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WELCOME TO GFC!

Praise God you've found us! Welcome to our website. We are a Christian community where everyone is welcome. You matter to God and to us as well. If you are looking for a church dedicated to obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, you are at the right place. We have a celebrative type of worship where we focus our heart's affection and mind's attention to God. We worship Him in Spirit and in truth, with reverence and awe, biblical, and acceptable to Him. We are committed to fully obey the Great Commission--make, mature and multiply disciples and churches unto all the nations. I hope you and your family could visit us in one of our worship celebrations. You may also check out our small group schedule if you desire to grow as a devoted Christ's follower and transform your community. Find one nearest you or do the honors of hosting one at your home.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Pastor Armando De La Merced
11 April 2019

Dear GFC Faith Family!

This week, let us remember Christ's awesomeness and excellencies revealed at the cross and at the empty tomb! As we do, let us: a) celebrate in praise of our Sovereign Lord and Glorious Redeemer Jesus Christ who purchased our salvation through His sufficient sacrifice, b) praise our Father who demonstrated His supreme love for us at the cross, and who guaranteed our everlasting hope through Christ's resurrection, and c) agonize in prayer for those in need of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.

Who will you invite to celebrate Christ's Resurrection (Easter) with us this weekend? Let us invite our family and friends to hear about the Good News of Christ's death and resurrection. Christianity is a resurrection faith. If Christ is not risen, our faith is empty, our preaching is in vain, there is no God, the Bible is not true, there is no resurrection hope, and there is no forgiveness for our sins. But, praise God, Christ is risen indeed! Because He is risen, salvation, new life, new beginning and new power are made available; hope of triumph over all difficulties, pain, sin and death are made sure.

He is risen for our justification,
Pastor Arman 

April 20th, 9:00 am-10:30 am, B-117: Meditations and Prayers on the Seven Sayings of the Savior
April 21st : EASTER with GFC, at Locust Shade Park, Triangle, VA [Worship at 9 am; Fellowship at 10:30 am; Lunch at 12:00 pm.]

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11 April

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Thank God for affirming with me last week that we are a Great Commission Church family sent, empowered and united in making disciples unto all the nations for His glory! Let us then a) Pray for the lost beginning with our family and friends, b) Manifest God's love and presence to them, c) Share the Gospel of God's glory to the world, and d) Disciple them to obey Christ and to be like Him. Let us just do something to reach the lost for Him.

This weekend, I'll preach on THE KING OF GLORY (Matthew 21:1-16; Psalm 24:7-10; 118:25,26). The long awaited King Messiah has come to save and shall return to rule all nations in power and in glory. He is a KING like no other--most powerful, infinitely great, unparalleled in grace and in wisdom, and His Kingdom is universal and everlasting. Have you welcomed Him in your heart as your King? Do you follow Him as Lord and Savior for the right reasons? Will you be part of the fickle-minded multitude who changed their "Hosanna" into "Crucify Him" in a week? I pray that you are not and it will not be too late to bow to Him confessing Him as Lord. 

May His Kingdom come,
Pastor Arman 

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April 21, 9 am: Resurrection Celebration at the Park, Locust Shade Park, Lilac Pavilion, Triangle, VA.
April 26 at 7 pm to 1:00 am April 27: The Secret Church Training, at GBC main sanctuary. 

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28 March

Dear GFC Faith Family,

What a great blessing for some of us to be at the Prayer Summit this week! We looked deep into Christ life of prayer and His teachings on prayer leading us to desire to pray as He did. This Lord's Day, we'll have a Lord's Supper Celebration and we're glad to receive into our church family the newly baptized brethren.

This weekend, don't let trivial matters hinder you from assembling together for worship and edification. I'll preach on REACHING THE LOST FOR GOD'S GLORY (Acts 26:17-18; Matthew 28:18-20). Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the Great Commission five times, and yet many churches have lost their compassion for the lost. What will it take for us to develop a Great Commission lifestyle? How will proclaiming the Good News for God's glory become a part of our church culture? There's one key factor that could re-ignite your passion for reaching the lost, and it's not what you think. Find out and let us increase the temperature of witnessing and discipleship at our church.

