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OUR BELIEFS @ GPC
Below is a brief summary of our Core Beliefs followed by a more detailed description including Bible references.
Who is God?
• God is the one who made us and desires a personal relationship with us although he is beyond our ability to understand completely.
• Jesus Christ is God in human form who came to earth in order to show us how much God loves us and die for our sins.
• Through His Holy Spirit, God empowers and guides those that seek his direction.
How do I find God?
• All people are valued and loved by God.
• God’s forgiveness through Jesus is the way that he provides a relationship with him.
• Trusting and following His direction are how we grow in our relationship with God.
What is life primarily about?
• We are most fulfilled when we are closest to God.
• The Bible is God's manual for discovering the insights we need for discovering our purpose.
• Nothing in reality just happens; God is involved and in charge.
• God’s people are called to serve others, just like Jesus did.
What happens after death?
• God allows evil to provide us with a choice of trust.
• God can bring good out of evil events, and God promises victory over evil to those who choose him.
• Heaven and Hell are real places. Death is a beginning, not the end.
What about marriage & family?
• We understand the Bible to teach what has been called the ‘traditional family’. So we teach that marriage should be a committed relationship between a man and woman.
Below provides more details regarding our beliefs including Bible verses.
At GPC we hold to UNITY in central Christian beliefs. We believe and practice a faith that finds its source in the Bible.
"There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all..." Ephesians 4:4-6
At GPC we also have LIBERTY in non-essential beliefs. We believe that the Holy Spirit guides believers to do God's will within the boundaries of Scripture.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters...who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls...So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
At GPC, regarding our beliefs, we are also committed to demonstrating CHARITY. That is, following the example of Jesus, we show love in all our beliefs. We believe that by showing Christ-like love to others, people are more drawn to develop into the people God intends.
"If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains but have no love, I amount to nothing at all."
More specifics of what we believe with more Bible references.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These persons are co-equal and are also one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven's glory to return again someday to Earth and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew l:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13. )
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and with Jesus. He is present in the world to make people 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 every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His guidance daily. (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17:3. Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
About the Bible
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. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy l: 13; Psalm ll9:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
People are made in the spiritual image of God and intended to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by rebellion toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3 -6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2)
About A Personal Relationship with God
Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it in order to be saved. We can never makeup for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's way to 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. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6,1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in his salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" your saved status. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. (John 10:29, 29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5)
People were 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 separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places. Death is a beginning, not the end. (John 3:16; John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; Matthew 2:44, 46)