Graceway Baptist Church
Essential Doctrinal Statement
Purpose of an Essential Doctrinal Statement
Our mission is to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of our Lord given to the Church. We recognize that within Christianity there are genuine and sincere believers who have differing views on various doctrines; but there is a unifying body of essential beliefs that virtually all conservative evangelical Christians accept. We believe that in order to be a member of this church, one should agree completely with this essential set of beliefs.
Essential Doctrinal Statement:
We believe in one God, maker of heaven and earth, and eternally existent as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is God's inspired and infallible Word. It is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the authority for conduct, belief, and practice.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, and in His miracles. His death on the cross was substitutionary for mankind and paid for the sins of the world. He rose bodily from the grave, he ascended into heaven, and He will return to earth in power and glory.
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit, that His present work is to reveal Jesus Christ to people and to regenerate those who believe; and that He indwells Christians to mediate the life of Jesus Christ in them.
We believe people were created in the image of God. Through Adam all people inherited a sin nature which produces sin. Because of sin, all people in their natural condition are separated from God and are under the wrath and condemnation of God.
We believe people may be saved from the wrath of God, be forgiven of sin, be justified by the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and be reconciled to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This salvation is a free gift of God's grace to all who believe.
We believe the Church was commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to baptize those who come to faith in Him. This baptism expresses our union with the Lord's death, burial, resurrection, and new life.
We believe that the Church was commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to remember His death until He returns by taking communion (the Lord's Supper), with one another.
We believe that the Church, the body of Christ, is made up of all believers of the church age; that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church; and that local churches are the visible expression of the Church. The Church and local churches have the mission of making disciples according to the Great Commission.
We believe in final judgments. All unbelievers of all ages will be judged and condemned to eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire. All demons and Satan will face a final judgment and will be eternally condemned in the Lake of Fire. All believers will be saved from the wrath of God, but they will give an account for their works as God's children. They will be rewarded for their works of eternal value. They will lose reward for those works of no eternal value.
We believe a biblical marriage is between one man and one woman. We have covenanted as a church to marry only believers.
In all non-essential beliefs we give each other liberty.
In everything we love each other to the glory of God!