What We BelieveAs you experience Glen Haven Baptist Church, you will discover our commitment to living the Word of God (James 1:22). Everything we do is based on scripture because we believe the Bible is the true Word of God. The following will help you to know what we believe about major doctrinal issues. We are here to serve Christ by serving you.
Statement of Faith
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Gn. 1:1, 26-27; Psalms 90:2; Matt. 28:14; I Peter 1:2; II Cor. 13:14.
...ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matt. 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.
...ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives spiritual gifts to all believers when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. II Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18.
...ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God. The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Tim. 1:13; Psalms 119:105, 160, 12:6; Pro. 30:5.
...ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Gn. 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Rom. 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2.
Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9, John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1.
We believe that Believer's Baptism by immersion in water is a symbol of salvation and that it shows that one has received the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sin. It is the first step of obedience for the Christian. We also believe that it not only identifies us with Christ but also with the church and that all believers should be willing to make a public profession of faith through Believer's Baptism. Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5.
...ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:29; II Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25; 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5.
People are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15; Matt. 1:8; Matt. 2:44-46.
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