Statement of Faith

Holy Bible: 

WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. We believe that scripture, in its entirety, originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Bible, composed of the sixty six books of the Old and New Testament, is unique and that there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.  

(Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 5:18; Romans 16:25, 26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21 and Hebrews 4:12). 


God: 

WE BELIEVE in one God, eternally existing in three persons – a trinity, comprising the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit - each of whom possess equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. As such they are co-equal and co-eternal. 

 (Genesis 1:1, 26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,3; 4:24; Acts 5: 3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; and

2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 3:7-11; and 1 John 5:7).


Jesus Christ

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ was born of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. He is the only man to have ever lived a sinless life. He performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose bodily from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1, 14; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16 and Titus 2:13).


Holy Spirit

WE BELIEVE in the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through individuals to bring conviction, repentance and conversion and then to sustain God's people as they live and share this life of faith. (John 3:5-8; 16:8-11, 13; Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 12:11,13; Ephesians 4:3; Acts 2; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Galatians 5:16-25; and 1 Peter 1:10-12). 


Sin and Separation from God

WE BELIEVE that sin is anything in thought, word or deed that is contrary to the will of God. God created human beings in His image to have fellowship with Him. We, however, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. All human beings are born with an innate bent toward sin. 

(Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; and 1 John 1:8).


Repentance

WE BELIEVE that repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.  (Acts 2:21; 3:19; and 1 John 1:9).


Reconciliation with God

WE BELIEVE that God loves people so much that he took the initiative to reconcile people to himself by sending his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus voluntarily paid for our sins according to the scriptures by dying on the cross as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; he rose victorious from the grave on the third day; and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He is the only mediator between people and God. (Isaiah 53: Matthew 20:28; 28:6; John 1:29; 3:16; Romans 3:10-12, 24-26; 5:1, 9; 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 14;  2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 1:7; 2:2; Hebrews 7:25 and Revelation 1:5; 5:9).


Salvation

WE BELIEVE in the necessity of the new birth for entrance into God's Kingdom. All who come by grace through faith to accept the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. The salvation of humankind is wholly a work of God's free grace and not the result of human works or goodness and must be personally appropriated by individual repentance and faith.  (John 1:12-13; 3:3, 5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; and Galatians 2:16).


Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Given at Pentecost, WE BELIEVE the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. It was sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth

(Joel 2:28, 29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; and Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 17, 38, 39; 8:14-17; 10:38, 44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6).


The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.

(Romans 1:11; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4; and 1 Peter 4:10).


Sanctification

WE BELIEVE in the importance of continuing growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ for sound spiritual health. Sanctification is the on-going process of yielding to God’s Word and his Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. 

(Psalm 92:12,14; John 8:31-32; Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-18; Ephesians 4:14-15; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 and Hebrews 2:11; 5:11-6:3).


Church

WE BELIEVE there is one church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord from the days of the apostles until now. The local church is a fellowship of believers characterized by mutual participation in and sharing of the new life in Christ. We seek to devote ourselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism, and the Lord's Supper, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts and outreach to the world. All Christians are commanded to participate in spreading the Gospel to all people groups.

(Matthew 28:19-20; Genesis 12:3-5; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; and Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:15-16). 


Resurrection and Second Coming 

WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected—they that are saved to the resurrection of eternal life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (see Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; and Philippians 1:21-23; 3:21). 

WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth a second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures

(Matthew 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8; and Revelation 1:7).


Heaven and Hell

WE BELIEVE Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all who believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 5:3, 12, 20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; and 1 Peter 1:4). 

WE BELIEVE after living one life on earth, those who die still refusing God’s offer of salvation through Christ will be judged by God and damned with the devil and fallen angels to remain apart from him eternally. 

(Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; and Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8).


Two Sacraments:


Water Baptism: WE BELIEVE following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).


The Lord’s Supper: WE BELIEVE in a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. 

(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47, 48; and 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26). 



Healing of the Sick: WE BELIEVE the healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit

(Psalm 103:2, 3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16, 17; Mark 16:17, 18; Acts 8:6, 7; Romans 11:29; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; and James 5:14-16). 


