Beliefs and Vision

Church Vision

In early 2005, Jon and Angela Colyer felt the leading of the Lord to leave their home in Canada and move to the West Midlands and plant a church. They moved to England at the end of that year and in January 2006, the dream became a reality and Gateway Christian Centre was born with the simple motto that ‘Passion Gathers Here’.

Gateway began meeting at the Oldbury Academy (formerly Langley High School) in Moat Road, Oldbury with just a handful of people and a vision: To open a gateway for the presence and power of God to touch people’s lives, and change the spiritual climate of the region.

We have a strong emphasis on worship, the Word and ministry to our children and young people. Today more than 500 people call Gateway home and we give God all the glory for the things He has done.

Beliefs

1. THE SCRIPTURES
The Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God.
It is the foundation for all life. The Bible’s authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to,
subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. We accept the New Covenant, as recorded in the New
Testament, as our infallible guide in matters of conduct and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians
2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

2. THE GODHEAD
A. God the Father:
God the Father is the Creator and sustainer of all things, and created the universe in love to respond
to Him. He created man in His own image for fellowship, and called man back to Himself through
Christ after the rebellion and fall of man (John 17:3; Hebrews 11:3; Galatians 1:3).
B. The Son:
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning,
and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate
by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures, God and
Man, in one Person (John 1:1; Philippians 2:6-8, Luke 1:35).
C. The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament, and given to
the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man
from the old nature, and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit,
subsequent to conversion, is a gift from God as promised by Jesus to all believers. It releases the
fullness of the Spirit and is initially evidenced by a heavenly prayer language given by Holy Spirit
Himself (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:4,38-39; 19:1-7).

3. MAN AND HIS FALL
We believe man is a created being made in the likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:26-28). But
through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “For all have sinned and come short
of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one” (Romans
3:10).

4. THE ATONEMENT
Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits
are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as personal Saviour. Healing – body, soul, and spirit –
is provided for in the atonement, as well as all of God’s provisions for His saints, but these must be
appropriated (Galatians 3:13; Romans 10:9-13).

5. SALVATION
We believe Jesus Christ came to the earth to undo the work of the devil. He gave His life and shed
His blood to redeem man and to restore his relationship with God (1 John 3:8). Man’s first step
towards salvation is godly sorrow; not merely feelings of guilt, but a genuine repentance that brings
change. Jesus said that, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3)
Anyone born again by God’s Spirit is a new creation and a child of God who will inherit eternal life (2
Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
Salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by
grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the confession of Him as Saviour and Lord. (Ephesians 2:8;
Romans 10:8-10).
Salvation is an act of free will in response to God’s personal love for mankind. It is predestined only in
the sense that God, through His omniscience, foreknew those who would choose Him. It is secure in
the eternal, unchanging commitment of God who does not lie and is forever the same.
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however it should produce an active
lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Saviour (I John 2:6).

6. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us
as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision
for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever.
The Bible teaches that, “Without holiness no man can see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). We believe that
man is sanctified, that is made pure and righteous in the sight of God, at the point of salvation.
However, he then enters a process of cleansing and maturing as he grows in his faith
(1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30). The
shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still progressing sanctification of
the saints.
The Christian life is filled with trials, tests, and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in
Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are
assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit
and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; 2
Corinthians 10:5).

7. FORGIVENESS
If any believer sins, he has a Mediator with the Father, Jesus Christ the Saviour, and therefore, if he
confesses his sin, “He is faithful and just to forgive him his sin and to cleanse him from all
unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9-2:1).

8. WATER BAPTISM AND THE LORDS SUPPER
The Word of God enjoins on the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. Both
ordinances are restricted to those who are believers.
A. Water Baptism:
Baptism in water by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord.
It is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life, and is a testimony to all
that the person now belongs to Jesus. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with
Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-
38). The following confession is made at baptism: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and
the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
B. The Lords Supper:
The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and a sign of our participation in Him.
It is done in remembrance of Him and all He purchased for us in His sacrifice on the cross: that is our
salvation, deliverance, healing, sanctification and freedom from the curse of sin.
“And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, This is my body which is for you. Do this in
remembrance of me. In the same way also the cup, when He had supped saying, This cup is the new
covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me. Let a man examine
himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Corinthians 11:24,25,28).

9. THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST
Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the
grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life (Acts 2:31-32). Christ did truly rise
again from the dead and ascended into Heaven and is seated at the Father’s right hand where, “He
ever liveth to make intercession” for all believers (Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 7:25)

10. ESCHATOLOGY
“This same Jesus shall so come in like manner.” His coming is imminent. When he comes, the dead
in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air …” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
There will take place a bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, a resurrection of the
saints, and “catching up” of the church. There will take place a Great Tribulation, a millennial reign
(Revelation 20:6), and the final judgment.

11. HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined
by their relationship to Jesus Christ. The one who physically dies in his sin without Christ is
hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing
the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms eternal’ and everlasting’ used in
describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire carry the same thought
and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the
presence of God (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15).

12. THE CHURCH
The church is a worldwide body of believers, which operates through various groups of local
believers, all different, yet worthy of respect and love. The goal of the Church is to make disciples of
all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ (Mark 16:15).
We are all called to be members of a local church and to fulfill the Great Commission, the work
started by the Lord Jesus. He is the Head and we are the body, His hands, feet and mouth here on
the earth (Ephesians 1:22-23).
Jesus has sent gifts to the church, pastors, evangelists, apostles, prophets and teachers. Their job is
to train, guide and mature believers, so that they can fulfill their own God-given dreams and purposes,
develop into the men and women of God they were designed to be, and do the work of the ministry.
We are called not to be spectators, but servants; participants and contributors to the work of the local
church. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:11-15; Hebrews 12:23).
Jesus established the church to bring the redemptive power of the cross to people of all nations. To
empower people to meet life based upon the work of the cross, to consider their actions and goals in
the light of eternity, and to live in a manner that will draw other people to the love of Christ
(Colossians 3:17).

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