Knowing as much as you can about the church you are visiting is important. You want to know what drives the congregation and staff. Are they a pragmatic, program-driven body, or are they focused on the essentials of the faith? Here is who we are at GfBC.
Our Vision: To be a kingdom-minded, Christ-exalting, multigenerational community of faith
We are also Christ-exalting. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of His church and He has given us Scripture to dictate how His church is to be led. We exalt Christ in worship by only doing those things that God commands, including weekly communion.
GfBC believes in having a multigenerational vision for life. We rejoice in the gift of children and believe that every child is precious in the sight of God. Not only do we believe children are a gift, but we also give honor to those who are older and more mature in the faith by honoring Titus 2-type relationships.
All of this is wrapped up in our community of faith. We are a group that is united by covenant with one another. We enjoy biblical fellowship through hospitality and we preserve unity through loving church discipline.
Our Mission: To proclaim the supremacy of Christ to every man with a view towards Biblical conversion and comprehensive discipleship
Proclaiming Christ to all men means that we must reach beyond ourselves and those that are already like-minded. We are intentional about reaching people groups around the city of Houston and throughout the world.
Churches that emphasize Biblical conversion are churches that take the Gospel seriously. We carefully examine professed converts and look for signs of repentance and faith. We are especially patient with children. We do not have an invitation at GfBC and we do not baptize young children.
Once someone is in the faith, there is more work to be done. Those people must be engaged in comprehensive discipleship. We disciple our members through the preaching and teaching ministry of GfBC which includes small groups, leadership training, family discipleship, catechism, and an emphasis on Christian education.
Our Core Values
The Sufficiency of Scripture
The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Therefore, we continue to make every effort to structure our church according to the biblical mandate. We are not perfect, but we are always reforming (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:19).
A Biblical View of Conversion
We constantly proclaim and explain the gospel, and take our time with people struggling to understand what it means to follow Christ (Romans 3:23; 5:8; 10:9-14; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46; 2 Corinthians 13:5, etc). We are especially careful with children and would never manipulate or rush any child (Matt. 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2).
The New Testament has surprisingly little to say about worship styles. However, it is very clear that we are to engage in Christ-exalting worship through praying, preaching, Scripture reading, singing, giving, honoring and obeying God (John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-20; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 3:16).
Christianity is not merely a religion; it is also a lifestyle, a philosophy, and a worldview. We are to think biblically about every aspect of our lives (Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 10:5-6; Colossians 2:8; 1 Peter 1:14-16).
The Church is not a building, but a community of believers. As such, we are to live in fellowship and community with one another. We must do more than just occupy seats near each other on a weekly basis to call ourselves a church.(Matthew 18:15-18; Romans 12:3-18; Acts 2:41-47; 4:32-35; 6:1-7; Hebrews 13:17)
God has given clearly defined roles to men and women in the home and in the church (I Corinthians 16:13-14; I Kings 2:1-3; Proverbs 31, 12:4; Titus 2:3-5; I Tim 5:14). While these roles have come under attack in our culture, God has not changed. We embrace, teach, and celebrate these distinct roles at GfBC.
The Blessing of Children
We believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. God has called us to be fruitful and multiply. We reject our culture’s view of children as financial burdens that should be received sparingly. Instead, we rejoice with those who receive children in abundance, and mourn with those whose prayerful plea for the blessing of children has gone unanswered (Psalms 127:3-5; 128; Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 17:6; Job 42:12-16).
The Nobility of Motherhood
Motherhood is a high and honorable calling. While not every woman is called to be a wife and/or mother, those who
While the church is called to make disciples, it is clear that God has given the family as the primary
We believe every Christian family should strive to give their children a Christian education (Psalm 1:1-2; Proverbs 1:7-9; 2:1-7; 3:1-7;9:10; Luke 6:40; Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 1:18-21; II Corinthians 10:3-5; Colossians 2:8-10; Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:20-21).