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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
20 September

Dear GFC Family,

Let us thank God for small group leaders He is using to transform people's lives, marriages, and communities. In view of this Fall season, we are envisioning new groups to be launched and existing groups to be relaunched with renewed passion to make disciples, mature disciples, and multiply disciples. Let us pray that every GFCers will be connected to a small group for accelerated growth, and that the Lord will raise up more disciplers.

This weekend, I will talk about SMALL GROUPS ARE FOR TRANSFORMING LIVES. Can God use you in a life-changing ministry called discipleship? Hear me out: Any man or woman of God, filled with the Spirit of God, equipped with the Word of God, can change the world for God, for the glory of God. Yes, that means you and anyone among us. You are already called and empowered by God to go and make disciples. In this message, you will be challenged to answer God's call and to learn how you can maximize your impact in discipleship.

Laboring until Christ is formed in you,
Pastor Arman 

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13 September

Dear GFC Family,

Thank God 1) that the "Storm of a Lifetime" has weakened into a category 2 typhoon, 2) for intercessors who prayed last Tuesday, commemorating 911, that God will continue to protect and bless America, and 3) that I was able to join a webinar on "Internationals Among Us" where I learned how to do world missions at home.

This weekend, I will talk about, SMALL GROUPS ARE WHERE WE GROW DISCIPLES. The first step in discipleship is to answer Christ call--"Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Then, we get into a life-changing discipleship journey of becoming more and more Christlike, and of developing into effective disciple-makers and disciplers. However, many Christians are just growing older but not growing up. Who is a disciple? How do we attain deeper levels of spiritual maturity and disciple others in the same path? Learn more what God is saying on this subject this Lord's Day as you and your friends join us.

With you in reaching the nations through discipleship,
Pastor Arman


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06 September

Dear GFC Family,

How are you all doing in your walk with Christ? If you are not part of a small group, you are probably missing the joy of growing deeper in Christ in an atmosphere of an authentic Christian community. Our Lord Jesus Christ called us not only unto Himself to be His disciples (Luke 9:23; Matthew 4:19), but also to belong to a koinonia--a true fellowship or community of devoted Christ-Followers, bound by their common life in Christ, and by their common purpose of making disciples who make disciples. Thus, in the weeks ahead, I would like to challenge you all to be part of a small group.

This weekend, I will talk about SMALL GROUPS BUILD TRUE COMMUNITY (Acts 2:41-47). Fellowship today is reduced to a churchy word for social activities. It means much more than that. It means building up one another in Christ. It is a dynamic relationship with God and with one another. The early disciples "continued steadfastly in...fellowship." What makes a fellowship one that is true, steadfast, and honoring to God? What does loving relationships have to do with our fellowships in church and in small groups? How do we show that in practical ways? Find answers this Lord's Day. Don't miss it.

Blessed be the tie that binds us together,
Pastor Arman 

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30 August

Dear GFC Family,

Thank God for our students and teachers whom we sent off last week with our prayers trusting Him for provisions and protection, and that He may use them as Christ's Ambassadors. Let us pray 1) for Tatay Mariano, Ate Lita, and Pastor Sermon for continuous healing and recovery, and 2) for more small groups to be launched in the next three months.

This weekend, I am fired up to begin our new series on Why Small Groups Matter? We'll focus on God's Design for Healthy Discipleship Groups (Acts 2:41-47; 5:42). When the first small group members of Jesus were called "to be with Him and that He may send them out" to the world, they do not know what they were getting into. As they obeyed, they were amazed to see lives transformed, and churches were strengthened and multiplied. What's the "genetic code" of a healthy small group? What are the benefits of belonging to one?

Blessed to be a blessing,
Pastor Arman 

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23 August

Dear GFC Family,

What a great sight to see two families went to be on missions with God and through God, one in Russia, and the other in Alaska, just a few days ago. They got saved, discipled, and trained in a church at Massachusetts led by my pastor-friend. That's what a healthy church looks like and supposed to be! Let's pray that our God Almighty will continue to raise up Spirit-filled disciple-makers, leaders, and missionaries from our church family to reach the nations around us and beyond us.