God’s Will for Provision: WE BELIEVE it is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to serve others.

  • Spiritual (John 3:3-11; Romans 10:9, 10; and 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
  • Mental and emotional (see Isaiah 26:3; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:7, 8; and 2 Timothy 1:7; 2:11). 
  • Physical (see Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; and 1 Peter 2:24).
  • Financial (see Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Joshua 1:8; Ps. 34:10; 84:11; Malachi 3:10, 11; Luke 6:38;  2 Corinthians 9:6-10; and Philippians 4:19).


Sanctity of Life: WE BELIEVE that God is the Creator of all life.  Human life is a precious gift from God, sacred and to be protected from the moment of conception.    (Genesis 1:27) 

WE BELIEVE that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.

(Psalm 139:13-16; 51:5; Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 44:2,24; and Luke 1:41; 2:12) 

WE BELIEVE the Church is called to promote the stewardship of life and be actively compassionate in sharing the forgiveness and healing offered in Jesus Christ.   (1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:12; and Matthew 5:7).


Women in Ministry: WE BELIEVE in the equal partnership of men and women in God's creation and in the full participation of each in the various ministries of the Church. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:23-24: 5:1, 2; Joel 2:28-32; Galatians 3:28; Romans 16:1-16). 


Other religions: WE BELIEVE that other religions and ideologies are not alternative paths to God, and that human spirituality, if unredeemed by Christ, leads not to God but to judgment, for Christ is the only way. (John 14:6).


Freedom in Christ: WE BELIEVE in the reality of freedom in Christ. This freedom creates a climate which allows for differences of opinion in matters of interpretation, doctrine and practice within the context of Biblical guidelines and historical Christianity. 

(John 8:31-32, 36; Romans 14; Galatians 5:1,13; 1 Peter 2:16; and James 1:25).


We are a Spirit filled and Spirit Led Church:  Church at the Gate is both an evangelical church as well as a spirit filled church. We strive to bring together the best of both eh charismatic and the evangelical worlds. We believe in the infilling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believe and in all the gifts of the Spirit, including tongues, healing and prophecy. However, we do not see tongues as the only evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.


Statement on Marriage: Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Church at the Gate will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman as defined at the time of their birth. Further, the Pastors/Ministers/Clergy and staff of Church at the Gate shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one biological man and one biological woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Church at the Gate shall only host weddings between one biological man and one biological woman.  


End Times View: The most controversial point in our view of the End times is that we can find no scripture passage that says the church will be raptured before the tribulation. The pre-tribulation rapture view, though popular, is a recent doctrinal position that began in the 1830’s. The forecast at the end of the age is the world will be shaken and it is ill-advised to be standing on unstable doctrines. We want it to be said of us, “The Spirit and the Bride say come Lord Jesus.” We long for His coming. But as a church we are not teaching a pre-tribulation viewpoint. The Bible clearly teaches the Church will be raptured – That is not the issue. The issue lies in the timing. We honor those who hold to a pre-trib., mid-trib., and a post trib., viewpoint. And while we are unable to agree with a pre-trib. viewpoint we do so in a spirit of love and not with a spirit of debate. Many people at Church at the Gate hold various positions on the timing of the second coming. The point is, Christ will come again and rapture His church. That is definite. Our prerequisite and mandate from the Lord is to be ready for the coming pressures and not be unprepared for the days ahead. 


Apostolic Reformation: The reality of the apostolic gift in the church today is becoming less and less controversial and more and more evangelicals are realizing there are more named apostles in the New Testament besides the Twelve. Because Ephesians 4 says apostles will be essential to the church, “UNTIL we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature…” we can clearly see apostles today as essential to advancing the Kingdom of God into new places and regions. An apostle is one who is sent. Church at the Gate is a sending church. We believe we have an apostolic mandate to send people into the world both locally and globally and help establish the Kingdom of God. Some people are more comfortable calling these people “church planters” or “missionaries”, but neither of these terms are biblical terms. The Bible clearly refers to them as apostles.