Our Teaching Statement is different from our Doctrinal Statement. It consists of doctrines that we believe the Bible teaches, and that we teach at GBC; however, we understand that there are good committed Christians who hold different views in these areas and could still enjoy fellowship at GBC. A person can be a member of GBC and have differing views than our Teaching Statement as long as they commit to no teach or promote those differences inciting possible disunity in the church family.
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing, in six literal days, as is recorded in Genesis 1-2. This is contrary to various false teachings such as the Gap Theory and the Day-Age Theory, which seek to reconcile the evolutionary teachings with creation accounts.
We believe spiritual gifts are special capacities bestowed on believers by God to equip them to minister supernaturally to others. They are the means by which God chose to minister His word and power among His people and to the world (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-11, 27-31; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
We believe every Christian has a spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Pet. 4:10).
We believe certain “sign gifts” such as miracles, healing, and speaking in tongues were used during a specific period of time and for a specific purpose. We believe these particular gifts have ceased.
We believe that God, in His sovereign good pleasure, and on account of no foreseen merit in them, chooses people to be the recipients of special grace and eternal salvation
(Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 1:4; 2 Tim. 1:9).
Eschatology (Doctrine of Last Things)
We believe biblical prophecy should be interpreted the same way as other Scripture, according to the literal-historical-grammatical-synthesis method of interpretation. Using this method of interpretation leads to the premillennial position, and is consistent with all fulfilled prophecy.
The Promises to Israel
Israel has a distinct and special future in God’s redemptive plan, and the unconditional promises God made to the nation of Israel have not been nullified nor have they been transferred solely to the church. The Abrahamic, Davidic, and New covenants will be fulfilled as promised to Israel (Gen. 15:1-21; 1 Chron. 17:1-15; Jer. 31:31-34; Rom. 11).
The Church Age
We are living in the Church Age. It began at Pentecost (Acts 2), and will end at the rapture of the church.
We believe the rapture of the church is imminent, and will occur in God’s perfect, but undisclosed, timing at the end of the church age. The saints will be caught up in the air to be forever with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
We believe that before Christ comes to earth there will be a seven year period of tribulation (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6-9). The tribulation period will end when Christ bodily returns to the earth to set up His literal earthly kingdom (Zech. 14:4, 9; Acts 1:11).
The Second Coming and Millennial Reign of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ will come back bodily to earth to set up a literal thousand year kingdom where He will rule from Jerusalem (Isa. 2:2-4; Zech. 14:3-4; Acts 1:9-12; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7).
Heaven and Hell
We believe that all mankind will spend eternity in one of two places – heaven or the lake of fire (Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:28-29).
All unbelievers will appear before the Great White Throne to be judged according to their deeds (Rev. 20:11-15). They will suffer torment away from the presence of Christ in the lake of fire forever (Matt. 13:42; Mark 9:47-49; Rev. 14:11, 20:15).
Believers will be in heaven and will receive rewards in accordance with their faithful service on earth (1 Cor. 3:12-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).