STATEMENT OF FAITH
statement of faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
Exodus 20:1; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; I Cor. 2:10-13; Luke 24:27, 44-45; Revelation 22:18-19
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Psalm 2:6-9, Matthew 28:19-20; II Cor. 13:114; I Cor. 12:4-6; Matthew 3:16-17; John 14:16
We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 1:1-5, 14, 34; John 5:1-47; John 6:69; Matthew 1:20-23; Luke 1:31-33; Romans 1:3-4; Eph 1:20-23; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 1:13-19; Isaiah 9:6-7
We believe in His virgin birth.
Isaiah 7:14; Matt 1:23 We believe in His sinless life. Hebrews 1:9; Heb. 7:26 We believe in His bodily resurrection. I Cor. 15:20-23; John 20: 24-27
We believe in His ascension to the right hand of the Father.
Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11; Eph 1:20- 21; Heb. 12:2
We believe in His personal return in power and glory.
John 14:1-7; I Thess. 1:7-10; Matthew 25:31; I John 3:2; Acts 1:11; Rev. l7; Rev. 19-11-16; Rev. 20:6; Daniel 7
We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.
John 3:5, 14-17; John 5:24; II Cor. 5:17; Romans 6:23; Eph 2:8-9
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
John 16:7-15; I Cor. 6:19-20; Gal. 5:16-18; Eph. 1:13-115; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 12:13
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; and those that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
Job 19:25-27; Daniel 12:2; I Cor. 6:14; John 5:29; John 11:25; Romans 6:5; I Peter 1:3; Rev. 20:4-6
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph. 2:19-22; Eph. 4:3- 6; 11-13, 15, 16
We believe in the assurance of eternal salvation and security of all who have been born again by faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. John 10:27-28; Eph. 4:30; Romans 8:35-39; Phil. 1:6; II Tim. 1:12; Eph. 1:13-14; II Timothy 4:8; I Peter l:3-5; Hebrews 7:25; I John 5:13
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26- 27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Gateway Christian’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elder Board is the final interpretive authority on the bible’s meaning and application.
It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
1. God the Father
God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
2. The Son
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him, all things were made. For man's redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures - God and man - in one person.
3. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord, and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God and that its authority is ultimate, final and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
Christ's vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as personal Savior. Healing - body, soul and spirit - and all of God's provisions for His saints are provided for in the atonement, but these must be appropriated.
The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is affected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification) and personal acceptance of Him into one's life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God's beloved Son. Salvation is an act of free will in response to God's personal love for mankind. It is predestined only in the sense that God, through His omniscience, foreknew those who would choose Him. It is secure in the eternal, unchanging commitment of God who does not lie and is forever the same. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior.
We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God's provision for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still progressing sanctification of the saints. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests, and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.
The Goal of the church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. We believe in the five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. This is for the equipping of the saints to do the work of ministry so the Body of Christ is built up.
BAPTISM & THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Word of God enjoins on the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first baptism is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual's life and is a testimony that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is affected in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him. Both institutions are restricted to those who are believers.
We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints millennium and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saved and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.
EQUIPPING THE CHURCH
We believe that Gateway Church international must always be a place for equipping those that join themselves to us. This equipping can be seen every Week with our infant and toddler ministry and continues on through our children and youth ministries. Gateway Christian School's sole purpose is to equip its students to be mighty warriors for the kingdom of God. Now, more than ever, we must equip our families, parents, young adults, and singles and married ones to reflect the image of Jesus into a dark world. We offer classes and discipleship groups to equip you. We do not just go through the motions to perform a "religious ceremony" like baby dedication, water baptism, or even marriage. No, we are committed to the sanctity of these events and only offer these ceremonies to members who are in agreement with the corresponding guidelines for each. We make room for apostolic and prophetic ministry in our church. We realize that these giftings are foundational for where God is taking us. We are in agreement with Ephesians 4 that says we have been given apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelist to equip you "the church" for the works of the ministry.