We are committed to the glory of God.
We exist for God: He does not exist for us. He created us to fulfill a specific purpose—to manifest his glory (Isaiah 43:7). We glorify God by loving him for his glory, by living lives that reflect his glory, and by rejoicing in the perfections of His glory (Rom. 8:18; Col. 1:27). This means a radical God-centeredness in all that we do and say (Col. 1:18). It means a significant emphasis upon personal holiness and godliness (Eph. 2:10).
We are committed to gospel centrality.
By the gospel we mean the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Faith in these realities saves us from the wrath of God. In addition, we also believe that the Cross of Christ is the heart and soul of the gospel (1 Cor. 1:18-25, 2:2), and therefore Christianity. There Christ displayed the glory of God both for our salvation (2 Cor. 4:6) and our imitation (2 Cor. 3:18). It is no understatement to say, “I learn everything I need to know about God, man, how to live, and what to expect in eternity, by looking at the cross.” Therefore, we attempt to integrate the cross into every facet of Christian living and teaching. We are big on the basics, what Paul called “sound doctrine” (Titus 1:9).
We are committed to pursuing humility.
Together with the Reformers, Luther and Calvin, and the great pivotal Christian minds of the last 2,000 years, we believe that all men are dead in sin (Eph. 2:1). We believe that God is holy, that men cannot meet God’s standards, nor will they want to, unless God initiates a relationship with them (Matt. 11:27, 16:17; Rom. 9:18, John 5:21). Therefore, it follows that salvation belongs to God (Rev 7:10), not to men. God reconciles us to Himself through His work not ours. In fact, God has designed salvation to transfer all boasting from self to the cross of Christ (Rom 3:27, Gal 6:14). When internalized these truths provoke lives of growing humility and gratitude. To the degree that we grow in humility God sends grace.
We are committed to the local church.
The Christian life is more than me and my Bible. It is corporate. It is a life shared with a body of people. That is because the local church exists to display the life of the Trinity (God’s glory) in a fallen world, and the Trinity is a social community. God saves families and individuals to join them to a local church (1 Cor. 12:13). That is because God accomplishes all of His purposes through the local church (Rev. 2, 3). Therefore, Christians not committed to a local church are a contradiction in terms. Because of these truths, we honor membership, practice church discipline, and submit to biblical church government.
We are committed to biblical manhood and womanhood.
Although men and women are equal in value, God created them with different functions in family and Church (1 Cor. 11:2-15, 14:32-35; 1 Peter 3:1-7). He did this to display His passion for the servant leadership and joyful submission to authority that characterize the social dimensions of the Trinity. Recognizing and submitting to this truth is an important key to healthy families and vibrant local churches. Practically, this means God calls men to love their wives by leading them and to lead their wives by loving them (Eph. 5:25ff). It also means that God calls wives to submit to their husbands and respect them (Eph 5:22-24, 33). Last, it means that God has given the task of public preaching and teaching to men (1 Tim. 2:11-15). It also means He limits the office of Eldership to men (1 Tim. 3:1-7). Otherwise, men and women are equal in function.
We are committed to the great commission.
We evangelize because we believe that God glorifies His mercy, grace, and love through the conversion of needy sinners. We also evangelize because as Paul wrote, “the love of God controls us” (2 Cor. 5:14). We evangelize because we believe these terrible words, (Heb 10:27) “it is appointed for men to die once then comes judgment.” At the judgment God will separate all men into two groups— those that go to “a lake of fire” (Rev. 21:14) and those who go to Heaven, a place of “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). All of life is preparation for one of these destinations. We evangelize because on the Day of Judgment no one will enter Heaven except through specific faith in Christ and His atoning work.
We are committed to biblical fellowship.
We believe that biblical fellowship in the context of small group ministry is crucial for growth in godliness. (Acts 2:42-47) Biblical fellowship is making known to others what God has made known to us. In addition, biblical fellowship involves receiving from others what God has made know to them. (1 Jn. 1:3, Rom. 1:11ff) Biblical fellowship in the context of small group often includes encouragement, prayer, exhortation, rebuke, and the application of Sunday’s sermon. (Heb. 10:24ff) Small groups along with Sunday worship are the non-negotiable heart and soul of GCF’s life together.
In the spring of 2002, six families joined together to plant what would become Grace Christian Fellowship. Our intention was to add a gospel-centered, gospel-driven church utterly dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit. We started in Mark William’s basement. Within a month we had moved to the Fireside Room at Fourth Memorial Church. A few months later we began meeting at the Eat Right Wedding Chapel on North Washington street.
The Early Years
During these early years, many curious people came to check out the new church in town. Some stayed, and with this loyal nucleus we began to put down roots and grow upward. Then, in the spring of 2004 we moved to Our Savior Lutheran on north Washington. A year later St. Paul’s Lutheran, at our current location on North Hamilton, contacted us with an offer to sell. In December of 2005 we purchased St. Paul’s and the Lutheran congregation moved to a different facility.
North Spokane Plant
In October of 2010 we were forced to move to two Sunday morning services due to our growth. In the fall of 2011 we leased space from Fourth Memorial Church for eight months so that we could go back to one service. In the Spring of 2012 we moved back to our facility on Hamilton with the goal of handling future growth by planting a north campus, something we have always wanted to do. In October of 2013 we launched GCF North with 150 people. Currently we are one church with two locations. To God belongs the praise, the honor, and the glory!