What We Believe

We believe the Bible is the Word of God.  We belive that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as payment for our sins, and rose from the dead on the third day.  We believe that the only way a person may go to Heaven when he dies is to first place his faith in the payment that Jesus Christ provided with His shed blood on the cross.  Great Valley Baptist Church is just that, a Baptist Church.  Once a person is saved by putting his faith in Jesus, he is commanded to be baptized by immersion to show others what took place when he trusted in Christ.  This is done in obedience to show that we have been saved, not for salvation.  We believe in participating in the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis to remember the payment Jesus made for us and to express our love to Him for that payment.  The Lord’s Supper is not kept to take us to Heaven, but to thank Jesus for His sacrifice.

We believe that the Bible is what it claims to be–the Word of God.  We take instruction from the Bible literally.  We take instruction from the Bible in all areas of life and faith, and go to it for the answers of life.  In a day when opinion polls and medial agendas steer our social conscience, we believe tht we should first seek God’s opinion on any subject before forming our own.

We believe the family unit should be strong and healthy.  The first institution God made on earth was the family.  Programs in the church are geared to help build strong families.  Great Valley provides fellowship, friendship, and support services through our social activities.  We strive to be protective to our children and present a safe, biblical, and moral ministry.

We believe the church should be the moral conscience of a community.  Since God created civil governments, we work hard to cooperate with and work together with our elected officials and civil servants.

We believe the only requirements for church membership are salvation and baptism by immersion.

We believe that it is our repsonsibility, as outlined in the Bible, to spread the Gospel to our area, to our nation, and to the world. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15)

We believe that Christians should talk, behave, live, and dress like citizens of Heaven.  The basis for these standards are found in the Bible.  We make no apology for our timeless beliefs in many areas including music, social issues, dress, and behavior.

We believe a church should not be filled with spectators but participants.  We believe a church should be described as a “spiritual hospital” where people can come for spiritual healing, not a “museum” where people gather to impress one another.  We have a first-class way of doing things.  We are careful stewards of God’s money.  We give an accurate account once a month of every check that is written, to whom, the amount, and the purpose of the check.  We strive to be honest and responsible.

We believe God’s business is the greatest business in the world!