About GBC

Goodwill Baptist Church has been faithfully serving the Lord Jesus Christ in the West End of Richmond for over 70 years. We are very excited about what God is doing and are committed to communicating God's timeless truth, demonstrating God's unfailing love, and living God's life-changing power.

Statement of Faith

While certainly not an exhaustive doctrinal statement, here are some of our central beliefs at Goodwill Baptist Church:

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning, and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the pastor. The Bible translation used by the church shall be determined by the Senior Pastor in agreement with the Deacon Board. The translation selected shall be as accurate to the original languages as practical, and understandable in the language of today. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)

 The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons­—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4 Matt. 28:19 2 Cor. 13:14 John 14:10, 26)

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6 Luke 1:35 John 1:1-2, 14 2 Cor. 5:19-21 Gal. 4:4-5 Phil. 2:5-8) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36 Rom. 3:24-25 1 Pet. 2:24 Eph. 1:7 1 Peter 1:3-5) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10 Heb. 9:24; 7:25 Rom. 8:34 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11 Rom. 8:9 1 Cor. 12:12-14 2 Cor. 3:6 Eph. 1:13-14) We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18 1 John 2:20, 27) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom. 12:3-8 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28 Eph. 4:7-12)

The Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27 Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23 Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 1:12 Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10 1 Pet. 1:18-19 Matt. 12:31-32; 1 John 1:9) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30 Rom. 8:1; 38-39 1 Cor. 1:4-8 1 Pet. 1:4-5) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14 Gal. 5:13 Titus 2:11-15)

The Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14 2 Cor. 11:2 Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32 1 Tim. 3:1-13 Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28 Rom. 16:1, 4 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13 1 Pet. 5:1-4) We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20 Acts 2:41-42; 18:18 1 Cor. 11:23-26)


We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1 2 Tim. 3:1-5 1 John 2:15-17 2 John 9-11 Lev. 19:28 1 Cor. 6:19-20)

The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4 Dan. 2:31-45 Zech. 14:4-11 I Thess. 1:10 1 Thess. 4:13-18 Titus 2:13 Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)