Our story continues
Lisburn Grace Communion launched with great excitement Pentecost 2011 - one of the first GCI church plants in the UK & Ireland since the denomination's fundamental doctrinal changes.
The Radio Church of God, as it was then known, first came to Northern Ireland in 1957 as a result of a baptising tour of Britain & Ireland conducted by Herbert Armstrong and Dr Roderick Meredith. The fledgling Belfast church grew consistently until it overflowed into new congregations in Ballymena and Craigavon. By 1968, the denomination had spread globally and changed its name to the “Worldwide Church of God”.
Founder and Pastor General, Armstrong died in 1986 and, as a consequence, the church took the opportunity to re-examine its doctrines and teachings resulting in a complete reformation to Christian orthodoxy (see our Statement of Beliefs). Eventually, in 2009, the denomination decided to change its name yet again to “Grace Communion International” better reflecting its new theology.
A major change in practice has been a move from a legalistic law-based approach to a grace-based orientation to life. Our theology and conduct is now centred in Christ and rooted in the selfless love of the Triune God. We strive to be tolerant with each other, reflecting God's love, as each person grows in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Everyone is included in God's plan of salvation i.e. we must "opt out" rather than "opt in"!
Our denomination is a member of the Evangelical Alliance in the UK and similar organisations throughout the world. Lisburn Grace Communion is a member of the Northern Ireland branch of EAUK, and complies with its Basis of Faith and Relationships Commitment.
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