Because He Lives

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Recently, we visited a family who left Islam and recently came to the Lord. It was amazing to see the changes God has made in their lives in such a short time. In ordinary conversation, they talked about the upcoming “Easter Service” at their local church. The way they talked about it was as if it were a very special day- like a wedding or occasion that was at least this special.

What a realization, the excitement of these new believers in having a day to celebrate the resurrection, in a way that those of us in the West perhaps have grown accustom to as “normal”. Easter Sunday for us who have believed a long time, or even our whole life, can be just another Sunday morning. However, to those who have come out of Islam, Jesus’s resurrected life changed everything.

Most Muslims will tell you that Allah is not personal, he doesn’t speak or act on your behalf. He doesn’t answer you- he always remains silent. There is no life in Islam. Only death and darkness, which Jesus overcame on the cross.

Rightfully so, this excitement background Muslim believers have, should convict us in the West. We should regularly meditate on the cross, and the resurrection.

“But I have this charge against you: that you have left the love that you had at first. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent and do the works you did at first.”

— Revelation 2:4-5

This Easter Sunday, let us keep before us the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. Let us remember that this is what separates us from every other false religion- we are filled with life. We carry this life in us- the light of God to all men, because He lives.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning’…’In Him was the life, and that life was the light of all mankind. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

— John 1:4-5

Because He lives, we should be living bright lives. We encourage you as you fellowship at your local church this Sunday to really thank the Father for the cross. To really meditate on the life we have recieved through the resurrected Christ. The world has problems- and you carry the answer.

Blessing you a very Happy Resurrection day from all of us at GCM.

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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!”