5th June 2011
Who Are You?
“All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another”
John 13:35 (NIV)
Every now and then I get an email or letter from someone who reads these studies and who tells me how much they enjoy them and then asks, “Who are you? What church do you represent?” So let me take a few moments to explain.
The name of our church fellowship is now Grace Communion International. [In Britain we use the name “Worldwide Church of God UK”, editor] We are a Christian denomination with about 42,000 members in 900 congregations. Our international headquarters and administrative centre is in Glendora, California.
We emphasize a faithful and committed personal walk with Jesus Christ, and we believe that such a walk is possible only in a grace-filled life. In fact, our history is a wonderful testimony of God’s grace in action. God delivered our denomination from a central focus on Old Testament law-keeping to a central focus on Jesus Christ. Our denominational goal and collective mission is to live and share the good news of God’s grace, which has been displayed to the world through Jesus Christ.
Perhaps one of the unique things about our fellowship is that we really are ‘worldwide’. We have active congregations in 90 nations spanning the globe.
Some of our congregations in remote areas are quite small, but they all share a desire to reach out with the gospel to those who have not heard it, or who do not understand it. Many of our congregations in the United States and Canada work in partnership with their brothers and sisters in these faraway places, praying for them and supporting them in their efforts to share the hope of Christ.
I find that this worldwide network of congregations is one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of being president of a small but vibrant church like this.
I invite you to explore our websites at www.gci.org and www.wcg.org.uk for yourself, and see what we are doing in Africa, Asia and South America and—as Jesus said—“the uttermost parts of the earth”. You will also find answers to a wide variety of questions about doctrine, life and faith.
Another thing you can find on our website is the location and contact information of our congregation nearest you—and please allow me to extend a personal invitation for you to come and meet us for yourself.
Heavenly Father, you call us to your church to save us and deliver us from ourselves, but you also call us to proclaim your glory through how we live our lives now, the embodiment of love for one another. Or at least, that’s how it should be. Perfection isn’t within our nature, Lord, but we thank you for helping us to live your ideal for ourselves and for others, even in imperfection. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach