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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
January 12, 2023

Dear GFC Family,

This weekend, we will celebrate our church's 23rd Anniversary! Let us give glory to God for what He's done since our church's humble beginning. Let's tell the next generation about the Lord's worderful works from its beginning, its growth and its changes over the years. Let's thank God for faithful members and leaders He has used and are using today. Let us step forward in faith and seize the opportunites He is giving us to know Him and make Him known.

In view of our Vision R3 in 2023, I will preach the Word on A CHURCH THAT MULTIPLIES HEALTHY DISCIPLES AND CHURCHES (Acts 9:31). The churches in the Book of Acts grew, not by addition, but by multiplication. Many churches and missions organizations have a high frustration level with regards to this area. What are the necessary conditions for a church to experience fruitfulness that glorifies God? What kind of a church God uses in spiritual multiplication? How do we see this pattern illustrated in the Book of Acts? How could it happen again and again today?


A blessed anniversary to all,
Pastor Arman 

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You are welcome to join us in our Fellowship Lunch immediately following our Worship Celebration.


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January 12,2023

Dear GFC Family,

Please pass the word, "Our Church's Anniversary is approaching near." On January 22nd, 2023, we will celebrate what God has done in and through us for 23 years. It will be a great time of worship, homecoming fellowship, and rallying our church family together in glorifying God by multiplying disciples and churches.

This weekend, I will preach the Word about renewing our commitment to worshipping God together -- WHY WORSHIP GOD WITH YOUR CHURCH FAMILY (Lk 10:25-28, Heb 10:19-25). Worship is the church's greatest purpose, highest priority, and foremost privilege. If so, why church worship service attendance and engagement is at all time low these days? Why are there many professing Christians not eager to worship the LORD with others during the Lord's Day? How do we cultivate the spiritual habit of assembling together for worship? Pray with us that the Spirit of God will use this message to lead us into spiritual renewal.

In His grip and grace,
Pastor Arman 


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January 05

Dear GFC Family,

What a great way to jumpstart the New Year together last weekend! Our God is the God of fresh starts. He makes all things new. In Christ, He made us new creations, His mercies are new every morning, He makes a new way when there is no way, and He gives us new opportunities for growth and greater usefulness in His Kingdom. Let's face the New Year, not with fear, but with faith in God who will watch over us, hear our prayers, and bless us from the beginning of the year to the end of the year!

This weekend, I will talk about WHY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP MATTERS (Acts 9:26). Your church family plays a significant role in your spiritual life. One sign of true conversion to faith in Christ is desiring to identify with a local church. Why is it that many people nowadays don't feel the need to identify themselves with a local church through church membership? Why have many professing Christians drifted from the church -- not eager to worship and pray together, grow together, and serve together? Hear what the Spirit of the LORD is saying to us through His inspired Word this Lord's Day. Pray that He will use this message to call us in consecrating our lives to Christ and to His church.


Glad to be a part of God's wonderful family,
Pastor Arman 


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December 29, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

Year 2022 is almost over, let us thank God, the God of All Grace, who have shown us His goodness, His faithfulness, and His sufficient grace. As we welcome 2023, let us face the new year not with fear but with faith in Him who cares for us, who never leaves us nor forsake us, and through whom all things work together for good. Let us look unto Him who looks upon us always from the beginning of the year to the end of the year (Deu 11:12). Let us delight in communing with Him in prayer with a desire to obey His will from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. When we do, we'll live our lives enjoying Him and His blessings, making a significant impact in the lives of others, and glorifying His Name thoughout the year!

This weekend, join us this first day of 2023 in thanking God for all that He has done in 2022 and in hearing about His vision for us for the new year. Let us jumpstart our new year with a time of worship, gratefulness to God, Lord's Supper Celebration, and consecrating ourselves to Him and for His glorious purposes. I'll talk about GFC VISION 2023. For two months now, the Lord is impressing in my heart His message in Acts 9:31. This text provides us an answer to the question, "How do we move forward from a major disruption to rapid multiplication of disciples? This message is crucial in uniting our spirits toward God's vision for His church and for making year 2023 a year of renewal and impact. Don't miss it!

A blessed New Year to you and to your family, 
Pastor Arman 

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December 22

Dear GFC Family,

Christmas is the celebration of Christ's birth and of our new life because of Him. It is also a time of anticipating with hope His return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We have more reason to come to church for worship this weekend -- Christmas Day! While others plan to skip church this Sunday, let us not forget to gather for worship.

