We have worked with people from all across the Body of Christ (Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Mennonites, Nazarenes, Reformed, Pentecostals, Restoration Churches, Christian Missionary Alliance, etc.). We have found that as we focus on Christ and Him crucified, we are able to serve alongside and go “on mission” with people from all over the body of Christ despite minor doctrinal nuances. We have been able to put aside those differences and focus on the majors of loving God, loving others, and making disciples as we work to see His glory among all peoples.
As a primarily mobilization and training organization, we encourage the missionaries that we equip to submit to the local churches and sending agencies that are launching them out and to honor the theological traditions from which they come. Therefore, organizationally, we do not take strong stances on certain doctrinal issues that are highly debated in Christian circles and tend to bring more division than unity. Our faith statement and beliefs are intentionally very general and written in a way that most evangelical believers can agree with. GFM does not want to isolate people or churches that desire to get trained for cross-cultural missions service by taking strong stances on theological issues like the end times, church governance, infant baptism, spiritual gift use, etc. which are usually issues secondary to salvation in Christ alone. We believe doctrine is important and encourage our staff and students to know where they stand on many different issues based on Scripture. We encourage everyone involved with GFM to make sure they are part of a local church and to join a mission sending agency with whom their personal doctrinal beliefs and theological convictions align. This will ensure submission to the sending agency’s leadership even as they are sent out by a local church.
We will list some of our beliefs that GFM as an organization has along with some supporting Scriptures. Most evangelical believers and churches would agree with what we have outlined below, so let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
[+] We believe that God is the eternal Father and Creator of all things. He has always existed in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen 1:1-3).
[+] We believe that God created man in His image (Gen. 1:27), but man rebelled against God, introducing sin into this world (Rom. 5:12). Ever since then, all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).
[+] We believe that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man, born of a virgin, died for our sins, and resurrected from the dead on the third day to freely offer salvation to all who call on and put faith in Him (Rom. 10:13). He is the only way to heaven and the only name that can be called upon to gain eternal life (Acts 4:12).
[+] We believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah and came to usher in the kingdom of God which is already here, but not yet revealed in its fullness (Mt. 4:17). He deserves to be the Savior and Lord of our lives (Rom. 10:9). As a result, we need to die to ourselves, forsake all, take up our crosses, and follow Him (Lk. 14:27).
[+] We believe that God sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to go out and be witnesses (Acts 1:8). Just as the Father sent His Son into the world, now Jesus sends us to be His ambassadors to a lost and hurting world (Jn. 20:21). The Holy Spirit gives us gifts and causes us to bear fruit in order to carry out God’s will (1 Cor. 12:11,12).
[+] We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God and the final authority and standard by which we should live (1 Tim. 3:16).
[+] We believe that love sums up the law. We need to love God with all that we are and love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt. 22:37-39). By our love will they know that we are His disciples (Jn. 13:35).
[+] We believe that every believer in the world makes up a part of the body of Christ and that God’s will for His church is that we be unified so that the world might know the Truth (Jn. 17:23).
[+] We believe that it is the responsibility of the Church to take the Gospel into the entire world as a testimony to all nations (Mt. 24:14). Every member in the body of Christ must play a role in building the kingdom of God, and taking the Good News to all creation, making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus taught (Mt. 28:18-20).
We also adhere to the Lausanne Covenant which was established in 1974 when Billy Graham gathered churches and missions organizations from over 150 nations to focus on working together to see the Gospel taken to every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.