October 26, 2015

I’m New

Visiting a church can be a scary experience! But when it comes to GRBC, you can relax…

First, none of us “have it all together.”
That’s probably why we make such a close family, because we’re all struggling.

Second, we’re not evaluating you.
When you walk in, we’re glad to see you! Don’t worry about having to “measure up” or “fit in.” None of us really measure up, and we’re all very different. Our family is very diverse, so fitting in isn’t an issue.

Third, we focus on a relationship with Jesus Christ! 
Honestly, religion has let a lot of people down. Religious structures and systems are confusing and complicated—and disconnected from real life. We would love to help you move from “religion” into an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.

Fourth, we speak plain English. 
We worship Jesus, we believe and study the Bible, we encourage each other—and we do it all in terms you’ll understand and be able to connect to your everyday struggles in life.

Fifth, we believe and teach what the Bible actually says and why it matters. 
No pointless tradition, no archaic languages, no “droning” irrelevant lectures, no pious arrogance. We open the Bible and apply it to real life in the 21st century—and it makes a BIG difference!

Sixth, most of us are new. 
Our pastor has been here since 2013 and our church family has only been here for 12 years. We’re all getting to know each other and finding our place in this growing body of loving, Christian friends.

Finally, we really are just regular, friendly people. 
“Religious” people often come off contrived, artificial, and argumentative. You won’t find that at GRBC. We’re like you—working hard, exhausted, trying to make ends meet, fighting for healthy relationships, trying to make sense of a “hopeless” culture, looking for encouragement, and glad to have some good friends who also have faith in Jesus Christ.