Christmas is also a God-given opportunity to explain why Christ was born as the Incarnate Son of God. This weekend, I will talk about the fourth reason why Christ has come. My message is on CHRIST'S NATIVITY DISPELS DARKNESS (John 12:46-48; 8:12; 1:4-6,9; Luke 1:78-79). He said Himself that He has come into this world darkened with sin and evil to shine as the Light of the World. The backdrop of Christ's coming is darkness. People live in sin, ignorance of the truth, hopelessness, and are waiting for a greater darkness- death and judgment. Christ came to shine in our hearts and end our dark night forever. What happens when Christ's light shines in and through you? Why do people choose darkness instead of Christ? How could we spread Christ, the One True Light, to someone living in darkness this Christmas?

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Arman 

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December 15th

Dear GFC Family,

Christmas is a great time for celebrating Christ! We may reflect upon His wonders and hail Him as the Incarnate Deity with awe, or be distracted from it by consumerism and commercialism. Let us keep our focus on the Christ of Christmas -- worship Him, spread the Christmas cheer by telling others the Good News, and by serving others in humility.

This weekend, join us in a Baptismal Service at the Main Sanctuary from 12:05 noon to 12:20 p.m. Then, we'll proceed to the Fellowship Hall for our Worship Celebration and Livestreaming (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.). I will preach our third Christmas message -- Christ's Nativity, the Arrival of the KING (John 18:36-37; Isaiah 9:6-7). In this message, we'll see Christ's perspective on Christmas. He said Himself that He was born and He has come into the world to be our Savior-King. Learn why this is Good News, a fact in history and experience, and an incredible source of hope. It also presents to us a challenge to be sure that we are saved and that we belong to His Kingdom -- a Kingdom of truth, righteousness, joy, and peace!


Glory to our Eternal King,

Pastor Arman 


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December 08

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our Immanuel -- God with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23)! He is not just a sign that God is with us, but He is God with us in person. His presence is our strength and comfort. He came to be our Savior (1 Timothy 1:15). He is with us forever through the indwelling Holy Spirit wherever we go to make disciples (Matthew 28:20). Absolutely nothing can separate us from Him (Romans 8:35-39).

Don't miss our second Christmas message this weekend! I'll preach the Word on CHRIST'S NATIVITY IS ABOUT SALVATION (Luke 19:10; 2:10-11; Matthew 1:21). Pondering upon the truth of Christ birth as God incarnate who left heaven to seek and to save the lost and fills our hearts with awe and gratitude to Him. It also makes us missional this Christmas season. Considering His claims of who He is and why He came to the world changes the way we celebrate Christmas. He said that He has come to seek and to save the lost. What has He done for our salvation? How can we join Him in reaching the lost especially our family and friends this Christmas? Pray with me that the Spirit of God will use this message to find the lost and those found may spread the Gospel that brings great joy to all peoples.

Spreading the Christmas cheer with you,

Pastor Arman 

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December 01

Dear GFC Family,

The year 2022 is almost over. Let us thank our Lord Jesus Christ who is leading us from triumph to triumph through trying times and discouraging circumstances. Let us finish this year focusing on Christ -- our glorious Redeemer, sovereign King, and the hope of all the nations. As we celebrate His grand miraculous birth on that first Christmas day, let us worship Him with great awe and joy, spread the Gospel to our family and friends, and renew our steadfast commitment to His Great Commission. 

This weekend, don't miss the opportunity of having an encounter with God through worship and the Lord's Supper celebration. I will preach the Word regarding, CHRIST'S NATIVITY ENDS FEAR (Luke 2:8-14; Hebrews 2:14-15). The fear of death is a universal problem caused by sin and guilt. Christ came in the flesh as God Incarnate, our Immanuel, and sacrificed Himself on the cross. Through His death, He conquered death, destroyed Satan and removed that fear. Learn the truths that take away fear. Discover how you can enjoy a fearless Christmas.


With you in spreading the cheer of Christmas,

Pastor Arman 


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November 24th

Dear GFC Family,

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all! Of all people in the world, we, Christ's disciples, have the greatest reason to be thankful to God for each day and forever more. Remember to give thanks unto the LORD for every blessing that flows or ebbs in your life. Let's thank Him in times of abundance and comfort or in times of lack and discomfort. Let's thanks Him in worship, prayer, singing, and in action. It is indeed good to give thanks unto the LORD and sing praises unto His Name!

