GLADEVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH

  1. The Bible’s Doctrine. 
    1. We believe in the Bible as the Word of God, verbal and fully inspired, as it is contained in the original manuscripts; that all portions of the Scriptures are equally inspired and contain no contradiction; that the Scriptures should be the only rule of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ, and that the canon, the sixty-six books of the Bible, is complete. Nothing will be added, or nothing will be removed from it. (II Timothy 3: 16,17, Hebrews 1: 11, II Peter 1: 20,21, Revelation 22: 18,19).
  2. Doctrine of the Deity. 
    1. We believe in a God, which eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, coeternal in existence, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and who have the same attributes and perfections. However, each person executes a different but at the same time harmonious funtion in the great work of redemption, (Genesis 1: 1,26, Deuteronomy 6: 4, Matthew 28:19, John 1: 1, 10:30, II Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:19).
  3. Doctrine of Jesus Christ.
    1. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, in order to reveal God and redeem sinful man. (John 1: 2,14, Luke 1:35, I Peter 2:22, Acts 4:12.)
    2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ consummated our redemption through His death on the Cross as a representative sacrifice, vicarious and substitutional; and that our justification is assured by His literal and physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3: 24,25, I Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1: 7, I Peter 1: 3-5).
    3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and that He has been exalted to the right hand of God the Father, where, as our High Priest, He is performing His ministry as Representative, Intercessor and Advocate and that His returns for the church is imminent. (Acts 1: 9 – 11, Hebrews 9: 24, Romans 8: 34, I John 1: 2, Revelation 22: 30.)
  4. Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
    1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is a person who convinces the world of sin, justice and judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers in the body of Christ, dwelling within each believer and sealing it until the day of redemption (never to leave but to be with us forever.)
    2. He is the Divine Master who guides believers to the whole truth; and it is the privilege and responsibility of all the saved to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be controlled by Him. (John 3: 3-5; 14:16; 16: 7-13; I Corinthians 12: 12-14; Romans 8:10, Ephesians 1: 13,14, 5: 8).
  5. Doctrine of Man. 
    1. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of Adam’s sin the whole race has fallen and inherited a sinful nature, and consequently, a death not only physical but also spiritual. Which consists of a separation from God, conscious and eternal; that man is totally depraved and that by himself he is totally incapable of remedying his lost condition. (Genesis 1: 26,27, Romans 3:10 – 23, Ephesians 1-3, 12, Romans 5:12, Revelation 21: 8).
  6. Doctrine of Salvation.
    1. The Penalty of Sin.
      1. We believe that salvation is a gift from God, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. We cannot compensate for our sins or be forgiven through our good works. We believe that all the redeemed, once they are saved, are preserved or maintained by the power of God and therefore, are insured in Christ forever.(John 6: 37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8: 1,38,39;I Corinthians 14: 4-8.)
      2. We believe that it is a privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of the Word of God, which, in any way, very clearly prohibits the use of Christian freedom as an occasion for unbelief and immorality . (Romans 13: 13,14, Galatians 5:13, Titus 2: 11-15, Hebrews 3: 12,13, 6: 9, Ephesians 2: 8,9, John 1:12, I Peter 1: 18,19 II Corinthians 5:21, Titus 3: 5).
  7. Doctrine of the Church.
    1. The Church in Heaven
      1. We believe that it consists of all the believers reborn from the cross to the present, who have physically died and are now present in spirit before the Lord, awaiting the resurrection of their bodies in the rapture, when they will be reunited with the church on earth. . (Acts 7:59, II Corinthians 5: 7-9, I Thessalonians 4: 13-18).
    2. The Church on Earth
      1. Universal – We believe that the church, which is the body of the bride-bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all reborn persons. (Ephesians 1: 11,23; 5: 25-27; I Corinthians 12: 12-14; 10: 4; Matthew 16:18; John 17:20).
      2. Local – We believe that the local church is:
        1. Composed of a local group of believers, which are autonomous, self-governing and have no ecclesiastical organization as authority over them.
        2. Composed of believers who are baptized by immersion.
        3. Composed of believers who are organized. They have pastors, deacons, and other    leaders as officers, to whom God has given special gifts to render them as a ministry to the church.
        4. Composed of believers who meet regularly for participation, worship and Bible study.
        5. Composed of believers who observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
        6. Composed of believers who carry out the Great Commission. (I Corinthians 12:13, Acts 2, I Thessalonians 4: 14-18, I Corinthians 16:19, Acts 2: 41-47, I Corinthians 12, Hebrews 10:25, I Corinthians 11: 23,24, Matthew 28: 18-20).
  8. Doctrine of Satan and the fallen angels.
    1. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of man’s fall. He who was created perfect but sinned and became the number one enemy of God and His Creation. He is the main adversary of the children of God and seeks to prevent man from reaching God. When he cannot do this, he seeks to weaken the testimony of Christians. He has at his disposal a great army of fallen angels and demons to carry out his purposes. He is not omnipotent and can be overcome by the power of God. Its ruin is sealed in the Lake of Fire for centuries. (Job 1: 6,7, Matthew 4: 2-11, Ezekiel: 12-19, Isaiah: 12-17, Revelation: 10, 20:10).
  9. Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ.
    1. We believe in the “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed, and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thessalonians 4 : 13-18, Zechariah 14: 4-11, Revelation 19: 11-16, 20: 1-6).
  10. Doctrine of Separation.
    1. We believe that all saved should live in such a way that they do not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that the separation of all religious apostasy, and of all worldly pleasures, practices and associations, is ordained by God. (II Timothy 3: 1-5, II John 8:11, I John 2: 15-17, II Corinthians 6: 14, 7:11).
  11. Doctrine of Morality
    1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity can be engaged in outside of marriage between one naturally born-man and one naturally born-woman.
    2. We believe that any form of immorality are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24 Gen 19: 5,13; Gen. 26: 8- 9 ; Lev.19: 1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; I Cor. 5: 6-9; I Tess. 4: 1-8; Heb. 13:4.)
    3. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably create each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.(Gen 1:26-27)
    4. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one naturally born-man and one naturally born-woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
  12. Doctrine of the Christian Practice.
    1. We believe that Christians should live a holy life, separate from the world, and keep a testimony consistent with the New Testament.
    2. The Gladeview Church believes that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we should all walk together in Christian love, striving for the progress of this church in knowledge, holiness and devotion; promote the prosperity and spirituality of this church, defend its worship, ordinances, disciplines and doctrines, contribute cheerfully and regularly support the church with our tithes and offerings for the ministry to be sustained. The expenses paid, the poor are helped, and the Gospel propagated by all nations.
    3. This church invites all its members to maintain family and personal devotions; that they raise their children in the knowledge of the Word and in the fear of God; to seek the salvation of their relatives and friends; to walk wisely in the world; to be fair in their conduct, faithful in their obligations and exemplary in their procedures; to be zealous in their efforts to win souls for Christ; to avoid all kinds of gossip, detraction and excessive anger; to refrain from the sale and use of intoxicant drinks and the indecorous sale and use of narcotics.
    4. In addition, we encourage each member to show brotherly love towards the other members; to remember one another in prayer; to help each other in illness and affliction; to cultivate Christian sympathy of feeling and grace in speaking; to be slow to be offended, but always ready for reconciliation and to always be careful of the rules of our Savior.
    5. If the will of God directs a member to move out of this area, we invite you as soon as possible to join another church of the same faith and practice, in order to continue living a Christian testimony according to the principles of the Word of God. (Romans 12-14, Colossians 3, Ephesians 4 – 6, Galatians 5-6).
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