About Us

Grace Community – Carina We are a Christ-centred fellowship worshipping our loving God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Through Jesus’ incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension to the Father’s throne in heaven, we believe in the reconciliation of all humanity to the Father, and through Jesus, we are all embraced in the communion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We desire to live and share this good news of God’s love for all.
Time and location of services: 10 am Sunday, Carina Senior Citizens Centre,
1 Edmond Street, Carina Qld

We also have congregations in the following areas:

Ipswich; Gold Coast; Toowoomba; Warwick; Caboolture; Caloundra;

Goodna – our Congolese community meets every Sunday with the service in Swahili and English.

Additional services are in Eagleby, Bowen, and small groups in other locations.

Our Goal, Mission and Ministries

Goal: To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the message that God is reconciling the world to himself and offering forgiveness of sin and eternal life through Jesus Christ. This is a goal Christians everywhere share.

Mission: “Living and Sharing the Gospel”

We are committed to living and sharing the good news of what God has done through Jesus Christ. The church seeks to fulfill this mission by:

– Building healthy, Christ-centered congregations that are sanctuaries of worship, friendship, and nurturing pastoral care.

– Providing sound biblical teaching through congregations, media, and personal outreach in relevant, meaningful forms for people of diverse backgrounds and ages.

– Expressing the love of God to all through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

– Equipping people for Christian service so that the gospel can be known, understood, and experienced.

– Sharing in the work of the gospel with the broader Christian community, acknowledging that we can learn from one another and that Christ’s love goes beyond denominational boundaries.

Our identity

GCI’s churches and members strive to live out the following values while modelling healthy relationships that disciple and multiply believers all across the globe.

Inclusive

We are physically inclusive. That inclusivity means we are visibly diverse, open and welcoming.

Passionate

We are emotionally passionate. We push ourselves to be emotionally courageous, convinced and to grow deeper in understanding.

Intentional

We are intellectually intentional. That intention can be seen in the way we thoughtfully engage our faith and how we place value on the education of our clergy.

Loving

We are socially loving and express this as hopefulness, graciousness, and as an over-flowing toward others.

Genuine

We are spiritually generous and strive to remain stable, honest, and humble as we engage with the communities that surround us.

These values are the foundational principles upon which we base our spiritual lives and pursue our mission to live and share the gospel. Those values are expressed in the following areas of emphasis:

We emphasize our identity in Christ

As Christians, we’ve been given a new identity in Jesus Christ. As his followers, we have been given everything we need in him. Jesus promised he will never forsake or leave us.

We emphasize bringing glory to the name of Christ

Jesus, who died for us and loves us, calls us to glorify him in every part of our life’s experience. Knowing we are secure in his love, we are a people committed to glorify him in all our relationships and activities. Whatever opportunities, challenges or crises we face, we are forever committed to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ.

We emphasize sound biblical doctrine

We believe that the essential doctrines of historic Christianity are those upon which Christian faith is based and which have been generally agreed upon in the experience of the Christian church. We believe that doctrinal disagreement on peripheral matters, while inevitable, should not be allowed to foster division within the body of Christ.

We emphasize missional living

Paul wrote: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). People enter God’s kingdom by responding to the gospel. Today, in GCI, by the grace of God, the kingdom is advancing. People are accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior and King. They are repenting – turning to Jesus and joining him in building his eternal kingdom.

We emphasize the present and active work of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit leads and enables Christians to live a godly and obedient life in the power of Jesus’ resurrection. The Spirit gifts believers to join in the active work of the church. Every Christian can help in significant ways, according to the gifts provided by the Holy Spirit, to advance the kingdom of God. The Lord calls his people into church fellowships so they are able to work together, with and for each other (Ephesians 4:16). Every Christian is called to make a difference for the kingdom of God in the name of Jesus Christ.

We emphasize the communion of Church life

The Church was founded by Jesus and he remains the active living head of the church. United with Christ we are united with one another. In GCI we heed the encouragement of Hebrews to continue to assemble and share in the intersection of our lives.

We emphasize the priesthood of believers

Peter wrote: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). All members — men, women and children — are ministers of the grace of God. In other words, ordained career ministers are not the only ministers — rather, they are called to leadership for the specific purposes of preaching and teaching the Word of God and for the administration of equipping all members for Christian leadership and works of ministry.

We emphasize heartfelt worship

Because we are created to bring glory to God, we believe in praise that is culturally sensitive and relevant. We strive to worship God through a variety of meaningful worship styles and occasions, blending traditional and contemporary in ways that bring glory to the name of the Lord.

We emphasize prayer

Prayer is an essential part of the believer’s life in Christ and is an important part of both public and private worship. We believe that prayer leads to God’s intervention in our lives.

