their lives (Acts 2:36-41).

  • The greatest command in the Bible is as Jesus stated in Matthew 22:37-39: to love God with all your heart and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

  • Church is more than a place to attend on Sundays. Rather, it's a family filled with diverse people who are committed to God and to one another in practical, meaningful ways. (Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

  • While salvation is based on grace and not our good works, disciples have a responsibility to live and work for God as laid out in the Bible. This includes helping others to become disciples (Matthew 28:18-19), training or discipling one another to love God and stay faithful to Him (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 3:12-13, Colossians 1:28-29), and serving the poor and needy (James 1:27)