Reaching the lost and the unreached peoples with you,
Pastor Arman 

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Lord's Supper Celebration this Sunday, April 7th.
Easter (Resurrection) Worship at the Park, April 21st, 9:00 am, at Locust Shade Park, Triangle, VA.

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28 March

Dear GFC Faith Family,

All glory be to God for our great worship and baptismal celebration last weekend! Let's pray for another batch of new believers to follow Christ in disciple's baptism next month in response to the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. 

This weekend, I will preach on BEHOLDING GOD'S EXCEEDINGLY GREAT GLORY (Psalm 57:5,11). Because the glory of God that is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit through His Word is exceedingly great, we seek His glory in all things we think, say, and do. It is our supreme desire, purpose and endeavor. Learn how to view God's glory in its highest degree in such a way that it will take your breath away in awe. Let us hear what the Spirit of God is revealing on how we glorify God in trials, in worship, and in doing His will. See you all this Lord's Day.

Te Deum (To Thee God, we praise),
Pastor Arman 

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April 2nd, 6 pm-8 pm: Prayer Summit, Parkway Baptist Church, Moseley, VA.
April 21st: Resurrection Day Celebration, Locust Shade Park, Triangle, VA

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21 March

Dear GFC Faith Family,

What a great joy to see a batch of Christ's followers following the Lord in disciples' baptism this weekend! The ACTS pattern of baptism shows us its meaning and its importance (Acts 2:41, 8:16-13, 36-38, 9:18-19, 10:47-48, 16:13-16, 33, 18:8, and 19:1-5). All those baptized: heard the Gospel and believed in Christ alone as their Savior and Lord, turned from sin, worldliness, and idols, were baptized immediately, and joined a church family or started a new one. Baptism is for disciples only. Are you a disciple of Christ but haven't followed Him in water baptism? "What are you waiting for? Arise and be baptized..." (Acts 22:16).

This weekend, I will speak about BEHOLDING GOD'S GLORY HERE AND HEREAFTER (Psalm 17:15). People who try to find satisfaction in life through worldly fame, riches, and pleasures are doomed to disappointment. Whereas, people who focus their lives on the eternal and set their greatest satisfaction in God's presence, beholding His glory to be transformed into His likeness, brings joy unspeakable and true satisfaction. In this message we will see the contrast between these people, and two ways to behold God's glory and what it does to your heart and soul. If you long for a sweet communion with God, beholding His glory in this life and in the life to come, this message is for you. If you desire for the Lord to turn your life from dullness and dryness to everlasting delight, don't miss this message. See you around this Lord's Day.

Captivated by the vision of Christ's glory,
Pastor Arman 

March 24th, 2:10 pm: Baptismal Celebration at GBC main sanctuary.

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14 March

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Each time we gather for worship and for prayer, we hear testimonies of God's faithfulness! Brethren, that's a clear evidence of God presence and power which are at work in us, among us, and through us. He is honored in showering us with His goodness in answer to persevering passionate prayers.

This weekend, I will preach on God's Glory Revealed Through the Gospel (1 Timothy 1:11,15). Do you desire to know more of God's glory that fuels your worship, transforms and strengthens you, and emboldens you in proclaiming the Gospel to the world? Let us look at the glorious Gospel of the blessed and glorious God! What is the Gospel? Why is the Gospel so glorious in its origin, message, purpose, and effect? What aspects of God's glory are we going to see when we look at it with unveiled spiritual eyes? Let us learn more about this message this Lord's Day.

All for His Glory,
Pastor Arman

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07 March

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Praise be to God for the ministry of His Spirit to open hearts, eyes, and minds that we might see God's glory, believe in Christ, be transformed, and be strengthened. May we keep gazing on His glory as we spend much time in His presence daily. Let us thank God for His sufficient grace to those who have health issues and for answered prayers.

