What We Believe

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

II Timothy 3:16-17

 

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GVBC Believes In…

1. The Scripture

We believe that all Scripture of the Old and New Testaments is verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings; and that it is of supreme and final authority in faith and life. The Scripture is given to man that he might know God, and that he might know God’s will for man. (2 Timothy 3: 16,17; 2 Peter 1:21)

2. The Godhead

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of the same confidence and obedience. Matthew 28:18,19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

3. The Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He came to reveal God to mankind and to redeem our sinful race by giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin. He then arose bodily from the dead and ascended to the Father’s right hand, where He intercedes on the believer’s behalf. (John 1:1-12, 14, 18; Luke 1:34,35; Romans 3:24-26; 8:34)

4. Man Created & Fallen

We believe man’s purpose is to glorify God. Man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, but fell because of sin, and as a consequence was separated from God. Therefore man in his natural state is condemned to an eternal death. (Genesis 1:26; 3:1-24; Romans 6:23)

5. Salvation

We believe that man may have salvation from the guilt and penalty of sin through personal trust in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for man’s sin. Through faith alone in Jesus Christ, man is born again, receives a new nature, and has the promise of eternal life. Salvation cannot come through works, but only through the grace of God. We believe that at death the souls of believers pass immediately into the presence of Christ; the souls of unbelievers pass immediately into torment to be separated from God forever. (1 Peter 2:24; John 3:3,16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Corinthians 5:8: Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9;  Revelation  20: 11-15)

6. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person of the Trinity who convicts the world of sin, gives eternal life to those who place their trust in Christ, unites all believers in one body, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, fills (controls) those who are yielding to Him, and empowers and gifts them for service. He seeks to direct their attention not to themselves nor to their experience, but to Christ. (John 3:5-8; 14:16,17; 16:7-14;  1 Corinthians 12:13; ; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; Acts 1:8)

7. Eternal Security & Assurance of the Believer

We believe that those who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation have the promise of eternal life as a permanent possession. It is the privilege of the believer to have a present and continuing assurance that he possesses salvation, and this salvation can never be lost or forfeited. (John 5:24; 10:28-30; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 5:11-13)

8. Satan & Sin

We believe that Satan is a created being and that he fell to his present state because of sin. He has been judged and defeated through the death and resurrection of Christ and will be eternally punished in the lake of fire. He is the author of sin. Sin is anything contrary to or falling short of the glory of God. We recognize that Christians are in a spiritual warfare against Satan and his forces. Though he is a defeated foe, the Christian can have victory in his daily battle only by the enabling of the Holy Spirit. Satan’s desire is to oppress believers and prevent the salvation of unbelievers. (Isaiah 14: 12-17; Genesis 3:1-19; John 8:44;12:31; Revelation 20:10; I John 5:17; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:11-22)

9. The Church

We believe that all who have placed their faith in Christ are united by the Holy Spirit into one spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the Head. This body was formed on the day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own. The members of this one spiritual body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies for instruction, worship, prayer, fellowship, service, and the administration of the ordinances — baptism and the Lord’s Supper. They are likewise to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2: 42-47;  Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 4:3)

10. The Return of Christ

We believe in the imminent, personal return of Jesus Christ. He will descend from heaven to receive to Himself both His own who are alive and remain until His coming, and all who have died in Jesus. This event is the blessed hope set before us in Scripture; for this we should be constantly looking because no man knows the time of His coming. (John 14: 1-3: I Corinthians 15: 51,52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.)

11. The Christian Walk

We believe that the Christian is commanded in the Word of God to live a godly life in the world, but not of it. This can only be accomplished by living in dependence upon the Holy Spirit so as to reveal the fruit of the Spirit. The life of the believer should be fruitful in spiritual service and lived for the glory of God. (Romans 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:18-19; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; Galatians 5:16-24; John 15:1-8; Romans 12:1-2)

12. Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for service. Every believer is equipped with spiritual gifts to be exercised “for the edification of the church” and for the glory of the Lord. While we recognize differences of opinion regarding the present-day role of sign gifts, it is not our emphasis or practice to promote their public exercise. (I Corinthians 14:12; 1 Peter 4:10,11; Romans 12: 8-12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16)

13. Baptism

This church will practice believers’ baptism by immersion, but recognizes other forms of baptism for membership. (Acts 2:38-41; Matthew 28:18-20)

14. Gender & Marriage

We hold the belief that every human life is sacred and originates from God, bearing His image. Thus, we affirm the immeasurable value of human life at all stages, from the pre-born to the elderly, from those with physical or mental challenges to every other condition, from conception until natural death. Our duty is to uphold, protect, and cherish all human life, as outlined in Psalm 139.

Additionally, we affirm that God, in His wonderful and unchanging creativity, creates each individual as distinctly male or female. These complementary genders together reflect the image and essence of God, as expressed in Genesis 1:26-28 and Psalm 139. Rejecting one’s biological sex is tantamount to rejecting the inherent image of God within oneself.

In our interactions, we are guided by principles of compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity, as instructed in Mark 12:28-31 and Luke 6:31. Any form of hateful or harassing behavior towards individuals is condemned and contradicts both biblical teachings and the values of GVBC.

Furthermore, we affirm God’s design for marriage as the exclusive union between one man and one woman, with intimate sexual relations reserved solely for this covenant relationship. This understanding is rooted in Genesis 2:18-25, and therefore GVBC acknowledges and solemnizes marriages only between a biological man and a biological woman. Our facilities and property are likewise reserved for weddings between one man and one woman.

Finally, we believe that all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and pornography, are considered sinful and offensive to God, as stated in Matthew 15:18-20 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.