This weekend, plan to worship with us. Our God is most worthy of our praises and thanks. I will preach the Word about, ABOUNDING IN THANKSGIVING (Colossians 2:6-7; 1:3-14; 3:17; 4:2). The more we know the Superior One, the more thankful we'll become. He fills our lives with blessings far greater than this world can afford: inheritance, deliverance, forgiveness, reconciliation, relocation from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light, indwelling Holy Spirit and so much more. We're forever grateful to God for what He's done and for what He'll continue to do. Learn why and how to super abound in thanksgiving this Lord's Day. 


Grateful and thankful to God for you,
Pastor Arman 


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November 17th

Dear GFC Family,

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. Acknowledging and practicing the preeminence (first in priority and significance) of Christ in our lives make us more grateful to what God has done for us. Every day becomes a Thanksgiving Day for the redeemed.

Come with us this weekend to worship the Lord and to encourage one another in the faith! I will preach the Word on, CHRIST: SUPREME LORD OF THE CHURCH (Colossians 1:17-18; 2:19). Christ being fully God and fully man, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Redeemer of the Church through the blood of the cross, is also the Head of the Church. What does His Headship mean to us today? What are its implications in our lives and in the way we engage ourselves in His church as covenant members? How do declining churches weakened during the pandemic get restored in attendance, engagement, vitality, and growth? Find answers and hope from the Word this Lord's Day!


Grateful to God for you all,

Pastor Arman 

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November 10

Dear GFC Family,

Happy Veterans Day! We give thanks to God for those who served in the Armed Forces to protect our freedoms including religious freedom. In a world full of wars, He is our hope. We look forward to that day that God will end all wars (Isaiah 2:4). 

We're blessed last weekend for seeing all of you joined us in honoring the Lord's faithful workers -- Deacon Nelo and Teacher Lorna! Wish them well and pray for them as they retire to the Philippines.

This weekend, we'll talk about Christ: Supreme Lord of Creation (Colossians 1:15-17, 20). Behind this awesome universe is it's Creator who is glorious, great in power, wisdom, and goodness. That's another reason why we trust Him as our Sufficient Savior and give Him first place in our lives. What are the five facts about Christ as the Creator of all things? What are the "Fingerprint" evidence for Christ being the Creator of this immensely vast universe? How does this evidence compare with the evidence claimed by evolutionist for evolution? How do we exalt Christ our Supreme Creator? Find answers from God's infallible Word this Sunday. Looking forward to worshipping the Lord with you.


Great is the Lord and worthy of praise,

Pastor Arman 
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November 2

Dear GFC Family,

Thank God for your response to His Word regarding His call to humility. May we keep on reflecting Christ's humility in all our relationships and in all that we do such as worship, prayer, service, and missions. Let us celebrate God for His goodness and faithfulness in answering our prayers and in sustaining us through life's storms and difficulties.

This weekend, I'm excited to start our new series based on the book of Colossians-- CHRIST ABOVE ALL. In this series, we'll learn an amazing truth about Christ that could change our lives deeply. He is supreme over all creation and none surpasses His greatness and glory! He is Lord of Creation, Lord at the Cross, Lord of the Church and every Christian. Because He is who He is, we live in this world demonstrating, declaring, and defending His preeminence. My first message on this series is CHRIST: LORD AT THE CROSS (Colossians 1:1-23). Christ is preeminent in our lives and in the world because He is our sufficient Savior from sin and its consequences. What does this truth mean to us? How do we proclaim and defend this truth while engaging our culture with the Gospel? 



Jesus paid it all,

Pastor Arman 

Note: We'll have a Lord's Supper celebration and a Farewell Lunch for the Tabas this weekend. Don't miss it!

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October 27th

Dear GFC Family,

Praise God for every answered prayers and for every fresh manifestations of His goodness and faithfulness to us! I commend you, by the Word of His grace, for your generosity, faithful service, love for one another, and perseverance in hope.

This weekend, since "Better is one day in God's court than a thousand elsewhere," let us look forward to worshipping our Living God -- the LORD of Glory! Let us not miss the conclusion of our series on Humility. I will preach the Word on, HUMILITY AND OUR PURSUIT OF GOD'S GLORY (Romans 1:21-25; 11:36). Man's chief end is to enjoy and exult God forever! But, how exactly do we live for His glory? In this message, we'll learn a sobering fact that whatever we do and however we behave, without humility, we will fail to give glory to God. Pride exalts self and robs God the glory only He is worthy to receive. Our best efforts, even our worship and our prayers will become pharisaical legalism apart from humility. A humble person will always submit to God's will, give thanks to His grace, and live excellent lives for His glory. Discover what the Bible teaches on how we live such kind of life in this age of self-exaltation, and pursuing greatness through worldly power, wealth, fame, and wisdom.