This weekend, let us be humbled and be awed by God's infinite greatness and glory. I'll preach on--The Unveiling of God's Glory in Creation and in Scripture (Psalm 19). God is relentlessly revealing Himself and His glory to mankind from generation to generation. He speaks clearly to us through His created worlds and through His inspired Word. How can a person know if God is really real and have a saving relationship with Him? What does it mean that "the heavens declare the glory of God?" How does God speak through His inspired Word? Why is it that the grand truth of God's glory matters in the way we live (character, morality, and ethics), and in our eternal destiny? 

Soli Deo gloria,
Pastor Arman 

March 10: Spring Forward--DST begins. Don't forget to turn your clocks  forward 1 Hr on Saturday night, March 9th.
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28 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Praise and thanks be to our God who answers prayers! He is our Shepherd who provides, who protects, who leads and who meets our needs. Our nation is in great moral and spiritual crisis. Let us lift her to the Lord in prayer claiming: open hands (Pro 3:27), open doors (Col 4:2-3), open hearts and minds (Acts 26: 17-18; 2 Cor 4:6), and open heavens (Isa 45:8).

Is it your heart's desire to know more of God's glory and be transformed from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit? This weekend, let us learn how? I'll preach on, THE UNVEILING OF GOD'S GLORY (2 Corinthians 4:15-18). The Spirit of God alone knows the fullness of the glory of God. Through Him we can clearly see God's glorious nature, works, and wonders. As we keep on gazing the glory of God, as revealed in the Gospel, our lives are gloriously transformed from glory to glory. Do people see Christ's ever-increasing glory reflected in our lives? How do we shine as lights beaming the glory of Christ in an ever-darkening world? Learn more about these grand truths that will transform and strengthen you.

Spreading His name and fame,
Pastor Arman 

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21 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

To God be the glory for the things He has done, for the things He is doing, and for the things He will do in us and through us! Brethren, this is our supreme vision, our highest motivation, and our noblest goal. It is indeed the divine truth that governs all our thoughts, words, and actions. How are we living for His glory so far?

What's up this Lord's Day? Why missing out our assembling together for worship and edification this weekend is not a good idea? It's because God has a message for us that will align our lives to His glory. I'll preach on GLORIFYING GOD ABOVE ALL (Psalm 115). The Psalmist prays and sings, "Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory," to disclaim glory to anyone or to anything. Why is it that God alone is worthy of glory in every: blessing, victory, and success? How do we live for His glory in a selfie-mode culture? Find out four ways you can do so.


Soli Deo gloria,
Pastor Arman 

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15 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Why is Valentine's Day such a popular holiday? Could it be that people are hungry for true love? If it is true, then as Christians, this day or this month provides us a great opportunity to honor God by being a witness to His perfect and unconditional agape love. Let us then love God, who first loved us, with all we've got, and love others like God loves them in words and deeds.

This weekend, let us not neglect the assembling of ourselves to worship our God who loves us with an everlasting love. Let us come together to be ministered unto by God's Word that builds us up, fire us up, and lift us up. I will preach on GLORIFYING GOD THROUGH CHRISTIAN SERVICE (1 Peter 4:7-11). In the light of eternity future, we are to band together in loving service to God for His glory. Though this text refers to the demands of discipleship, and shows us the vital signs that the church is alive and healthy under the Lordship of Christ, it calls us to be God's servants. How do we serve the LORD in such a way that glorifies Him? What happens to a church if everyone is passionately serving the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit and whose motivation and goal is God's glory?

I love you all with the love of Christ,
Pastor Arman 

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07 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Our God almighty indeed has done and is doing great and mighty things in answer to our prayers. Prayer is one of His appointed means to display His unfading glory. Because of our concern with that glory manifesting in and through our church family, we devote ourselves to personal and corporate prayers.

