What we believe matters. What you believe matters too. Our lives are affected by what we believe and know to be true. Scripture is clear in its warning to not be conformed to the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2). This can only happen if we believe the right things. That’s why we, like the Reformers before us and the Apostles before them, insist on the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures. In order to do right, we must think right. This all starts with the very Word of God. We affirm the Bible as the authoritative Word of God.
From the time of the Apostles to today, Christians have laid out doctrine (beliefs) in brief, definitive statements. As those who know God, we believe it necessary to set forth in a concise fashion the cornerstone truths of our church as guided by Scripture. Our Statement of Faith summarizes essential Christian beliefs, shows unity in Christ, and guards the church from error. Statements do not invent doctrine, but rather declare it.
We are committed to historic Baptist principles. These historic/traditional Baptist doctrines, principles, and polity as set forth in the following are representative of what we, as Baptists, have confessed (with some caveats) since the days of the Reformation.
While the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 is the only official confessional document at GBBC, we also affirm the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, the Nashville Statement, and The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel. These statements clarify our general posture on the subjects of inerrancy, gender identity, gender roles, and social justice.
Our Denominational Affiliations
Although we hold firmly to the autonomy, individual rights, and privileges of the local independent church, we do choose to affiliate with certain like-minded organizations. We are Baptist by conviction and Southern Baptist by choice. We are supporting and active members of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, and the New Sunbury Baptist Association.