Gateway Community Ministries

Statement of Faith

 

The Scriptures

We believe "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3:16).  We understand this to mean the whole Bible is inspired, in that holy men of God "were guided by the Holy Spirit" 2 Peter 1:21) to write the very words of God.  We believe this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of Scripture as it appeared in the original manuscripts.  We believe the whole Bible, in it's originals, is without error.  We believe the entire Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work, in His first and second coming, and hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read or understood until it leads to Him.  We also believe all Scripture was designed for our practical instruction (Luke 24:27,44; JOHN 5:39; Romans 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16)

 

The Triune Godhead

 We believe in the one true and living God, the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and Ruler of all things.  He is eternal, infinite and unchangeable; and is revealed to us as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Father: God, as Father, reigns over His entire universe with providential care.  He is all knowing, all loving, all-powerful, and all wise.  He is Father to those who have become children of God through Jesus Christ, who will deliver them into the Father's hands (Gen. 1:1; 1 Chron. 29:10; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 6:9; Acts 1:7; Rom. 8:14, 15; 1 Cor. 8:6,15:24; Eph. 4:6).

The Son: We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  He became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man.  This redemption He accomplished by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless, substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God'righteous judgment against sin.  Jesus substantiated the fulfillment of that redemption and justification by His bodily resurrection from the grave.  He ascended to the right hand of His Father, where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust in Him (Luke 1:34,35; John 1:1,2,14,18; Rom. 3:24-26; Rom. 8:34).

The Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine; a Person who convicts the world of sin and judgment.  He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead.  He baptizes (or places) all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ.  He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of final redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and fills (controls) those who are yielding to Him.  Every believer is called to life so in power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but bear fruit to the glory of God.  We believe that, in the present ministry, the Holy Spirit is indwelling the Christian enabling him to live a godly life.  We further believe His power and gifts are available to believers today (John 3:3-8; 14:16,17; 16:7-11; 1 Cor. 12:7-11,13; Eph. 4:30; 5:18).

Creation

We believe man was created directly by and in the image of God.  We believe God created the heavens and earth, including all life, by direct act (Gen. 1:1; John 1:3; Col. 1:16,17).  Man fell into sin and is lost.  This is true of all men, and except a man be born again by the Holy Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God (Mat. 4:1-3; Acts 5:3; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).

Satan

We believe Satan is a fallen angel, the author of sin, the reason for fallen man and is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Mat. 4:1-3; Acts 5:3; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).

Atonement for Sin

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe on Him are redeemed by His shed blood.  We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ and in His ascension into heaven.  He is our High Priest and Advocate (John 1:1-3, 14 3: 1-7; Heb. 10:4-14; 1 John 2:2).

Salvation

We believe salvation is the gift of God's grace.  It cannot be gained or made more secure by meritorious works, but is freely bestowed upon all that put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary.  All who trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (John 1:12; Acts 16: 30-33; Rom. 10:9,10; Eph. 1:7; 2:8,9).

The Christian Walk

We believe we are called, with a holy calling, to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.  We are to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so as not to fulfill the lust of the flesh.  The flesh is never eradicated in this life.  The individual chooses to keep the flesh in subjection of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives to the dishonor of our Lord (Rom. 6:11-13; 8:2,4,12,13; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).

The Great Commission

 Until the return of Christ, it is the Christian's duty and privilege to seek the fulfillment of Christ's Great Commission and to minister in His name to a needy world.  We are to be instruments of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit ministers redemption and reconciliation in the world (Mat. 25:31-46; 28:18-20).

Ordinances of Church

We believe it is important to uphold the Scriptural practices of the early church.  Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism and the regular taking of communion.  We do not believe either of these practices is essential for salvation, but they serve as a demonstration of our living obedience in our faith in Jesus Christ.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is in addition to the aspect of Salvation.  We believe this can occur at the same time of salvation, but can also be obtained at a later date (Acts 1:8; 2:8. 19).  We do not believe this baptism is necessary for salvation.  We believe that outward evidences are, but not limited to: speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4), prophesy (Acts 2:17; Rom. 12:6), Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom, Discerning of Spirits, interpretation of tongues (1 Cor. 12:7-11).