GBC CORE BELIEFS
A complete Doctrinal
Statement is available from the church upon request.
The following Core Beliefs
are condensed from our doctrinal statement:
Every word of the original writings is inspired by God and is without
God. God is One, existing
eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Mankind. Man was created in the image
of God, but in Adam fell into sin, with the result that all humans are sinners
and cannot, by their own goodness, merit eternal life.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God,
the Second Person, Who became incarnate through the conception by the Holy
Spirit in the virgin Mary; and Who, in His incarnate Person, is fully God and
the eternal Third Person of the Godhead, who regenerates, indwells, baptizes and
seals all believers in Christ, and Who empowers all believers who live under
Salvation is received by faith alone
in Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins and rose again.
Sanctification. Every true believer is
holy, or sanctified, in Christ. This is called positional
sanctification. The believer's earthly life is progressively made holy,
conformed to the image of Christ, through faith and power of the Holy
Salvation. All who are born of the Spirit through
faith in Christ are eternally secure, because their salvation does not depend
upon them, but wholly on the finished work of Christ.
the Body of Christ, and exists universally as an elect company of believers who
are baptized by the holy spirit into union with Christ. The church exists
locally as a body of believers who voluntarily meet to worship God, glorify
Christ, evangelize the unsaved, and build up one another through the power of
the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual Gifts are given to every believer
by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of serving the Body of Christ.
meant to be a life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy
The Ordinances of the
baptism in water and the Lord's Supper.
Angels are spiritual beings,
created before mankind. Some of the angels rebelled against God under the
leadership of Lucifer, who was one of the archangels. The majority of the
angels stood firm in obedience to God and now serve Him by serving His
people. When people die, they do not become angels.
Dispensations are stewardships of time
through which God progressively revealed His Word and Plan for mankind.
The present dispensation is called The Age of Grace.
Return. The blessed hope of the Christian is the imminent
return of the Lord for His church, and the consummation of the age according to
the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments. The Lord's return for His
church will be followed by a seven-year period called the Great Tribulation,
after which Christ will return to earth to establish His rule over mankind for a
period of one-thousand years. Time as we know it will then end; a new
universe will be created, eternally inhabited by the people of God. Those
who have been saved through faith in Christ will live with Him in the new heaven
and the new universe. Those who refuse to accept his salvation will be
consigned to an eternity of darkness and conscious death, without