Gospel Light Baptist Church - Doctrines

Gospel Light Baptist Church

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Doctrinal Statement

  1.  We believe in the verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the whole Bible as originally written, that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalms 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  2. We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection (Matthew 28:19)
  3. We believe in the Genesis account of creation (Genesis 1:2)
  4. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22)
  5. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
  6. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4)
  7. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekial 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:10-17; Revelation 20:10)
  8. We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was complete. Faith, hope and love are the vital abiding spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12-14)
  9. We believe that man was created in the image of God and lived in innocence until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12, 19)
  10. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2)
  11. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  12. We believe in the pre-millennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8)
  13. We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the requirements to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9), that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8-9; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5)
  14. We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39)
  15. We believe that Jesus Christ established His Church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body and no other group may exercise authority over it. (Matthew 16:18; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Ephesians 3:21)
  16. We believe that there are two ordinances in the Lord's churches: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper is a memorial ordinance restricted to the saved of the church observing the ordinance (Matthew 18:19-20; Acts 8:12, 38; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 5:11-1; 1 Corinthians 11:1-2, 17-20, 26)
  17. We believe in complete separation of Church and State (Matthew 22:21) and believe in civil obedience unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15)