Doctrinal Statement

A. The Bible: GBBI holds the entire Bible in its original writings to be verbally inspired of God, GBBI further holds the Bible to be of plenary authority throughout (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).

B. The Godhead: There is but one God, eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

C. The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ: The Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father (Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:6-8; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15).

D. The Personality of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts individuals of sin and who regenerates, baptizes, seals, indwells, enlightens, and empowers believers (Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13, 17, 18, and 3:16).

E. The Total Depravity of the Natural Man: All human beings are by nature dead in trespasses and sins, and are, therefore, totally unable to, by their own wisdom, works, or strength, earn salvation from God. Salvation can only be received as humankind responds to God’s offer of salvation by faith (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-18; Romans 8:7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31).

F. Salvation: God justifies ungodly sinners by His grace upon the ground of the shed blood of Jesus Christ through the means of personal faith. This complete salvation is bestowed as a free gift and is eternal apart from man’s works (Romans 3:24-28; Romans 4:4-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 8:1, 29-39; Philippians 1:6).

G. The Church: In the present age there is only one true universal church, called the Body of Christ, whose membership is composed of all the saved with no distinction between Jews and Gentiles, and is built on Jesus Christ as the foundation, and whose mission and commission is to proclaim the message of reconciliation (1 Corinthians 3:10-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21). The Church also has the task of making disciples (2 Timothy 2:2).

H. Baptism: All saved persons have been made members of the Body of Christ through one divine baptism by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). By this one baptism every member of the Body of Christ is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4).

I. The Lord’s Supper: The communion of the Lord’s Supper as revealed to and through the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 is for the members of the Body of Christ to observe as a memorial of His death, burial, and resurrection until He comes.

J. The Resurrection of the Dead: The Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead (Luke 24:39-43). Based on 1 Corinthians 15:21, all men will have a bodily resurrection (Acts 24:15; Romans 8:11), the saved to everlasting glory, and the unsaved to everlasting punishment (John 5:19; Revelation 20:11-15).

K. The Second Coming of Christ: The Rapture of the Church the body of Christ, and the Second Coming of Christ will be pre-millennial. He will first come to catch away the believers of this age to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58), and later He will return to the earth to receive His Millennial Kingdom, over which He will reign for 1000 years (Zechariah 14:1-5; Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:4-6).

L. The State of the Dead: Nowhere does Scripture extend the hope of salvation to the unsaved dead, but instead reveals that they will ever continue to exist in a state of conscious suffering (Luke 16:23-28; Revelation 14:11; Revelation 20:14-15; Colossians 3:6; Romans 1:21-32; John 3:36; Philippians 3:19: 2 Thessalonians 1:90.

The teaching of universalism, of probation after death, of annihilation of the unsaved dead, and of the unconscious state of the dead, saved or unsaved, are opposed by GBBI as being thoroughly unscriptural and dangerous doctrines (Luke 16:23-28; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8).