Galilean Baptist Church. Lawrenceville, GA
Statement of Faith

The Galilean Baptist Church is an Independent, Bible Believing Baptist Church. Listed below is what we believe.

Love for One Another

We believe that love for one another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God, and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent, Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34-35; John 15:12; I John 4:7-21; I John 5:1-3.

The Scriptures

We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. We use the 1611 King James translation of the Bible as our text for preaching and teaching, Ps. 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:16-21.

The Triune God

We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection, Matt. 28:19.

Divine Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of Creation, Gen. 1 and 2.

Satan

We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire, Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10.

The Birth and Life of Jesus

We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ, Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-35; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22.

The Deity of Christ

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ and that He is God in the form of man, John 1:1, 14; John 10:30; 2 Cor. 5:19.

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches, Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4.

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners and cut off from eternal life until they are born again, Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12-19.

The Death of Christ

We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ were substitutionary for all mankind and are efficacious only to those who believe, Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 John 2:2.

The Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints, Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

The Return of Christ

We believe in the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, personal, and bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again-visibly; that at His coming there will be a resurrection of all those who have died in faith and a translation of all the living saints. We believe that the saints will live and reign with Him for a thousand years on the earth, and at the end of the thousand years, there will be a resurrection of the wicked. From the time of the final judgment at the Great White Throne, the happiness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be eternal, John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8.

The Way of Salvation

We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer, John 3:6; John 16:8-9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5.

Eternal Security

We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall never perish, John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Pet. 1:5.

The Disciplining of Believers

We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient, Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12.

The Church

We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers joined together in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, that each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches, Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21.

The Ordinances of the Church

We believe there are two pictorial ordinances given to the church: Baptism and the Lordís Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lordís Supper is a memorial ordinance, reminding us of the suffering of Christ on the cross as the payment for our sins, Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 11:1-26.

The Officers of the Church

We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.

Church Ministries

We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under the control of local churches, Matt. 20:25-28.

Freedom of Worship

We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures, Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:13-15.