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Beliefs

We believe the following statement of faith to be an accurate statement of what the Bible teaches. Our foundational beliefs are the result of searching only God’s Word for truth and do not reflect any additions resulting from human conjecture. GBC believes and teaches the truth found in the Holy Bible and sifts all opinion through its’ grid to determine validity and application. What follows is the cornerstone for all we do.

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error, the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct. It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity.

God the Trinity

We believe in the one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love. He exists eternally in three coequal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption.

God the Father

The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe. He hears and answers prayer. He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Saviour.

God the Son

The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching. He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection. He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation. He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit inspired human beings to write the Bible. Through His Word, the Bible, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Saviour, and bears witness to their new birth. At regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit indwells, seals, and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society. He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies, and produces fruit of Christ-likeness in all who yield to Him.

Mankind

We believe God created men and women in His image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation. As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect. Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God. This brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation. Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God. Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him. Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator.

Salvation

We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death. It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace. Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God.

The Church

We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members. Christ-followers are commanded to be baptized following profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship6 through worship, nurture, service and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Each church is a self-governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility. The form of government is understood to be congregational.

The ordinances of the Church are communion and baptism. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It is a public act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Saviour Jesus Christ. Communion is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns.

To express unity in Christ, local churches form associations and a conference for mutual counsel, fellowship and a more effective fulfilment of Christ’s commission.

The Church and Government

We believe religious liberty, rooted in the Bible, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God. Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other. Christ-followers should pray for the civil leaders, and obey and support government in matters not contrary to the Bible. The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups, regardless of their religious preferences, consistent with the common good.

Social Action

We believe Christ-followers, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society. In a Christ-like spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they promote truth, justice and peace; they aid the needy, care for the environment and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions.

We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability.

Human Destiny

We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth. The certain hope of the Christ-follower is that Jesus Christ will return to earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise. The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all humankind there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God’s judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.

Our Mission Statement and Core Values

Our Mission Statement:

Love and Live Like Jesus

Love Like Jesus:  Loving God, Loving Others

Live Like Jesus:  Living in Sacrificial Service, Living in Obedient Faithfulness

Our Core Values:

We Value Biblical Truth

We Value Community

We Value Service