Our Statement of Faith
Because GECCS has such a broad base of ministers from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, church traditions, etc., we have carefully chosen the words for our Statement of Faith. We are very conscious that there are some words that have been the source of much division in the body of Christ and we have made every effort to explain our doctrinal position only using the word of God. We have not consulted Church counsels, organizational bylaws, and church history, the writings of the early church fathers or any other source of contention. Let God be true and all men be liars.
We have been careful to eliminate or not use words or phrases that are "Christianize" and could be misunderstood in translation or tense between our many countries, languages, dialects, and also by those who are un-churched.
This statement of Belief is for unity - not division. We encourage our ministers not to use words, terms, phrases, dogmas, definitions, etc., that are found in the Scriptures regardless of their personal feeling that the term or word is associated with Christianity. This gives continuity to our vision. It is our belief that men have used words as a source of division in the Body of Believers. We are looking for Unity.
The following is a statement of our position of basic Christian doctrines. As once stated by a great missionary, "There are certain basic Christian truths about which there must be agreement. On all other scriptures there should be liberty. In all things there must be charity." It is our resolution to take an uncompromising stand on the essential doctrines of the faith, and extend "the right hand of fellowship" to all who hold to them. It is also our resolution to protect the liberty of Christians to hold different perspectives on the "non-essential" doctrines.
We are committed to truth and accuracy in doctrine, but also understand that one can hold right doctrines and still do damage to the body of Christ by causing divisions over the non-essentials. We therefore are just as committed to the essentials Christian character, believe that "In all things there must be charity" (I Timothy 1:5). That, too is our goal and commitment as we promote the following teachings that we hold as truth.
Jesus Christ is the Word (Logos) of God. The Word was with God in the beginning, which states His pre-existence as God. "By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth" (John 1:1), therefore making Jesus the Creator. Jesus Christ is the Purpose of God found in all of creation. He is the Father's delight and desire, and the Father is looking for the reflection of His Son in all creation things (Colossians 1:16). Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. In the beginning, it was the ultimate purpose of God for all things to be summed up in Christ (Ephesians 1:10).
Jesus Christ, who pre-existed with God in the form of God, emptied Him to become fully a man that He might be the propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Through His propitiatory sacrifice made on the cross, all who believe in Him and His sacrifice have their sins remitted and we are restored to the fellowship with God lost by man's transgression.
Jesus was born of a virgin, by the seed of the Holy Spirit. His virgin birth is a testimony that only the Spirit can beget that, which is Spirit. Those of the new creation are not solely of human origin, but are born from above by the Holy Spirit. The resurrection of Jesus' physical body after His crucifixion was literal, as will be the resurrection of both the just and the unjust on the Day of Judgment.
"There is one God and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5). All who seek restoration and fellowship with God must go through Jesus and cannot approach God through any person, spirit or doctrine. It is also a supreme presumption for any person or institution to seek to be a mediator for others in place of Christ Jesus Himself.
The apostolic commission was for His followers to labor until Christ was formed in His church, to present every person complete in Christ, and to manifest the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. When Jesus is lifted up, He will draw all people to Himself. We consider it the primary purpose of GECCS to know and preach Him. And not us. We pray for the grace to continually respond to His call to return to our first Love, that we might passionately devote ourselves to pleasing Him in all things while preparing for His return.
We believe that God created man from the dust of the earth, without sin or the knowledge of good and evil. The first man, Adam, transgressed the command of God, and as God has warned, the process of death entered him and all of his descendants because of that transgression. Therefore, all have sinned are worthy of the sentence of death. Because of our unrighteousness, we are unable to approach a holy God, except, through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Through Jesus, we not only can come before the Throne of Grace, but we may approach it boldly since our confidence is not in ourselves, but in the Lord Jesus.
About The Bible: Inspired Word of God
We believe that there is only one God. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent: we believe that God revealed Himself in the Old Testament as Jehovah and in the New Testament revealed himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. Thus, Jesus Christ was and is God. In other words, Jesus is the one true God manifested (made clearly visible) in flesh, for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (John 1:1-14; I Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9).
About Living a Holy Life
We believe that God, who is holy, calls each of us into relationship with Him. This relationship with Him manifests itself in every aspect of our lives, including our families. As such, Global Evangelical Christian College & Seminary stresses and supports the family unit as God's primary institution. With the knowledge of his plan of salvation, the revelation of which He is, and the blessing of the life He equips us to lead, we believe in covenanting the Spirit - anticipating the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
About Christian Living
As Christians we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today.