How else could we glorify God? Answer: through our bodies. That's why, this weekend, I will talk about GLORIFYING GOD THROUGH YOUR BODY (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Many professing Christians think, "If I can devote to God part of myself, part of my time, and part of my possessions, that would be enough." They need to understand that Christ has bought each one of us completely, and not partly--body, soul, and spirit. Therefore, we are forever and completely HIS! The life once used for the devil's purposes are now to be used to glorify God with it. This includes every part of our bodies and everything that goes with it: talents, abilities, energies and potentials. In this message, you will learn what it means to glorify God, and three practical ways you can glorify God with your body.

For Him who gave His all,
Pastor Arman 

Opportunities:
Feb 10th, Sunday: Lord's Supper Celebration.
Feb 12th, Tuesday, 10 am to 1:30 pm, at Occoquan Bible Church: Reaching Communities Through Disciple Making

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03 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Let us celebrate God's goodness this Lord's Day! We've been in prayers for the mission trip in Ifugao and the Ed Johnson Ministries evangelistic campaigns in Iloilo, in La Carlota and in Antipolo. Thank God for hundreds of people who came to faith in Christ. Thank God for answered prayers regarding my angioplasty surgery last Thursday. I got home the next day ready to serve and preach this weekend.

This weekend, I will talk about the importance of prayer and how to pray effectively. My message is about, WE GLORIFY GOD IN PRAYER (John 14:12-14). To prepare the disciples for world missions, the Lord instructed them about the power of prayer as He did since the beginning of His ministry. He showed to them that prayer is essential not only in following His teachings and His examples, but also in glorifying God. The glories of His power, wisdom, and goodness shine in answer to the prayers of His people. However, churches today are experiencing decline and powerlessness due to lack of prayers. How could that change? How do we pray prayers that glorify God!

With you in building a praying church,
Pastor Arman 


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23 January

Dear GFC Faith Family,

We rejoice for God's answer to our prayers: Dan Rimando's cancer remission and Brother Alvin's last chemo. Let us keep praying 1) for the Posts and the Boozes who are on a mission trip to the Philippines, 2) for each of us to align our lives with God's glory by engaging in daily devotions, corporate worship and prayers, and by making and multiplying disciples among the nations, and 3) for my second stent placement procedure at Sentara on January 28th.

This weekend, I'm excited to preach on GLORIFYING GOD IN WORSHIP (Matthew 28:16-20; Hebrews 10:19-25). In this message, we will learn about the priority and the pattern of true worship. How do we evaluate our week by week gathering for worship and community? Do we experience the Holy Spirit's transforming and Christ-exalting presence as we engage in worship together? Why is real worship essential for our relationship with God and for building healthy disciples and churches? 

Worshiping God with you,
Pastor Arman

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Opportunities for Growth and Ministry:
1. We encourage you to join our Small Groups. You will grow as an authentic, devoted, multiplying Christ's follower in the context of a loving Christian community. Healthy disciples make up a church that impacts the world for Christ.
2. We love to have you in our Prayer Meeting every Wednesday (7:00pm--Joint prayer with GBC and Hispanic; 7:30pm GFC at Chilton room) and every Saturday at 9am-10am, at room B-117. Our God is worthy to be sought in prayer. He helps us become a praying church with prayer-energized lives and ministries, making breakthroughs in world missions.
3. We would like you to belong to our Church Family. Sign up to our Discover Membership at GFC seminar. Know who we are as a church family, how we make an impact in people's lives, and how you can be a part of it.
4. We would like you to grow in Christ-likeness, strong in the faith, useful and victorious. Sign up to our Discover Spiritual Maturity workshop. Learn our vision to grow Christ-like, obedient, strong and fruitful disciples. Learn a simple pathway to Christian maturity.
5. We would like you to develop a servant heart. Sign up for Finding Your Ministry at GFC workshop. Find the joy of serving the Lord using your God-given abilities and gifts. Discover ministry opportunities where you can serve with effectiveness and impact.















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