What's up this weekend? It's my final message on our series about the Great Names of Christ. I will talk about--CHRIST, THE MIGHTY GOD (Isaiah 9:6, Revelations 1:8). Our Lord Jesus Christ has the same power and honor as that of God the Father's and of the Holy Spirit's. The same power that enabled the early church to do great things is available to us today. If this is true, "Why are there powerless Christians and churches?" How do we experience the enabling power of Christ to accomplish great things for His glory? Find out and learn more this Lord's Day.

Through Him and for Him,
Pastor Arman 

OPPORTUNITY:
Sep 1, Saturday, 9 am-3 pm: Islam and the Great Commission Seminar; Jerusalem Baptist Church, Fairfax Station, VA; To register call 7039675068, or online at christforthecrescentworld.org.

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16 August

Dear GFC Family,

Glory to God for His tender care for some of us who are walking in the valleys of deep darkness, dangers, and the shadow of death. We fear no evil for He is with us! Let us rejoice over God's goodness to those who are celebrating their birthdays and anniversaries this month.

This weekend, I will talk about JESUS, THE GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:11; Psalm 23:1). In this message we will exult Jesus as our Good Shepherd who leads us, feeds us, and protects us. All of us needs a shepherd because we are prone to wander, to get weary, to fear, to fall and to fail. In this dark and broken world, surrounded by dangers and darkness, our Good Shepherd uses His rod of authority and power to guard and protect us from the enemies of our souls. He uses His staff of care and compassion to guide and lead us into the abundant life (Jn 10:10), and in the path of truth and righteousness (Ps 23:3-4; 119:105). Are you His sheep, and is He your Shepherd? Do you belong to His flock/church? Do you follow Christ as your Leader and Lord?

Grateful to serve my Chief Shepherd and Bishop of my soul,
Pastor Arman 

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09 August

Dear GFC Family,

Let us give praise and thanks for God's faithfulness to Dr. J as he celebrates his birthday this Friday. Thank God for fellowship and funtime our youth and GBC's youth this week. Let us uphold some of our brothers who are scheduled for surgery: James Armstrong, Tatay Mariano, and Pastor Arman.

This weekend, I can't wait to preach on the strong Name of Jesus--JESUS: THE ULTIMATE MESSIAH (Jn 20:31; Mt 16:15-16). What does it mean when we call Jesus, the Messiah (Christ)? What do we say to skeptics who doesn't recognize Jesus as God's Messiah, anointed and appointed to be the world's Redeemer and King? To where does a personal encounter with the living and powerful Messiah leads us to? What is it's implications in witnessing, preaching, and in standing strong in the darkest of times? Discover more of God's precious truth about the great Names of Jesus. May this message fuel our worship, our adoration, and our commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ--the Name above every Name!

Glory to Yeshua Masshiach,
Pastor Arman 

Opportunities:
Aug 10th, 5pm, Hibachi--Dr. J's thanksgiving celebration; all is invited
Aug 11th, 8 am-1pm--Creation Science Conference; Ramoth Baptist Church, Stafford


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02 August

Dear GFC Family,

Join us as we celebrate the Lord's Supper this weekend. Let us meditate on who Christ is and what He accomplished at the cross that we cannot accomplish on our own: Redemption, justification, reconciliation, adoption, propitiation, and forgiveness. Let us get right with God and with one another, give thanks to Him, and rededicate every area of our lives to be used exclusively for His glory as His blood-bought children.

This weekend, I will talk about CHRIST: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 23:5-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Can a person be saved by living a good life? Self deceived people think so which is critically dangerous. The truth is, no one who relies on his own righteousness goes to heaven. Christ's perfect, all-sufficient and everlasting righteousness alone received by faith is able to save us. His righteousness which culminates at His death on the cross is the ground for our justification. He enables everyone who trusts in Him to walk in true righteousness. How does anyone receive that righteousness? How do we walk in His righteousness daily? Find out, and bring someone with you this Lord's Day.

My One Defense and My Righteousness,
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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