JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
“For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.”
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. He baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit and will return to earth to fulfill prophecy.
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
2 Corinthians 5:17
“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand-new person inside. The old passes away, a new life has begun.”
Jesus: “If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.”
God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace - not human effort - and must be received personally by repentance and faith. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
BELIEVERS CAN BE SPIRIT-FILLED AND SPIRIT-LED
“...you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
We believe the only possible way to live a Christian life is by God’s power working within us. Every believer can be filled with the Holy Spirit by simply asking. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.
The sacrifice of His only Son showed that God places eternal value on every human life! Because of this demonstration, our responsibility (as the church) is to move beyond mere words and emotions and to recognize the eternal value in each person. The Biblical use of the word "love" is intended to elicit action, not just emotion. Therefore, we will go above and beyond in order to show anyone from anywhere just how loved they really are! (John 3:16; Matthew 5:38-48; 1 John 3:16-18)
We know that everything we have comes from God, so we will not take Him or His people for granted. We live this out by the way we steward our time, our talents, and treasure. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 1 Peter 4:10; Malachi 3:10)
We believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who is one God eternally existent and revealed in three distinct persons.
We believe God the Father “is love” and has demonstrated His love for all people by sending His Son to die for the sins of the world. He is the creator of all that is or ever will be and that He has made mankind in his image. We believe it is the will of the Father that everyone would be granted eternal life through the acceptance of His Son, Jesus Christ.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully man and fully God. He is the prophesied messiah; was born of a virgin; attested to by a multitude of signs and wonders; falsely accused, arrested and crucified in accordance with the predictions of the Scriptures; was buried; raised from the dead; was seen by over five-hundred witnesses; was taken up into the presence of God the Father to be seated at His right hand; and will come again to receive the church unto himself and pass eternal judgment on the living and the dead.
We believe the Holy Spirit to be fully God. The Holy Spirit is sent by the Father and the Son to vitalize life, communicate God’s truth, apply his salvation to people and enable them to obey God’s will (or word). It is by the Holy Spirit that all the provisions of God come alongside the believer to grace and gift the believer for service in his Church. We believe the full expression of spiritual gifts are available to the local church as each member is gifted and empowered to be a witness for Jesus Christ.
We believe in the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written Word of God. We believe that the scriptures are without error and represent the only infallible rule of faith and practice for all of mankind. We believe that the bible has been miraculously preserved down through the ages and today represents a more than sufficient transmission of the original manuscripts. Finally, we believe the Bible to be unchangeable in its central purpose of recording God’s interaction with man and revealing and exalting the life and ministry the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe all of mankind is, both by nature and action, sinful and therefore precluded from fellowship with God and entrance into God’s heaven. We believe that God has made a way through a relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ, for sinful mankind to be reconciled to Himself and guaranteed entrance into His heaven. This way is freely given by God and is known as “salvation”. This gift of salvation is received by faith in an individual’s life only after this individual acknowledges a need to be saved and calls upon Jesus Christ as Lord and Risen Savior. There is no other way for mankind to enjoy restored fellowship with God outside of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We believe every believer should be baptized by total immersion in water into the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost: The Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that water baptism does not save a person, but rather provides every believer with a vital point of identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe the church is God’s sovereign creation; the specific object of Christ’s love and His exclusive instrument to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth. Its function and organization are clearly put forth in the pages of Scripture and represents structure and grace for dispensing spiritual provision, oversight, instruction, discipline and protection of God’s people. We also affirm the role of the local church as the platform for the most vital ministries mentioned in the New Testament. Finally, we believe the church will be purified by God and one day be presented to Christ as a perfect bride.
FINAL JUDGEMENT AND ETERNAL STATES
We believe in the resurrection of the dead and the final judgment of all people before God’s throne. We believe in a literal heaven and hell. Hell is the final, eternal state of all persons who have not received the redemption of Jesus Christ. Hell will to be place of unceasing torment and anguish where the flame does not go out and the worm is never satisfied. We believe there will be a new heaven and a new earth where God’s dwelling will be among all believers for eternity. We believe this to be a wonderful paradise beyond present comprehension.
We believe Jesus Christ is the head of the Church and that all Church leaders are obligated to exercise their responsibilities in conformance with the character and example of Jesus Christ. We believe in the five gift ministries mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-12 and that these offices are given to the Church for the edification and equipping of all church members.
We further believe the local church is governed by local elders as described in the scriptures. These elders are to be set in office at the local level and are ultimately responsible for the entire oversight of the local church. We believe the eldership must endeavor to maintain accountable relationships with others who occupy positions representing the gift ministries referred to above and appeal to such ministers as required for encouragement, insight and instruction.
We affirm the biblical application of Church discipline in the life of an unrepentant member of the local church. This discipline must be administered carefully, judiciously, in the spirit of love and without favoritism according to the guidelines found in the Scriptures. The ultimate goal of church discipline is restoration of the disciplined person to the fellowship of believers (1Co. 5:1-13, 1Ti. 5:20-21; Ga. 6:1).
We believe the regular celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Communion) as we remember the bruised body and shed blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe this ordinance should be observed only after careful examination of one’s heart before God and in a spirit of reverence and thanksgiving before the Lord.
We believe the institution of marriage to be exclusively defined in the Bible as a covenant relationship, witnessed by God, and solely between a man and a woman. Modification of such union, regardless of the source of such modification, is not recognized or sanctioned by the leadership or congregation of G.O. Church.