Gateway is a church of the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention).
We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and are inerrant in the original writings. Through the providence of God, the Scriptures has been preserved and are the supreme, final and adequate authority in faith and life.
(Psalm 19:7; 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe that there is only one true and living God existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each a distinct Person but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience.
(Genesis 1:26, Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 3:16-7, Matthew 28:19)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, that He shed His blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute, was buried, rose again in bodily form and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures.
(Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25, 1 Cor. 15:3, Heb. 4:15)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, very God, coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in regeneration, the chief convictor of sin, and the chief comforter of the believer. Simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ.
(Matt. 28:19, John 16:7-11, Acts 5:3-4, Romans 8:9, 1 Cor. 12:12-14)
We believe that man is the direct creation of God (body, soul, and spirit) and is not in any sense the result of evolution but is made in the image of God. Adam, the first man, sinned in disobedience. The act resulted in the fall of mankind and incurred both physical and spiritual death for all.
(Gen. 1:26-27, Rom. 3:10,23; Rom. 5:12)
We believe that all who, in faith, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Salvation involves redemption, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
(John 1:12, 3:3, 17:17, Rom. 8:29-30, Eph. 2:8-9, 4:30, Titus 3:5)
We believe in the literal, visible, personal, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational return of Jesus Christ for His Church. At this event the dead in Christ and the living believers will be translated to meet Jesus in the air. At the end of the seven year tribulation, Christ will visibly descend with the saints to establish His earthly millennial kingdom.
(Acts 1:11, 1 Thes. 4:13-18, Rev. 20:1-6)
We believe that Satan was originally created a perfect being. He rebelled against God. As a result, he became depraved, the Devil and adversary of God and His people, and leader of a host of angels fell with him. Satan has been judged and defeated at the cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the second coming of Jesus Christ.
(Isa. 14:13-14, Ezek. 28:13-17, John 16:11, 1 Tim. 3:7, Rev. 20:10)
We believe in the eternal abode of God and the holy angels, where Jesus intercedes for His people on earth and where the spirits of departed saints await their resurrected, glorified bodies. Heaven is a literal place of conscious bliss to which all saints go upon death and from which the Lord Jesus Christ will come to receive those saints who are alive at His coming. To depart and be in heaven is to be “present with the Lord” and so is “far better” than to remain alive on earth, but the eternal blessedness of heaven is only for those who possess eternal life through faith in the atoning work of Christ.
(Heb 12:22-24, 2 Cor. 5:1-10, Phil. 3:20-21, 1 Thes. 4:16-18, Rev. 21:1-22)
We believe that hell is a literal place of judgment created for the devil and those angels who followed him in his rebellion against God. In the final state, the devil and his demons will spend eternity banished from the presence of God in the Lake of Fire. The same final punishment also awaits all unredeemed people who refuse to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures declare that the torment of all the inhabitants in the Lake of Fire lasts forever. Prior to the final state, the soul of the unjust at death is condemned to Hades in a state of conscious torment until the resurrection of the unjust. At the resurrection, the disembodied soul is reunited with the resurrected body and cast into the Lake of Fire.
(Rev. 20:10, Matt. 25:41, Mark 9:43-48, Rev. 14:11, Luke 16:19-31)
We believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great high Priest, and that there is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Christ.
(Heb. 4:16, 1 Tim. 2:5, Rev. 1:6)
We believe that salvation is not only a gift from God but also is sustained by the Lord. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals him in salvation for all eternity. Therefore, since salvation is wholly of the Lord, apart from the works of man, we hold that the believer shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
(John 10:28, 1 Cor. 2:9-14, Eph. 1:13 1 Pet. 1:5, Jude 24-25)
We believe in the providence of God but that He is not the author or approver of sin nor the destroyer of the free will and responsibility of man.
(John 3:16, Rom 8:28-30)
We believe that the New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers with CHrist as its head and the Holy SPirit as its guide. New Testament churches promote God’s work by cooperating together for missions and many other joint efforts. The local church is to be governed independently of outsides persons, bodies, groups, or authorities.
(Matt. 28:16-20, Acts 1:6-8, 1 Thes. 4:16-18)
We believe that the local church observes two ordinances; baptism and the Lord’s supper. We believe that all who have received Christ as Savior and Lord should be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that baptism is by full immersion in the likeness of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; and that the Lord;s Supper should be observed in remembrance of Him to show forth His death for our sins until He comes gain.
(Matt. 26:26-30, Matt. 28:19-20, Rom. 6:3-6, 1 Cor. 11:23-26)