Gospel Community Groups
At Faith Alliance Church our mission statement is, “to see every follower of Jesus going and making disciples who are engaged in Christ-centered discipleship that is marked by loving sacrificially, leading always toward Jesus, teaching God’s word, and praying for one another daily.”
Gospel Community Groups (GCG’s) are the primary way we plan to live out our mission, which we believe is also the mission that God has for His church. GCG’s are small groups of people who are committed to loving one another sacrificially as they meet together regularly to grow in faith. Not only do GCG’s invest in one another, but they’re also committed to reaching out to people in their sphere of influence who have a desire to learn or experience more about the Christian faith.
Why such a big name? Because we believe that the Gospel – or ‘Good News’ – that Jesus took our punishment for sin so that we could live with him forever – is not just something we believe once, but that God’s act of forgiveness, mercy, and love affects every moment of our lives if we allow him to. We get to live our lives as a response to God’s love rather than trying to win his favor. And we believe that we can only fully follow Jesus together, in community. Jesus asked us to love one another, forgive one another, and pray for one another – in fact all of the ‘fruit’ that God’s Spirit produces in our lives is demonstrated in how we relate to each other. We meet together because God works in us and through us.
What Makes a GCG a GCG?
GCG’s uphold four values:
1) Prayer – Groups will spend time in prayer each time the group meets. They will pray for one another and for people outside the group who do not yet know Jesus.
2) Scripture – Groups will spend time reading scripture and talking about how they should respond as individuals and as a group.
3) Accountability – Groups will work together to apply God’s word in day-to-day living in specific and measurable ways; they will follow up with one another each week.
4) Commitment – Groups will uphold a one year commitment. During this time they will meet together weekly (bi-weekly if weekly is not manageable). After one year each group will reassess where God is leading them.
Where and When do GCG’s Meet?
Many Gospel Community Groups meet on Wednesday night because a free dinner is served at 5:30 and children of all ages can attend classes as well (learn more about Wednesday night dinners and classes for infants through teenagers and adults, here). Even more adult groups and ministries meet at various times and places throughout the week.
Learn how to get started with any of these groups and more here.
If you’re new to the area, are looking for a church family, are interested in exploring more about the Christian faith, or you want to participate in the mission of God with other believers, we’d love to have the opportunity to learn more about you. We have GCG’s that look forward meeting you and journeying alongside of you and your family. If you have any questions or want to hear more about our Gospel Community Groups please go ahead and take the next step here. We look forward to meeting you!