Our aim at Gilgal Baptist Church is “to know Jesus better and to make Him better known”. The Christian faith is about a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. True Christian faith involves a spiritual experience in the heart as much as a biblical knowledge in the head.
This summary of the main truths of the Christian faith is not intended to be a substitute for our need to study and understand the bible more fully for ourselves. It is a summary for those who would like to know what the Christians at Gilgal Baptist Church believe.
It may be of help for those who want to know more about the Christian faith, for new Christians and for Christians who are considering becoming church members at Gilgal.
Our beliefs are based on the teaching of the bible, for the benefit of those who may wish to undertake further research, scripture references for each of the beliefs are included in a fuller document which can be downloaded here – Gilgal’s Basis of Faith.
WE BELIEVE IN…
1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God — fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgment.
5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ — born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers —given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgment, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
AS BAPTIST CHRISTIANS:
12. We believe in Baptism, that all who have personally and sincerely repented of their sin and are trusting in Christ as their Saviour and Lord are to be baptised by immersion, symbolising their dying with Christ, and their rising with Him to newness of life.
13. We believe in the Lord’s Supper, that the bread and wine are symbols of the once and for all offering of our Lord at Calvary. This meal is at the heart of our worship – partaking in faith expresses our continuing union with Christ. We meet by our Lord’s command and receive and feed on Him spiritually. Gathered around His table we confess afresh His death and resurrection, until He comes.
14. We believe in Mission, that the commission given by Christ to make disciples of all nations is binding on His Church to the end of the age. This task is to proclaim the Gospel to everyone, baptizing them, teaching them the words and ways of the Lord, and gathering them into churches able to fulfil their Christian calling among their own people. We should always be prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us, but do so with gentleness and respect.