Our Tenets of Faith
"We believe in the Divine inspiration of the Bible and
endorse all the teachings contained in it."
The Bible. We believe the Bible, consisting of 66 books, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
God. We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has always been and will always be the only God. There were none before Him and shall be none after him.
The Father. We believe that the Father created all things in heaven and on earth. He created human beings out of a love for us and desires a personal relationship with each of us.
Jesus. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and as a true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven and will return to catch away His waiting Bride and execute judgment upon the ungodly.
Holy Spirit. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, making them aware of their sin and the salvation available through Jesus. He regenerates, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer to be a witness to the lost. We believe the biblical evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues.
Man. We believe that man was created in the image of God and sinless, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and subject to judgment. There is nothing man can do to save himself from this judgment, but he can accept the death of Jesus as punishment in place of his own eternal death by acknowledging God and accepting the free gift of salvation.
Salvation. We believe that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ provides the only way of justification and salvation for all who believe. Any who attach additional works of man as a requirement for salvation are false in that they infer Jesus' death is insufficient in and of itself to save and that human beings somehow have the capability to save themselves.
Sanctification We believe that sanctification is the act of God's grace whereby we are made holy, set apart and is the second definite work of grace. It is subsequent to justification.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for believers today and it is available for giving power to believers.
Great Commission We believe that the Great Commission is the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every thing we teach at GCBC is pointed in that direction. If it doesn't go there, we don' t go there.
Non-Essential Elements. We believe the above tenets make up the basis of Christian faith on which all Christians believe and agree. We have intentionally omitted any statements regarding areas of legitimate disagreement (i.e., baptism, predestination, end times) on which agreement is not essential for salvation.