What We Believe
Since its beginning, Gateway Church has been guided by its belief in the authority of Scripture, the deity of Jesus, the loving mercy of the Creator God, and the place of the church in His plan for the nations. Gateway Church has not wavered in its understanding of the sinful nature of humankind and the need for all people to put their trust in Jesus’ loving sacrifice on the cross, live like Jesus lived and do what Jesus did.
…the Spirit is alive and at work in the world, and apart from Him, we would never discover the love of God.
…by the purpose of God, history is moving toward the return of Christ, the King of the nations.
…time is short, and nothing is more important than the work we have been given by Christ.
Our Doctrinal Statement
A. Authority of the Scripture
We believe the Bible, consisting of Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God and is therefore without error in the original writings. (Numbers 23:13, II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21) The infallibility of the Scripture relates to the words themselves and extends with equal authority to every part of the Scripture. We believe the Bible is the only authority for faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ.
We believe there is but one true interpretation of any given passage of Scripture, though applications may be as many as are consistent with its interpretation. The single meaning of Scripture is understood by dependence upon the Holy Spirit's illumination (I Corinthians 2:14-15), and diligent study, which considers the grammatical, biblical, cultural, and historical contexts of the passage. (II Timothy 2:15)
B. Tri-Unity of God
We believe the One True and Living God is eternally existent in three equal and distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19) Jesus Christ is God the Son in human flesh. (John 1:1, 1:14, 20:31)
C. The Depravity of Man
We believe man was directly and immediately created in the image of God to rule the earth for God and to enjoy fellowship with God. (Genesis 1:26, 27) Man voluntarily disobeyed the Word of God and is consequently subject to physical death and spiritual separation from God. (Romans 3:23, 6:23) This historical act involved the willful participation of all humanity through Adam (Romans 5:12), resulting in each individual being born with a sin nature resulting in habitual acts of sin in thought, word, and deed. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
D. Salvation by Grace
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only able and sufficient substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who trust Him are declared righteous on the basis of His sinless life, death, and resurrection. (I Corinthians 15:1-4) Every believer in Jesus Christ is regenerated and wholly indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the time of conversion, and is therefore a secure member of the True Church, the body of Christ, forever. (Titus 3:5-7) Salvation is by grace through faith, and is not as a result of any works, though it results in the practice of obedience to God’s will. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
E. The Local Church
We believe that the New Testament local church is an organized community of baptized believers, practicing the New Testament ordinances and actively engaged in carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20); which includes the edification and education of its members. (Ephesians 4:11-16) Its members profess regeneration and are priests with equal and direct access to God. (Romans 12:1; I Peter 2:5-9)
We believe that a New Testament local church is separate from civil authority (Matthew 22:15-22), though civil authority is ordained of God and is to be obeyed in matters of the state. (Romans 13:1-7)
We believe in the congregational form of church government and local church autonomy which gives each individual local church the authority to judge its own members, to elect its own officers, to properly administer and observe the ordinances, and to resolve its own problems. (Acts 6:1-6; I Corinthians 5:12)
We believe that the ordinance of baptism means “immersion in water” and that it symbolizes the believer’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is an expression of faith in His saving grace, the renunciation of sin, and is a condition for church membership. (Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:41)
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic means instituted by Jesus Christ to commemorate His death and to foreshadow His return. (I Corinthians 11:24-28) It is only for believers in fellowship with Christ and with other believers. The New Testament pattern is that believers who participate in the Lord’s Supper have been baptized. (Acts 2:41-42)
We believe it is the responsibility of the New Testament local church to maintain separation from theological liberalism. (II Corinthians 6:14)
F. The Future
We believe in the bodily resurrection of every human being, to everlasting life with God for the regenerate, and to everlasting separation from God for the unregenerate. (John 5:25-29) The next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy is the personal descent of the Lord Jesus Christ to gather to Himself His Church, and to reward each individual in it, according to his works. (I Thessalonians 4:15-17; I Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:50-58; II Corinthians 5:10) Following the removal of the Church, God will pour out judgment upon the unbelieving world, after which Christ will establish His Messianic Kingdom on the earth. At the close of His Millennial Reign, and following the judgment of the unsaved, the eternal state will be entered. (Daniel 9:24-27; Revelation 6:16-17; Isaiah 9:2-7; 11:1-5; Revelation 20:11-12:4)