Statement of Faith by Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God written without error, so it is our only sure source of knowledge about God and His plans, and is our absolute guide for doctrinal teaching and godly living (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1: 20-21).
We worship and serve the only One True God who revealed Himself in the Bible as three persons sharing one indivisible essence in the mystery of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19-20).
Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, being fully God and fully man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life but suffered and died in the place of sinful man, was buried and resurrected, ascended bodily into heaven, and is preparing to return bodily in glory to earth a second time (John 1:1-14, John 14:1-3, 1 Cor. 15:3-6, Philippians 2:5-11).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God who is actively at work in the world. He dwells permanently in every Christian, helps us to pray, equips and empowers us to serve God, strengthens and molds us to be more like Christ, and protects us to guarantee our eternal life (Acts 5:3-4, Romans 8:14-16,26). We believe that the sign gifts, especially speaking in tongues and miracle healing, were given to authenticate the Apostles’ message and establish the early church (2 Cor. 12:12, 1 Cor. 13:10-11). With the completion of the New Testament, they have ceased in the sense of having them as a spiritual gift today (1 Cor. 13:8). God is Sovereign and may allow a miraculous sign such as tongues, healing or special revelation, particularly where the gospel is forbidden or unavailable (1 Cor. 14:21-22). However this would be counted a miracle, not the norm, and we do not expect or promote such signs (2 Cor. 5:7).
Angels are the innumerable and unseen creatures who serve the causes of God and His people. Satan and demons are fallen angels who promote wickedness and oppose God’s purposes, doomed and awaiting their final judgment (Isaiah 14:12-17, Hebrews 1:6-14).
God created man, male and female, in His image. Man was originally sinless but through Adam, all mankind sinned, became condemned, separated from God, and rendered totally unable to gain God’s favor of forgiveness and eternal life (Genesis 1:26-27,Romans 5:12-14).
Salvation is God’s act of forgiving sins, reconciling people to Himself, and giving a new nature and eternal life to those who put their trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is not a reward for good works but a free gift of God received by grace through faith in Christ alone and secured eternally by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 2:1-10, 1 John 5:11-13).
The church is the universal Body of Christ consisting of all born again Christians united by the indwelling Holy Spirit. A member of a local church must have undergone baptism by immersion, participate in Communion, and help fulfill the church mission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:41, 1 Cor. 11:17-34, 1 Cor. 12:13).
The End Times
Jesus Christ will come again to reign on earth and to reward God’s people with life with Him forever in the new heaven and earth and to judge unbelievers with eternal separation from God and suffering in hell (Revelation 20:1-4, Revelation 21:6-8).
Civil Government and Society
We uphold the separation of the church and state and we affirm the Christian duty to honor and to pray for those in government authority, to pay taxes and to promote the general welfare of society (Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Marriage, Sexes, and Sexuality
We believe that God creates each person as either male or female, genetically. These two sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s genetic sex is a rejection of the image of God. We believe “marriage” as defined in the Bible has only one meaning: the legalized union of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive lifetime union (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual activity, bisexual activity, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10.) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF).
The Bible as the Final Authority on Matters of Faith and Conduct
This Doctrinal Statement does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of GCF’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Board of Elders, of which the Senior Pastor is a member, is GCF’s interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.