Soli Deo gloria,

Pastor Arman 

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October 13th

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of the One who is our Burden-Bearer and Rest-Giver (Mt 11:28-30)! When life's burdens due to sin and its consequence are too heavy to bear, Christ's gracious invitation is, "Come to Me all of you who are weary and heavily burdened, and I Will give you rest." When you come to Him by faith, He will give you "salvation rest" for He carried your sins at the cross (Isa 53:6). When you take up His yoke by submitting to His will and learn of Him as His disciple, He will give you His "sanctification rest" and in eternity, His "glorification rest." None have been or will be rejected who comes to Him in sincere faith, for He is "humble and meek."

I'm excited to preach the Word this weekend on, HUMILITY IN CHURCH RELATIONS (1 Peter 5:1-11). One of the undermined key factor for developing a healthy church is humility. What are the specific duties of Elders/Pastors to their flocks and vice versa? How could they work together in accomplishing God's purposes for the church even in times of severe afflictions? Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, says to us -- "Clothe yourselves with humility." Find out what it means and learn what God promises to those who do. 


Resting in His sufficient grace,

Pastor Arman 


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October 06, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

The Name of our LORD is to be praised, "for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever" (Psalm 107:1; ESV). He is indeed by nature, in essence, in all His works, forever, infinitely good! He counted us among the redeemed through the precious blood of Christ. We experience His general mercies through His daily provision for our needs, and special mercies during tough times. May we not lax in the giving of thanks and in offering Him praise through our lives.

Let us prepare our hearts for worshipping our Living God this weekend. I will preach about CHRIST'S TEACHINGS ON HUMILITY (Matthew 11:28-30, selected verses). Why is developing a Christ-like character of humility essential to a life and ministry that honors God? What could we learn from the life and teachings of Christ on humility? What does He expects from you and me who claim to be His disciples? Find out this Lord's Day and get ready to offer Him our sacrifice of praise with the fruit of our lips giving thanks.



Grateful to be in His service with you,

Pastor Arman 


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September 29

Dear GFC Family,

Praise be to our God Almighty, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and our Heavenly Father who cares for us! Hearing His promise "Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7) is like music to our ears when we are overwhelmed with anxieties, troubles, heartaches, and concerns. It invites us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt us (v.6) --when health is weakened, every efforts in ministry failed, every door has shut up, every prospect looks dark. Your Father cares for whatever cares you have right now. Cast all of them or lift them up to Him in prayer. He will care for you and lift you up.

This weekend, let us pursue God's glory through praise, adoration and thanks. Join us, bring your family and friends, and you'll be glad you did. I will preach on CHRIST'S HUMILITY (Philippians 2:1-11). Let us be amazed by the depth and incomprehensible greatness of Christ's humility shown at the cross. Let us be transformed by the power of Christ's humility. Let us draw practical lessons on humility -- humility before God, humility in discipleship, and humility in daily living. Never miss this message for trivial reasons. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use this message to lift us up, fire us up, and build us up.


HE must increase and I must decrease,
Pastor Arman 

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September 22

Dear GFC Family,

May this scripture bring encouragement and hope to you today -- "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you" (Romans 16:20; HCSB). Greater is He who is in you, the God of Peace, than he who is in the world. He sent Christ, our Redeemer, Reconciler, and Satan Crusher (Gen 3:15; 1 Jn 3:8). He crushed Satan's head at the cross and He fights your battles against temptations, deceptions, oppressions. His grace is essential to victory. Therefore, pray, use your spiritual armor and the Sword of the Spirit, and overcome all through Him! 

It's time to get back to the basics of Christian living! To give "our utmost for His highest", we are to be disciplined and willing to make sacrifices for our spiritual growth: a) Live out and share the Gospel, b) Have a daily quiet time with God, c) Worship together, c) Make disciple-makers, d) Be a good and faithful steward, and e) Serve the LORD with gladness.

This weekend, bring your family and friends to our Worship gathering! I will speak about CALLED TO SERVE GOD (Romans 12:1-12). Would you like to be used by God in making an eternal difference in the lives of others? Then, be available to fully engage in the service of God through His church. Every Christian is called to a total consecration of life for worshipping and serving God. What is God's criteria for Christian service? How do we identify, exercise, and express our spiritual gifts in the context of a diverse church? What happens when each member of the Body of 
Christ is fully functioning with loving unity and harmony with one another?


