Our 21 Articles of Faith that outline some specifics on what we believe: as of 12/04/17
The Twenty-one (21) Articles of Faith that outline some specifics on what we as GCMBC believe:
1. Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. The Scriptures reveal the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. It is without error and should be taken literally until it can no longer be taken literally (e.g. if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off).
2. The One True God. We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah (the self-existing One), the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven, earth, and the entire Cosmos.
3. The Fall of Man. We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state.
4. The Way of Salvation. We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is entirely of grace.
5. Justification. We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness.
6. The Freeness of Salvation. We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel.
7. Regeneration. We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved; sinners must be regenerated, or born again.
8. Repentance and Faith. We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God.
9. God’s Purpose of Grace. We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners.
10. Sanctification. We believe the Scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness.
11. Perseverance of Saints. We believe the Scriptures teach such that real believers endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark, which distinguishes them from superficial “partial believing persons” or professors.
12. The Law and Gospel. We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just, and good.
13. A Gospel Church. We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel.
14. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
15. Marriage. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is that between a man and a woman, in accordance with God’s Word in Genesis 2:22-24 and Romans 1:24-26.
16. The Christian Sabbath. We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week (i.e. Sunday) is the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath. The Christian Sabbath is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remained for the people of God.
17. The Righteous and Wicked. We believe the Scriptures teach 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, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
18. The World to Come. We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
19. Civil Government and Authorities. We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society. (1) Government and magistrates are to be prayed for,
(2) conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. (3) We believe Jesus is the only Lord of the conscience and the King of the kings of the earth.
20. Gender and sexual formation. We believe a person’s gender is sacred as ordained by God in the book of Genesis, and must not be modified, adjusted, and/or tampered with for any reason. Nor should sexual orientation for the same gender be an encouraged, promoted, or encouraged at any time, for any reason.
21. Court and Pursuits of Lawsuits. In accordance to 1Corinthians 6:1-8, We believe that Christians should not take each other to court over church matters. We believe that Christians should not take each other to court over civil matters. By all means, legal matters should be resolved without legal court proceedings, and lawsuits avoided. We believe that Christians should not take non-Christians to court over civil matters if it can be avoided. However, in some instances, such as the protection of our own rights as in the example of the apostle Paul in Acts 21 and 22; it may be appropriate to pursue a legal solution.