The following "Pastors' Statement of Faith" is intended to provide an understanding of key interpretations of Scripture by the pastoral team of Gateway Church and forms the basis from which we minister in prayer, teaching, and pastoral care to all newcomers and regular attenders.
The Scripture of the Old and New Testaments are the infallible Word of God, the source and the rule of all our faith and practice. (Ps. 19:7-13, 119:89, 105, 2 Tim. 3:16) They are designed to lead us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. They are fully inspired by God, through the Holy Spirit and, therefore, serve as an authoritative guide for Christian understanding, life and ministry. (2 Tim. 3:15-17) The Scriptures are without error and therefore, are completely trustworthy. (John 10:35, 17:17, Matt. 24:35)
God is Triune. There is but on God infinite, eternal, almighty. (Deut. 6:4, 1 Cor. 8:4-6, Isa 44:6-8, 57:15, 1 John 4:8, Gen. 17:1, Ps. 145:3) In the unity of the godhead there are three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19, 1 Cor. 12:4-6, 2 Cor. 13:14) One God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the foundation of Christian faith and life. (John 14:23, 25, 15:26, 16:13-15)
God is the Creator of heaven and earth. (Gen. 1:1, Heb. 11:3, Ps. 33:9) By His Word all things were made, and through the same Word He daily sustains all His creatures. (John 1:3, 10, Col. 1:15-17, Heb.1: 2-3, Ps. 147:14-16) He made man for fellowship with Himself, and intended that all creation should live to the praise of His glory. (Rom. 11:36, Rev. 4:11)
Man – Male and Female – was created in the image and likeness of God. (Gen. 1:26-27) Through the original sin of man – Adam and Eve – mankind has fallen from God, become corrupt in his whole nature, and is totally incapable, by himself, of returning to God. (Rom. 5:12, 16, 17, Jer. 17:9, Eph. 2:1-3, John 6:44) Fallen, sinful men, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ. (John 3:3-7, Acts 4:12)
Jesus Christ the Son is fully God and fully man; the only Savior for the sins of the world. (John 1:1, 20:28, Col. 1:19, 2:9, 1 Tim. 2:5-6) He was the Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and was perfect in nature, teaching and obedience. (Acts 2:38, Tit. 3:3-7, Acts 3:19-21) He died on the cross as the sacrifice for all mankind, rose from the dead in His own glorified body, ascended into heaven, and will return in glory. (John 19:33-37, Rom. 4:24-25, 1 Cor. 15:1-3, 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Pet 2:24, 1 John 2:2, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thes. 4:16-17) He is the Head of His body, the Church, victorious over all the powers of the darkness, and now reigns at the right hand of the Father. (Col. 1:8, 2:15, Heb. 1:3-4)
Salvation, the gift of God, is provided solely by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8-9, Rom. 5:1, Acts 16:31) If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Rom. 10:9-10) There is no other name except Jesus Christ by which men may be saved. (Acts 4:12) Through His great redemptive act there is forgiveness of sin, sanctification, liberation from bondage to the world, and freedom in His Spirit. (Eph. 1:7, Gal. 6:14-15, Acts 26:18)
Water baptism by immersion, a commandment of Christ, is an essential component of the Great Commission. (Matt. 28:18-20) Immersion is an outward sign of an inward change symbolizing the believer dying to self, being raised in the newness of life and clothed with Christ as a new creation freed from sin. (Gal. 2:20, 3:27, Rom. 6:1-5)
Communion is to be a regular and sacred observance done in remembrance of Christ, proclaiming His death until He comes again. (Luke 22:19-20, 1 Cor. 11:23-26) The bread symbolizing Christ’s body and the cup symbolizing His blood are not to be taken in an unworthy or casual manner, but with thoughtful and deliberate regard for the suffering and death that Christ bore on our behalf to atone for our sin. (1 Cor. 11:27-29)
The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, unites man to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, dwells within every believer, producing in them the fruit of the Spirit, and enables them to grow to maturity in Christ. (Rom. 8:9-11, Eph. 4:14-15, John 3:5, 15:8-10, 1 Cor. 6:19 & 12:13) The Holy Spirit inspired prophets, judges, and kings in ancient times, anointed Jesus Christ for His ministry, filled the Church with power and the boldness to preach the gospel. (Acts 1:8, 1 Pet. 1:2, 10-12, 2 Pet. 1:20-21, Luke 4:1, 18-21, Acts 2:4, 4:31, Rom. 8:11, Phil. 3:21, 1 Cor. 15:51-52)
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, available to all who believe in Jesus Christ, empowers the believer for Christian witness and service. Jesus told His disciples to wait for the Promise of the Father – “…for John baptized you with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.” (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:28-29) This promise of the Father that the Holy Spirit would be sent in power was not only made to the early disciples but continues through the present day and generations to come. (Acts 2:39) The recorded biblical evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues. (Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:2-6) Additionally, scripture indicates the Holy Spirit administers gifts, individually as He wills, for the building up of the Body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12:11, 1 Pet. 4:10)
The Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is dedicated to the worship and service of God, the observance of the sacraments or ordinances of Baptism and Communion, and the practice of good works. (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:23, 26-27, 2:22; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9-10; Eph. 2:10; Tit. 2:14) The primary task of the Church in all ages is to teach all nations and to make disciples, bringing the Gospel to bear on every aspect of life and thought. (Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 10:4-5)
The second coming includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. (1 Thes. 4:13-17; Rev. 1:7; Acts 1:11; Rev. 20:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 21:1-4) As a result, Satan with his hosts and all who are outside Christ are finally separated from the presence of God, suffering eternal punishment. (Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:47-48; 2 Thes. 1:7-10) All who have been redeemed by Christ from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light will be in the presence of God forever, giving Him unending praise and glory. (Rev. 21:1-4)
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