Behold the Light of the World


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

— John 1:1-5

As we enter into this special holiday time where festive lights are everywhere, we believer cannot help but remember that the holiday season is about Jesus—the light of the world. When we drive down the streets and see the sparkles, displays, and tree-lit lined boulevards, we cannot help but think that these lights are only beautiful in the night.

It is the dark of night that makes the lights bright and beautiful. Recently, we were praying with one of our underground church leaders who shared her heart with us.

“Sometimes the atmosphere I am in feels so dark, so heavy, like a blanket covering me.” Most of us in the West cannot put ourselves in this disciple maker’s shoes. Most of the West has not touched these dark places where GCM underground church leaders are planting churches. This is dark, hard, dry ground—ground that has not yet been tilled. These are the frontiers of missions work.

While praying for this leader, many began sharing the pictures and scriptures the Lord was putting on their hearts. One profound image stood out. That is, that in the darkest room, the smallest light, shines brightly.

What an opportunity to carry the light of Jesus within us and enter into the darkest of the dark places on the earth. This is why we hear so many stories of the Man in White appearing and signs and wonders in the Middle East—because the light is brighter in the dark.

So, this Christmas, as you are lighting your candles or tree, remember the light of Christ that is within you and how you can impact the darkness. Remember that our underground church leaders do not need much, just a small, little light. Consider sowing into these dark places this holiday season and share your light with the unreached along with us. Merry Christmas from all of us at GCM.

Please send a special Christmas gift to our disciple makers this Christmas.

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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!”