At Gateway Church, we believe that the Bible is from God and that the Bible is true.
According to the Bible, the following are affirmations we hold:
The Authority and Power of the Bible
We believe the entire Bible to be the inspired, infallible Word of God, the revelation of God’s will for man and the divine and final authority for the Christian life.
We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, who is revealed in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We acknowledge Jesus Christ as true God and true man — conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, crucified, and resurrected — our High Priest and Advocate now seated at the right hand of God the Father.
We are the pinnacle of God’s creation, created in the likeness of God. We have rebelled against God through sin and separated ourselves from the glory of God; we are in need of redemption and restoration to the intended likeness we were created in that has been distorted by sin.
We believe in personal salvation and forgiveness of sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, acknowledging every person’s need for the grace and mercy of God.
We believe in the eventual resurrection of the dead, the eternal happiness of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost.
Man was created for eternal existence. There will be just punishment and reward. For those who are in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation, and they will spend eternity in the presence of God i.e. the new Heaven and the new earth. Those who reject Jesus will be separated from Him by their sin in a real place of eternal conscious punishment called Hell.
Matthew 25:41, Matthew 25:46, Revelation 14:9-11; Matthew 24:44, John 14:3, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Hebrews 9:28, Revelation 22:20; Romans 14:10- 12, Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 2:5-8, 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:34, Romans 8:1, 2 Peter 3:13
We baptize in water all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ and who desire to publicly identify with Him, in accordance with the Bible’s command.
Call to Holiness
We believe holiness to be the standard of living for God's people.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is a promise from the Father for every believer and is distinct and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. We support the manifestations of the Holy Spirit: miracles, healing, speaking in tongues, etc; as the Holy Spirit deems fit.
The Lord's Supper
We serve the Lord’s Supper and, according to Scripture, remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and celebrate His resurrection power.
The Second Coming
We believe in the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that His appearance will be accompanied by a bodily resurrection of those who have died in Christ.
God's Plan for you!
We believe in God’s terrific plan for each of His followers to honor God and help people.
The church is the community of followers of Jesus Christ. The church is the body of Christ of which Jesus is the head, set on the mission given by Jesus to make disciples and spread the love of Christ. All true followers of Jesus should take an active part in the body of a local church to worship God, to know God more intimately, pray, to make disciples of Jesus, serve, for encouragement, and to be nurtured in order to grow to maturity in faith. We believe in accountability, the church being a family and constant fellowship among believers.
Ephesians 5:23; Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 1:12, Ephesians 5:16-20; Psalm 9:10, Jeremiah 9:24, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Philippians 3:10, Colossians 1:9-10; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 20:26-28, Luke 6:35-36; Acts 14:21-22, 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 4:12-13, Colossians 1:28, Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Sanctity of Life
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, children who are orphaned, those who experience physical or mental challenges, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.