What We Believe
The Old and New Testament are inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative word of God. It is the rule of faith and conduct for mankind. Scripture is sufficient to tell us everything we need to know for life and godliness.
II Timothy 3:15-17, I Thessalonians 2:13 & 2 Peter 1:20-21
God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is eternally self-existent (Jn. 8:54-59). God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1&2). While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22; I John 3:4,5); His miracles (Acts 2:22, 10:37-38); His substitutionary death on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins that satisfied the wrath of God (II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:24; I Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6 & I Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11).
Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Man was removed from the garden of Eden and the presence of God (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left man in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).
The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (I Peter 2:24). He offers pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12). The Bible is clear that we are saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).
When we are saved, we become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19), are given eternal life (John 3:16), are adopted, and become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12). We are born-again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (I Corinthians 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 & I Peter 1:3-5).
Gateway Church Old Brooklyn is in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention through the North American Mission Board. For more information on our beliefs, check out the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000.