WHAT WE BELIEVE

These statements explain what the covenant partners of Gospel City Church confess as truth. These beliefs are foundational to all our nurturing, teaching, preaching, praying, disciplining and equipping. Gospel City Church’s covenant partners affirm and believe the following core beliefs.

Statement of Core Beliefs

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. In the Scriptures, we see the overarching themes of God’s mission, sovereignty, power and provision to reconcile mankind and the created world to Himself through the person and work of Jesus Christ. For this reason, we aim to be explicitly gospel-centered in all that we preach, teach and practice.

The covenant partners of Gospel City Church believe:

The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is entirely true, totally sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith.

(Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

There is only one true and living God who is the Creator of heaven and earth. He exists eternally in three Persons –Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 110:1; Isaiah 45:5-6; 46:9-10; Matthew 3:13-17; 28:17-20; John 10:30; 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 12:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).

God created all things visible and invisible for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness. He created every molecule and galaxy. He created each species of life separately and finished His work by creating Adam from the dust and Eve from Adam. We believe that the universe has its beginning and end in God’s will. The universe is in no sense independent of Him and creation does not reflect a prior deficiency but its formation and maintenance represent a continuing exertion of His creative power and ability.

(Genesis 1-2: Job 12:7-10; Psalm 19:1-7; 148; Proverbs 16:4; John 1:1-18; Romans 11:33-36; Ephesians 1:3-14; Colossians 1:15-20).

Human Beings are created equally as man and woman by God to bear His image. They are the crowning work of His creation worthy of love, dignity and respect regardless of age, race, gender or class. Both Adam and Eve were created without sin. God endued them with knowledge, righteousness and holiness having his natural law of conscience written on their hearts and the power to fulfill that law. They lived with the possibility of transgressing since they were left to the liberty of their own will.

(Genesis 1; 2:7; Ecclesiastes 7:29; 12:7; Job 26:13; 33:4; Psalm 24:1­‐2; 33:5-6; 104:24; Isaiah 55:10-­11; Jeremiah 10:12; Matthew 10:28; John 1:1-­3; Acts 17:24; Romans 1:20; 2:14-­15; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:16; 3:10; Hebrews 1:2; 11:3; Revelation 4:11).

The first man and woman chose to disobey God’s command. This disobedience is called sin and the event is called the Fall. Because of the Fall, the image of God in people is distorted but not lost. Now all people disobey God through sin resulting in both physical and spiritual death which is eternal separation from God in hell. Thus, everyone needs redemption from sin. All humanity, Christ excluded, is sinful by both birth and action. All human beings are born with a sin nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ can someone be redeemed.

(Genesis 2:15-17; 3:19; 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-18, 23; 5:8, 12-21; 6:23; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14-15).

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God eternally begotten but not made, who in history assumed to Himself a human nature for the sake of our salvation. He is both fully God and fully man. Through Him, all things came into being and were created. He was before all things, and in Him, all things hold together by the word of His power. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered, died on the Cross as a substitute for mankind, was resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father until He returns for the final judgment and consummation of the Kingdom.

(Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).

Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. No other religion, belief or person can reconcile God and man. Jesus alone can provide forgiveness, righteousness and eternal salvation. Jesus Christ physically died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sins. His death, burial and resurrection are the means by which He guarantees salvation for His people.

(Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-26, 29; 10:1-18; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4,12-34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).

Salvation comes only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Savior, and repentance of sin. The believer receives Christ’s righteousness, forgiveness and eternal life, is reconciled to God and can now experience true life and joy. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. All the redeemed are secured in Christ forever.

(John 3:18; 10:28; 14:6; 16:8-11; 19:30 Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 5:10; 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 4:7)

The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the universal Church, of which Christ is the head. A local church is the visible manifestation of Christ’s people in a particular setting. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. We believe the most faithful representation of a church of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the New Testament is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word and Spirit. The local church is to live out the ethics of the Kingdom of God, proclaim the gospel, make disciples and bless the community within which it resides. Its scriptural officers are elders/pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. Each covenant partner is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord.

(Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3).

  • God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His own time and in His own way. At that time, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. At this time the dead will be physically resurrected. Christ will judge both the saved and unsaved. Those who have trusted Christ will receive a glorified body and dwell forever with the Lord. Those who have not trusted in Christ will spend eternity in hell, the place of everlasting punishment.

(Matthew24:29-31; 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 1:11; 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:7).