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ABOUT GOD

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.

 

ABOUT SALVATION

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.

 

ABOUT MEMBERSHIP

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!

 

ABOUT BAPTISM

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.


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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 info@greenvalley.church, or call the church office at (530) 622-3231. We are happy to help you!

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Baptism FAQ

Below are more questions concerning baptism. Click on each question for more information. 

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What is Water Baptism?
Water baptism was practiced by John the Baptist and continued by Jesus Christ. When a person was immersed in water, it showed that he or she had repented of his or her sins (their wrong and hurtful way of living) and were accepting a new life of following Christ. Going under the water is a picture of the old life being buried - the coming out of the water, a new life in Christ. Jesus commanded his disciples to continue baptizing the people after he returned to Heaven. He said, "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..." Matthew 28:10

Who Should Be Baptized?
Everyone who has made a decision to believe in and follow Jesus Christ. Jesus connected believing in Him and water baptism when He said, "Whoever believes in me and is baptized will be saved."  Mark 16:16 (NIV)

Do You Have to be Baptized to be Saved?
No. The Bible tells us "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."  Ephesians 2:8, 9 (NIV)

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.

May I Choose Who Baptizes Me?
According to Matthew 28:19, Jesus gave all His disciples the command to baptize someone who has made a decision to follow Christ. We invite you to have the person who led you to Christ or someone who encouraged you along the way baptize you. Also, GVCC staff and pastors are all present, in the water, during River Baptism.

Should I be immersed or sprinkled with water?
The word baptism comes from a word that means to immerse or submerse in water. At GVCC, we practice baptism by immersion. We can baptize by sprinkling with water upon request.

When is a person old enough to be baptized?
A person is old enough to be baptized when he or she understands what it means to make a free decision to follow Jesus Christ. A parent should sit down with his or her child to discuss baptism. The child can be baptized if he or she loves Jesus and shows an independent desire to follow Him.

 

 
 
 

ABOUT COMMUNION

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.

He (Jesus) took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”

After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
— Luke 22:19-20, NLT

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.

Do this to remember me.
— Jesus, Luke 22:19; also Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25

 

Communion gives us an opportunity to check ourselves and square ourselves with God and each other. The Apostle Paul gives us this teaching:

For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.
— 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, NLT

 

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.

When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.
— 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, NLT
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
— Romans 12:4-5, NIV