Well, the easiest answer is to say that Gospel Community is a church that exists in Troy, Ohio. However, to get deeper into what our church is really about is to say that GCC is a community rooted in the gospel. We believe that God has created a people for Himself by His Son’s death, burial, and resurrection. As these people find their sins against God forgiven, they live for God together. This is what we hope GCC is and is becoming.
Brian oversees our Men’s Ministry and our Finance Team. He and his wife, Loretta, live in Troy with their 3 kids. Brian has served as an elder at GCC since its beginning in 2017.
Ryan and Carla reside in Covington. They currently head up our Community Groups and Decorations as well as overseeing other details. Ryan has served as an elder at GCC since 2018
Jason, Jodi, and their 3 kids (Owen, Ellie,and Sam) live in Troy. Jason has served as an elder since the church’s start in 2017. Jason leads our Discipleship, Music, and other ministries.
GCC has adopted the Charis Commitment to Common Identity as its doctrinal statement.
Our mission statement says that “Gospel Community Church exists to sow gospel seed, nourish gospel fruit, and harvest gospel workers.”
We have five core identities that we believe God calls us to form in our people:
As worshippers (Revelation 15:4 ), our only appropriate response to God’smercy is to offer our entire lives to Him with thankfulness (Romans 12:1 ). By dwelling on who God is (Psalm 86:8-10 ) and what Christ has done for us (1 John 4:10 ), we respond with gratitude both in oureveryday actions and when we corporately gather (Colossians 3:15-17 ). We know our worship is received byGod, not by our efforts, but because of the work of Christ on our behalf (Hebrews 10:19-22 ).
As witnesses (Acts 1:8 ), we participate in God’s redeeming work (2 Corinthians 5:20-21 ) by proclaiming the gospel message that leads to salvation (Romans 10:14-15 ) in the context of loving actions (1 John 3:18 ). Together, we are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14 ) as well as helping establish and encourage other churches in our region and throughout the world (Matthew 28:19-20 ). We pursue this with joy and anticipation, knowing God’s glorious mission is the worship of every tribe, tongue, people and nation (Revelation 5:9 ).
As servants(Luke 17:10 ), we do not have an authority of our own, but recognize Christ’s headship (Ephesians 5:23 ) as seen through the authority of the scriptures (1 Thessalonians 2:13 ). This means we submit ourselves to the Word — Old and NewTestament — in our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ), in the structure of our church (Hebrews 13:17 ) as well as her calling to develop leaders for the church (2 Timothy 2:2 ). Though we are sinful and weak, we have confidence that He will advanceHis church (Matthew 16:18 ).
As disciples (John 15:8 ), we are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18 ). As God conforms us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29-30 ),this inward change manifests itself in visible ways (Galatians 5:22-24 ). We work with the assurance that God will create the fruit for His glory (Philippians 2:12-13 ).
As family (Romans 8:16-17 ), God calls us to show love to one another (1 Peter 1:22). We are devoted to one another (Hebrews 10:24-25 ), using our unique gifts to serve and love one another (Romans 12:3-13 ). We abandon our selfish ambitions and consider others, just as Christ did for us (Philippians 2:1-10 ). We pursue such unity because we know it is Christ’s desire for His church (John 17:20-21 ).