GCC exists to be a blessing to our city – in North Lakeland, Florida and beyond – all to the glory of God.
To be a church where people know Jesus through worship and biblical preaching, grow in Jesus through authentic community and personal practices and go with Jesus where he calls us to serve and surrender
Our Core Values
Generous – It is truly better to give than to receive. God has generously blessed us richly in Christ so why would we withhold from others what has been freely and lavishly given to us? When we give, we are enriched, others’ needs are met and God is glorified. Therefore, we will strive to be generous with our time, talent and treasure. (2 Corinthians 9:10-12)
Genuine – Being transparent while rejecting self-protection is the key to genuine relationships. There is no pretense, posturing or self-promotion with Jesus. He is truthful, genuine and always gives honor to his Father. We will strive to be honest and authentic in expressing our need of Jesus. (Romans 12:9-10)
Gospel-centered – The Gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ rescuing sinners through his perfect life, sacrificial death and his amazing resurrection – is what changes, empowers and guides us. This rescue plan is laid out in the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. So the gospel of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible (not our culture, imaginations or personal preferences) will be our compass. (1 Timothy 1:15-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Gracious – Grace is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Because we have all sinned against our perfect God, we deserve separation from Him. But if we place our faith in Jesus Christ, God lavishes His riches on us (forgiveness of sins, adoption, eternal life, etc.). And this is all by God’s grace, not through any effort on our part. Therefore, we will strive to be welcoming, forgiving and gracious because we have been shown immeasurable grace from our Heavenly Father. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
Growth-oriented – We want to grow in our personal relationships with Christ and we also want the number of believers to grow as people come to faith in Jesus Christ. We want to grow in grace, give our lives away and see people come to faith in Jesus through our witness on the north side of Lakeland and beyond. Along these lines, it is also our desire to plant a daughter church in the next 7-10 years. (Matthew 28:19-20)