God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s word to all. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are inspired by God, and are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin’s penalty. When God has begun a saving working in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its completion.
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The church is composed of believers who gather for worship, fellowship, communion, spiritual growth and the use of individual gifts to further God’s mission to reach the world with the message of salvation. Under the supportive care of elders and the church board, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
GVCC doesn’t do church membership in the traditional way.
We believe that if you call Green Valley “church home,” that makes you a “member.”
We believe a church is a community of dynamic relationships, where we grow, serve, and give of ourselves to others. If that’s you and you’re doing that here with us, then guess what? That makes you a “member” of GVCC! Welcome to the family!
Baptism shows others that a person has made a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ. It represents that a person has accepted Christ's death on the cross as a substitute judgment for his or her sins; that a new life has begun in Christ.
River baptism is August 28 at 2 PM at Henningsen-Lotus Park, Coloma.
All baptism participants are required to attend a brief information meeting. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at (530) 622-3231. We are happy to help you!
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If we believe that it is our act of being baptized that causes God to forgive us, then we have missed the point. Salvation is a gift from God. It comes to us because Jesus Christ took our place and was judged for our sins so that we wouldn't have to be. Baptism is simply the public acknowledgment that we have accepted His gift. The Bible shows us that after people believed, they were baptized:
"When they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Acts 8:12 (NIV)
“The Ethiopian asked Philip, ‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?’ Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the Ethiopian said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?’ Then they went into the water and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:34-38.
Jesus' Last Supper, shared with his disciples on the night before He was crucified, is the biblical foundation for the Communion meal celebrated by Christians all over the world today. Jesus asks his followers to remember him through celebrating communion together.
Who Can Take It?
We extend an "open" Communion table, meaning the invitation to receive Communion during a service is open to any follower of Christ, regardless of denominational affiliation, or spiritual tradition. Anyone who has accepted God’s forgiveness and surrendered their lives to Him is invited to share the Communion meal at Green Valley.
Those investigating Christianity who have not yet made a commitment of faith through Jesus Christ are encouraged to simply let the Communion plate pass by, utilizing that portion of the service to pray and invite God's activity into their investigation of faith.
How does GVCC celebrate Communion?
During communion, bread and juice are served. The bread (or cracker) represents Jesus’ body which was broken for us on the cross. The juice represents the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from sin and which also tells us that God’s new promises to us are based on His grace and forgiveness.
When is Communion celebrated?
Communion is celebrated during select weekend services throughout the year and on the first Wednesday of every month during our Midweek Worship Service. We also encourage people to celebrate communion in their families, small groups, classes and serving groups.
Why is Communion important?
Communion helps us remember all that Jesus has done for us and is still doing for us.
Communion gives us an opportunity to check ourselves and square ourselves with God and each other. The Apostle Paul gives us this teaching:
Communion unites us as followers of Jesus in his vision and mission for his church. The Apostle Paul explains that we are one through sharing communion.