The mission of Gethsemane Baptist Church is to proclaim God’s Word and make disciples of Jesus Christ, serving to build the kingdom of God, all to the glory of God. We value:
Authority, Inerrancy, and Sufficiency of Scripture
We recognize that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the ultimate source of spiritual and moral authority, and is sufficient for equipping and training God’s people.
(John 17:17; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:19-21)
Expository Preaching and Teaching of the Word of God
Our primary focus is to glorify the Lord through the teaching of His Word to every member of the body. Expository preaching and teaching is the method which seeks to uncover the original intended meaning for any given text of Scripture within its normal, literal, historical, and grammatical context. Sound doctrine and strong theology should be faithfully and systematically drawn from God’s Holy Word and not from the musings of our own minds or the pressures of the current culture.
(Acts 20:27; Col 1:28; 1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim 2:15)
We believe that God alone works to save His children, summed up in the Five Solas of the Reformation: standing on Scripture alone, we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. We trust the sovereignty of God over all aspects of His creation.
(Rom 8:28-30; Eph 1:3-8; Col 1:13-18; 1 Tim 1:5)
God-Exalting, Christ-Centered Corporate Worship
Our main purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. When we come together, we aspire to proclaim God’s greatness and His work of redemption in Christ and to respond with confession, thanksgiving, and praise. We worship Him through singing, reading Scripture, praying together, receiving instruction from God’s Word, observing baptism, and sharing the Lord’s Supper. We believe that it is beneficial and right for our children to be present with the body during worship services. As God is glorified, the church is purified and edified, and the lost are evangelized.
(Ps 34:3; Luke 10:27; John 4:23-24; Rom 11:36; Eph 5:19-21)
Fellowship of the Local Body
United as one body because of our shared faith in Jesus Christ, as brothers and sisters in one family, we commit to teach and help one another grow to maturity in knowing, obeying, and enjoying God. Each of us has been given gifts to be used for the building up of the body. As we regularly meet together, we are able to love, serve, encourage, exhort, and admonish one another in the faith.
(Prov 27:17; Acts 2:42; Rom 14:19; Eph 4:1-3; 1 Thess 5:11; Heb 10:24-25; 1 Pet 4:10-11; 2 Pet 3:18;)
Personal Evangelism/Global Missions
We desire to glorify God and exalt Christ by reaching unbelievers with the good news of Jesus Christ both locally and globally. We are to be salt and light in the world. A sanctified life will bear strong witness to the saving power of Jesus Christ, but witness alone will not accomplish salvation. The gospel must be preached explicitly with words.
(Matt 5:13-16, 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Rom 1:16, 10:17)
God created both man and woman in His image, equal in value and worth. We affirm that God has designed them each with unique traits to fulfill distinct roles in the family, in the church, and in society.
(Gen 1:26-27, 2:18; Gal 3:28-29; Eph 5:23-27)