I Call You Friend

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“Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.”

— Exodus 19:16

On the morning of the third day, all the people of the camp arose expectantly. There were silent murmurings of what form this all powerful God would take today as He came to meet with Moses, their leader. The people knew this God, their God, to be a God of power and wonder. Only three months before, He had led them out of Egypt with many miraculous signs and wonders. He even came with them as a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. God had fed them with manna and quail and had given them water to drink from a rock. Indeed they knew their God to be powerful and so they feared Him. To this slave nation, powerful people were people to be feared. They had no understanding of power that would not easily crush them as it would their enemies. So as they arose that morning and saw the thick clouds settled over the mountain top in a most unnatural way with lightning, thunder, voices, and fire, they indeed trembled.

“Fear is not as strong as love, and is in fact its opposite.”

— Unknown

However, fear was not enough to keep the people of Israel from their old sinful ways. While Moses was still on the mountain talking with God, they had Aaron make them a god to follow and worship. From their gold jewelry, he made a calf statue. And together they worshiped the image of the golden calf, saying this god had brought them up out of Egypt. Even though they knew the God who led them out of Egypt was powerful, they turned away from Him time and time again. The Lord was showing His people His love for them in a powerful way through signs and wonders. But they disobeyed Him. However, there were some who knew Him in a more personal way who where the most faithful. People like Moses, Abraham, Joshua, and David. They were the most faithful to God because they knew Him the closest. Through a loving devotion to God, we can remain faithful to Him too, not through intimidation and fear. And because we know God, we love Him. One of the best ways we know God is by observing the life of Jesus. God knew that people needed to have a relationship with Him in order to truly follow Him. And He desired this as well so He created humanity. God did not want a trembling people who stood at a distance. He wanted friends who would draw near to Him in love.

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

— John 15:15

Muslims around the world today, most of whom are descendants of Abraham through his firstborn son, Ishmael, are trying to reach their god through righteous acts such as fasting during Ramadan. They are trying to approach God like servants. Muslims believe they are following the same God that Abraham knew, but the god they strive to follow is not the same as our Heavenly Father. Many Muslims are truly seeking God, and seeking to please God, but it is impossible to know the Father when you don’t understand that Jesus is the Son who fully represents Him. They don’t understand that Jesus — not fasting, works of justice, or pilgrimage — is the one and only way to God in heaven. However, when they meet Jesus, all of that changes. GCM has many wonderful real-life stories of Muslims who have found the love of God they always wanted in Jesus. And this is why GCM exists. We live and serve in restricted Islamic nations, bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who are searching for the truth.

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”