Beliefs

Grand Parkway Baptist Church is a church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. Because of this we are committed to a joyfully humble adherence to the historical Christian faith as defined and described in the Bible. It is our responsibility to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints while seeking to be at peace with all men.

Like the historical Christian church, we believe and confess the Apostle’s, Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds as accurate representations of Scripture’s teaching. In addition to these historic creeds, we are situated within the evangelical, Reformed and Baptist Traditions.

The theological distinctives within Grand Parkway’s Statement of Faith reflect what distinguishes Grand Parkway from other churches who would affirm the basic doctrines. These distinctives indelibly shape the way that Grand Parkway is led and the direction the church is headed. We do not expect all members to embrace all aspects of these distinctives, but members should expect that the distinctives will be maintained in all ministry environments at Grand Parkway, and members may not teach contrary to them.

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Mark 13:31; John 8:31; 20:31–32; Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21)

We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three persons who are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; 4:24; Romans 1:19–20)

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 23:9; Luke 10:21–22; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1–2; 2:5–6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6)

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:18–25; 20:28; Luke 1:26–38; John 1:1,20–28,30–31; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6–8; 6:9–10; 8:1–4; 9:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 7:25; 9:28; 1 Peter 2:21–23)

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; 16:9–14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22–26)

We believe that man was created by God in His own image, that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death which is separation from God, and that as a consequence all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are sinners by choice, and are therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit will repent, forsake sin, trust Jesus Christ as Savior, become new creatures, are delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 3:19; 5:2; Psalm 51:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 1:13; 3:14,16; 5:24,30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 3:19; 5:19; 8:1; 9:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; James 1:14; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 19:3,20; 20:10,14–15; 21:18)

We believe that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world and will, through the work of the Holy Spirit, draw the elect to faith in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We are therefore justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. All who have genuinely been saved by faith in Christ Jesus are preserved and protected by God and therefore can neither lose nor forfeit their salvation. All of the elect are eternally secure. (John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 13:48; 16:30-31; Romans 3:1-31; 4:1-25; 5:6-11; 8:1-17,31-39; 9:1-23; 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:7-9; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; Philippians 1:6; 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:19; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 1:7,9; Jude 1; Revelation 13:8)

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men, that his conduct should be blameless before the world, that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (John 14:15,23–24; Romans 12:1–3; 1 Corinthians 4:2; 10:31; 2 Corinthians 9:6–9; Colossians 1:9–10; Hebrews 12:1–2; 1 John 2:3–6)

We believe that both men and women are together created in the divine image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and have equal access to God through faith in Christ. We also believe that men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts designed to equip and empower them for ministry in the local church and beyond. We also believe that God has ordained the principle of male headship in both the home and in the local church and that certain governing and teaching roles are restricted to men (primarily the office of Elder). (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18, I Corinthians 11:2-16, Galatians 3:28, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19, I Timothy 2:11-15, 3:1-7, I Peter 3:1-7)

We believe that God has created all of humanity in his image as male and female, and that they are, therefore, of equal moral and spiritual value and must be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. We believe that life begins at the moment of conception in the womb and that the willful termination of a pregnancy is sin. We should remember that the sin of abortion is not unique, but, as is the case with all sin, can be forgiven because of Christ’s saving work on the cross. We also believe that all ethnicities/races of mankind equally bear the image of God and should be treated with the same dignity and love, regardless of national identity, language, skin pigmentation, or gender. Any expression of racism, racial supremacy, or hatred of a person of a different ethnicity is forbidden by Scripture. Abortion and racism, therefore, are denials of the creative design of God and must be regarded as heretical deviations from the truth of Scripture regarding the nature and value of all human life. (Genesis 1:27-28; Psalm 139; Acts 17:22-31; Galatians 3:25-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; James 2:1; Revelation 5)

We believe marriage is a divinely designed biblical covenant between one man and one woman for a lifetime. This relationship is intended to represent the relationship of Christ and the Church (Genesis 1:27; 2:23, 24; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13–16; Song of Solomon 2:7; 6:1; Malachi 2:14; Matthew 19:4–6; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; 7:1–16; Ephesians 5:22–33; 1 Timothy 1:9–10; Hebrews 13:4)

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle examples and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:6-7 Psalm 127:3; Psalm 139:13; Proverbs 22:6; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Luke 1:39-44; Galatians 1:15; Ephesians 1:3-4; Ephesians 6:1-4)

We believe in the universal Church, a living and spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Acts 1:8; 2:42; Ephesians 2:19–22; 5:19–21; Hebrews 10:23–25)

Christian baptism is by immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior as well as the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. (Matthew 3:13–17; 28:19–20; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–22; John 3:23; Acts 2:41–42; 8:35–39; 16:30–33; Romans 6:3–5; Colossians 2:12)

The Lord’s Supper (communion) is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming (Matthew 26:26–30; 28:19–20; Mark 14:22–26; Luke 22:29–30; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23–29)

We believe that the Kingdom of God came in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to expand by the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible, and triumphant appearing of Christ when he returns to the earth as King. We believe that after Christ returns, he will bring about the ultimate defeat of Satan, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal blessing of the righteous. At that time, the Kingdom of God will be completely fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, in which righteousness dwells and in which he will be worshipped forever. (1 Corinthians 15:20-28,50-58; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 19:1-21)

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7–10; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; Revelation 20:4–6,11–15)