We emphasize stewardship

God’s people are stewards of his gifts, including our resources of time, energy and finances. He calls us to share generously what he gives us to further the gospel and serve others, just as he has been generous in his grace toward us. Many members practice tithing and giving of offerings as a form of Christian stewardship and worship.

The Great Commission

May 1, 2012

As followers of Jesus, you and I are privileged to participate in what he is doing through the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Father’s mission to save a “lost” humanity. This is often called The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

This Great Commission is often seen as a call to work for Jesus, by reaching out to as many people as possible and saving them for him. But that explanation is not quite right, and it can cause us to make a serious mistake in our approach to evangelism. It can mislead us to build relationships only for the purpose of “winning people for Christ.” If we approach evangelism like this we risk thinking of our fellow human beings as trophies to be won or lost in the battle for truth. It might work sometimes, but more often people resist such a contrived approach. Through his birth, life, death and resurrection, Jesus saved the human race.

The Great Commission, is the call to work with Jesus as he shares God’s love and life with all people, so they may understand that they are included in God’s master plan of salvation. What is the most challenging missionary opportunity you can think of? Perhaps it would be to take the gospel to a remote tribe who has had no previous contact with civilization. Believe it or not, it is still possible to find people groups like this. For example, Brazil’s department of Indian affairs believes there are more than fifty uncontacted tribes living deep in the rain forests along the border of Brazil and Peru. These isolated people have no idea that the territory they live in is a part of Brazil. They have never heard of Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Sao Paulo or the other major cities. They have no concept of being citizens of a powerful and influential nation with a growing economy. Tribes like this often give themselves a name that simply means “the People.” With their limited perspective, that is the only identity they need. The only environment they know is the rain forest, and they regard anything beyond as a threat and will attempt to attack anything or anyone from the outside that tries to enter. But, as illegal logging operations relentlessly destroy their habitat, they have retreated deeper into the wilderness. Those who want to bring them the benefits of modern medicine and education must be very careful. Historically, as civilization catches up with isolated tribes, it destroys them. Sometimes it occurs deliberately, by systematic genocide and slavery, other times occurring unintentionally, as their way of life becomes degraded by alcohol and drugs. Even well-intentioned missionaries have exposed those they wanted to save to diseases for which they have no immunity.

If we are to help “the  People” we must move carefully and wisely, especially if their experience has taught them to regard our world as a threat. But what a privilege it would be to widen their horizons, and perhaps open their minds to understand their identity as sons and daughters of the Creator and Redeemer God of the universe. However, that is not an opportunity most of us will ever have. Or perhaps it is. You see, you don’t have to go to the rain forest to find people who do not understand their true identity as human beings made in the image of God. There are “uncontacted” people all around you. To find them may not be as difficult or as dangerous as travelling to Amazonia, but reaching them may be just as challenging. Their past experiences with evangelism may have left them deeply suspicious of Christianity, or even turned them against it.

Jesus warned us that the Great Commission would not be easy. He himself met strong opposition from those you would have thought would have been the first to welcome him. John’s Gospel tells us “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:11 NIV). The religious leaders saw Jesus as a threat. So, like the tribesmen along the border of Brazil, they tried to destroy him. Jesus’ message of forgiveness for all brought a new covenant between God and humankind.

This new covenant undermined the religious leaders’ belief that they were a part of an exclusive religious “in crowd.” So, what should have been regarded as good news was seen as a threat. However, John goes on to tell us, “to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God”(John 1:12-13 NIV). These disciples were the first to be given the Great Commission. They did not think of themselves as an exclusive “in crowd,” but the first fruits of a much greater harvest that included the whole human race. They had a responsibility to join in the work of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to spread the good news to all who would listen “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NIV).

And so it is to this day. Most of the human race has no idea of their real, God-given identity. One of the great tenets of Trinitarian theology is the knowledge that Jesus, by becoming one of us, has opened up the way for all of us to become all that God intended us to be. When we understand this, it alters the way we regard everyone we meet. It is no longer “us” and “them.” Rather, it should encourage us to see our own life as a mission opportunity. Not as an enterprise to “seal the deal,” but perhaps to help someone get a glimpse of life in the gospel.

You just never know, something you do might make the difference. But we can always make some difference in offering simple gestures of kindness and grace! That is why we are encouraged to “Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives” (1 Peter 2:12 The Message). Through our local congregation we can reach out. And through our national and worldwide church, we can reach even farther. I marvel at the opportunities our denomination has to share in the Son and Spirit’s mission from the Father, taking the Lord’s message of salvation to the ends of the earth. Thank you for your continued encouragement, your prayers and your financial support.

With love in Jesus’ name, Joseph Tkach