Beliefs and Vision

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, who came to us in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).

He was born of a virgin (Matt. 1:20).

He was crucified on Calvary’s cross for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:2).

He was resurrected bodily from the dead (Luke 24:29).

He will visibly return to the earth (Rev. 1:7).

We believe that the Bible is God’s revelation to man and is complete, inerrant, and the final authority on a ll matters of faith, practice, and whatever else it touches upon (Psa. 12:6-7; Luke 4:4; 2 Tim. 3:16).

Salvation is the free gifts of a loving God (Rom. 6:23).

Salvation is obtained by placing faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ’s blood atonement, be exercising belief in His bodily resurrection from the dead, and by surrendering to His Lordship (Rom. 10:9-10, 13).

 

For a more detailed statement of our beliefs, please view the “Baptist Faith and Message”.

OUR PURPOSE

BE THE SALT. BE THE LIGHT. BE THE DIFFERENCE.

We seek to reflect Jesus’ character. This comes from and inward change brought about by the Holy Spirit through discipleship and obedient response to God’s Word.

 

We seek to share the gospel of Jesus Christ (that Jesus lived, died, and rose again) as well as demonstrate His love in action to our community and one another. We believe this allows us to visibly and tangibly share God’s love with others.

By reflecting a Christlike character, preaching a Christ-exalting gospel, and demonstrating Christ-honoring service, we believe we can make an eternal difference in the lives of the people of Gardner.

OUR VISION

Be an Intergenerational Family of Believers

The Church is the Family of God. At GBC, we value the older generation, the younger generation, and everybody in between. We encourage each generation to serve God together and learn from each other. If we reflect the family of God we can restore the family (Eph. 2:19; Titus 2:2-12; 1 Tim. 4:11-15).

To Reflect Christ to the People Around Us

We believe that as we reflect the family of God and help each other find purpose and fulfillment in Christ, the community will see our love and unity and desire to follow Christ, too (John 17:20-26).

Encourage and Equip One Another

We can cheer one another on to find their purpose and place to serve God with us (Ephesians 4:15-16; Hebrews 10:25).

Know and Use our Spiritual Gifts

We all have a spiritual gift from God to use for His glory (1 Corinthians 7:7; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31).