What We Believe
While we don't ask those who attend or become members at GCF to take the same stance on the issues addressed below, we think it is important that you know what stance we do take before you decide to join us.
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was VERBALLY INSPIRED and the product of Spirit-controlled men and, therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true Center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21
We believe there is one and ONLY ONE LIVING AND TRUE GOD, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; INEXPRESSIBLE GLORIOUS in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelations 4:11; I John 5:7
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, BORN OF MARY, A VIRGIN, as no other man was ever or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14;
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:34; John 1:4
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a DIVINE PERSON, with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world he restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, indwells, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
John 14:16-11; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; Ephesians 5:18; John 14:26; Luke l:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Mark 1:8; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14-16, 26 ,27
We believe in the PERSONALITY OF SATAN, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of eternal justice in the lake of fire.
Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10
We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by DIRECT CREATION OF GOD and not by evolution.
Genesis 1, 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, BUT BY VOLUNTARY TRANSGRESSION FREE from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but by choice; and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the NEW BIRTH IS A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST JESUS; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; II Peter 1:4; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification:
A. That Justification includes the PARDON OF SIN, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness.
B. That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but SOLELY THROUGH FAITH in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed to us.
Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 8:1; Romans 5:19
We believe that FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.
We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by COVENANT OF FAITH AND FELLOWSHIP OF THE GOSPEL; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers and Pastors and Elders whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:17; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23, 24; Acts 15:13-18
We believe there are two church ordinances:
A. That Christian baptism is the IMMERSION OF A BELIEVER to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation.
B. That the Lord's Supper is the COMMEMORATION OF HIS DEATH until He comes and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 11:23-28
We believe that civil government is of DIVINE APPOINTMENT for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored; and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth.
Romans 13:1-7; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:20; Acts 4:19-20; Daniel 3:17-18
of The Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are eternally kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1
& the wicked
We believe that there is a RADICAL AND ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief in His sight are wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
We believe in:
A. The Bodily Resurrection
Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6
B. The Bodily Ascension
Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 12:2
C. The High Priesthood
Hebrews 8:6; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:/7; Hebrews 5:9-10
D. The Second Coming
1. The Rapture
a.) His Appearance in the Air
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 5:19; I Corinthians 5:42-44, 52;
Revelation 3:10; II Thessalonians 2
b.) Resurrection of the Righteous Dead
II Thessalonians 4:16
c.) The Change of the Living in Christ
2. The Revelation. His Appearance on this Earth
Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; Zechariah 14:4
3. The Millennial Reign
I Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:6-14; Isaiah 32:1
4. The Judgment of all Unbelievers.
Revelation 20:11-15; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21