Thankful to God for serving Him with you,

Pastor Arman 

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September 15, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

Let us "rejoice in the Lord always" (Philippians 4:4) for He is the Source of pure and constant joy. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). By His grace, our names are written in heaven, we have peace with Him and of Him, we are more than conquerors over any struggles, and we have hope of His glory.

Heads up this weekend! Join us for a sacred time of worship and a refreshing encounter with our God. I will preach the Word on Becoming a Good and Faithful Steward (Luke 19:11-27). Every Christian is a steward of spiritual and material resources entrusted by Christ to be used for His purposes until His return. He made us stewards of the Gospel, our life, our time, our talents, our treasures, our touch (influence and testimony), and the use of technology. One day, He will call us to give an account of our stewardship. Would you be rewarded or rebuked? How do we become good and faithful stewards? 


In His service with you,

Pastor Arman 

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September 08

Dear GFC Family,

This weekend, as the nation commemorates 911 tragic event, its survivors and its heroes, let us gather in worshipping our God almighty, and in celebrating His goodness and victory! God alone is able to give hope of peace, lasting change, and life beyond death. His grace reaches and transforms even worst sinners. Let us cry out to God to bring revival, spiritual awakening, and healing throughout this great nation. Let us retaliate against evil by repaying evil with good (Romans 12:18-21).

I'm looking forward to giving thanks and praise to our God of Glory with you all this Lord's Day. I will preach the Word on DEFEATING PRAYERLESSNESS (Matthew 6:5-14; Romans 8:26). If you long for a powerful prayer life and if you desire to get back on track in the habit of communing with God in prayer, this message is for you. Prayerlessness is a sin of disobedience to God that leads to reproaching God, spiritual deficiency, and church decline. It is a symptom of a heart that is loosing its affection towards God and unbelief in what He can do in answer to prayer. What steps do we need to take to defeat prayerlessness?


Praying with you and for you,
Pastor Arman

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September 01

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our God who is the King of Glory (Melekh Hakkavod)! He is our all-glorious awesome God, our righteousness, all-sufficient Savior, and omnipotent Commander in Chief (Psalm 24:5-10). In Revelation 11:15 and 19:11-16, He is Jesus who reigns over all and above all, on earth as it is in heaven. Through Him, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

Be with us this Lord's Day for worship and Lord's Supper Celebration. Our God is worthy to be sought and worshipped. Pray with us that He move in a mighty way to get us back to: the Gospel, the Church, disciple-making, and the Word.

This weekend, I will preach the Word on GET IN THE WORD (Mark 1:35; Psalm 1:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Devoting to God our best time each day to commune with Him in prayer, scripture meditation, and worship is our most important duty. Being nourished, nurtured, and strengthened in the Word are essential to our maturity, stability, and usefulness in service. How do we read the Word profitably (2 Timothy 3:16-17)? What could help us stick to this important privilege and special appointment with God? 


In His grip and grace,
Pastor Arman 

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August 25

Dear GFC Family,

How have you all been these days? In whatever circumstances you've been through or are going through, trust God who never changes in His: nature, power, love, goodness, and faithfulness in keeping His promises! Trust His sovereignty in effecting change in your circumstances however impossible they may be to change. How?-- through prayer of faith! Daniel prayed for Change -- the restoration and revival of God's people (Daniel 9). It happened! Christ instructed His disciples to pray for their enemies and persecutors (Matthew 5:44). Then, in Acts 9, we see Saul, the violent persecutor who terrorized the church got saved and became Paul the great preacher of the Gospel. Coincidences? Certainly not!

The pandemic has messed up everything we are doing as God's people. It's time to get back to doing the right things we have been doing before as an expression of our "first love" to Christ (Rev 2:4-5). Let us then get back to the Gospel, get back to assembling together as a church, and let's get back to disciplemaking! This weekend, I will talk about MAKING DISCIPLES (Mt 28:18-20). Whether you have been a Christian for a couple of months or for five decades, God can use you in making generations of disciples where you are! What does it mean to disciplemake? How does it look like, and how do we fit that in our busy schedule? How can you become a disciple and a disciplemaker God saved you to become? Don't miss what the Spirit of God is saying to you and me this Lord's Day.


Sent and empowered to make disciples unto all the nations,
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 Thursday at 7:00 pm at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 86283613341 (Passcode:4321). 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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