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Gibraltar Bible Baptist Church exists because of the word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are sinners who have been rescued from sin by Jesus Christ. Though we have different backgrounds, ethnicities, opinions, and personalities, we find commonality in the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

We gather each week to worship the one true God revealed in the Bible. We're grateful for the privilege He has given us to worship, live, and serve in our local community. This is our purpose: to glorify God through biblical worship, fellowship, discipleship, and evangelism.

 

We rely on God's grace to give us true unity to function together as one body in Jesus Christ, submitted to the Word of God and committed to living that Word out in our daily lives.

 

Who We Are

We seek to create an atmosphere where lives can be brought into harmony with a personal God and real people. It’s happening in a wonderful way through a balanced emphasis on true worship, caring fellowship, faithful discipleship, meaningful service, and loving outreach. It’s God’s way to make a difference by meeting people’s deepest needs.

Worship services each weekend provide the opportunity to worship through music, prayer, the Lord’s Supper (communion), baptism, and careful and passionate teaching from the Bible.

Fellowship needs are met through various classes and caring groups. Our church is characterized by members who love God, the word of God, and their fellow man.

Service opportunities are provided in many areas to enable our members to discover and develop their gifts and talents and to employ them in meaningful ministry to others.​

Whether you come as a family or as an individual, you are welcome in our family and encouraged to be involved in any of our ministries.  

 

What to Expect

Walking into a church for the first time can be intimidating, so we want you to help you know what to expect when you visit Gibraltar Bible Baptist Church.

 

We promise not to embarrass you or point you out. If you wish you can fill out a guest card and we’ll follow up with you later. You can come knowing you are in the midst of a group of broken people, whom all need God’s grace.

What to Wear

Most of the people in our church will dress for our worship services in comfortable, semi-casual attire.  This can vary from a collared shirt to a coat and tie.  But come as you are–we’d love to have you stop by in jeans and a t-shirt if that’s how you’re most comfortable.

Children

During our 9:30am Sunday School, we offer classes for every age group. We have dedicated and trained Bible teachers who carefully teach the Bible to young people from the toddler age all the way up through high school. During the 10:30am Morning Worship service, we offer a “junior church” for children five years old through the fifth grade. Children sixth grade and above sit in the service with their parents. We offer infant and preschool childcare for every service.

Greeters

Our greeters will meet you at the front door. If you have any questions about where to go or what to expect, do not hesitate to ask them! They are friendly and glad to help.

Guest Card

Our ushers will offer you a thank-you booklet and guest card. The guest card helps us keep track of folks who visit with us and gives us another opportunity to thank you for your visit. Filling out a guest card is completely up to you.

The Worship Service

Our church services are worshipful, encouraging times of music and teaching. We are grateful to be able to sing and worship in traditional music styles, incorporating songs both old and new. Pastor Judd is committed to solid Bible exposition, and preaches carefully and passionately.

After the Service

If you have a need that you would like someone to pray for, feel free to meet Pastor Judd after the service and talk to him personally.

 

Meet the Team

Judd Bladine

Senior Pastor

Judd served as an assistant pastor at GBBC from July of 2016 to August of 2020. After several months of ministering as interim pastor, Judd accepted the call to serve as senior pastor November 8th, 2020. Pastor Judd and his wife Megan have three children: Lydia, Anna, and Timothy.

 

Graduated:

  • BBS Missions (Northland Baptist Bible College) 2010

  • MDIV Theology (Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary) 2019

Deacons

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Craig Wallace
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Jim Abbott
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Steve Hill
 

What We Believe

The Scriptures

We believe that the Bible, exclusively comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is the Word of God, verbally and plenarily inspired, in the original manuscripts. It is therefore infallible and inerrant in all matters to which it speaks.

We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinion will be tried (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity, coequal and coeternal with God the Father and God the Spirit, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order to reveal God, redeem sinful man, and ultimately to establish God’s eternal kingdom.

We believe that Jesus Christ, being incapable of and wholly without sin, freely bore the guilt and punishment of the sins of all mankind on the cross; rose bodily from the dead three days thereafter; and is now seated in heaven functioning as our Intercessor, Advocate, and High Priest (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1,2,18; Romans 3:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1).

Angels & Satan

We believe that, prior to God’s bringing the earth into existence, He created an innumerable host of personal spirit beings called angels.

We believe that Satan was one of those angels who, because of pride and ambition, rebelled against and became the eternal enemy of God; that he gathered to himself other angels now called demons; and that he became the ruler of all the powers of darkness. Satan is the great adversary of God and His children. Though Satan and his demons are both influential and powerful, they are limited by God, were defeated at the cross, and ultimately will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Job 38:6-7; Matthew 4:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10).

Salvation

We believe that in order to be saved sinners must be born again; that the provision of salvation is through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Who is the only acceptable sacrifice for sinful man; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of faith, repentance, and newness of life (John 3:3,8; Acts 16:20-33; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; 1 John 5:1; 2 Peter 1:4).

The Security & Perseverance of Believers

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God and are secure in His salvation; that they, by means of the Spirit’s power, will continue in their commitment to Christ and His gospel, and the cardinal doctrines of Biblical Christianity; that they will develop in personal purity and holiness realizing the potential of divine blessings or chastisement (John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 15:2; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:22-23; Hebrews 3:14; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 2:3-6; 3:3; 5:16-17).

Baptism & the Lord's Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful depiction our identification with and commitment to the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through whom we died to sin and rose to a new life. We believe that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church, and that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death, burial, and resurrection until He comes, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. Participants in the Lord’s Supper should be immersed believers (Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that those in authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in those things opposed to the will of God (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17).

The True God

We believe that God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end.

We believe that God eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This triunity is identical in nature; having the same attributes and perfection; equal in power and glory; deserving the same honor, praise, and obedience; worthy of all worship and adoration; distinct in function; and working harmoniously to accomplish the Divine plan of God (1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 18:30; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 1:16-17).

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, coequal and coeternal with, and having the same nature as God the Father and God the Son, was active in creation, inspiration, and the incarnation. He functions today by restraining sin and Satan; convicting men of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and regenerating, baptizing, indwelling, sealing, illuminating, sanctifying, and bestowing gifts to believers (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We believe the gifts of tongues and healing were given to some early Christians as a temporary sign confirming God’s Word and authenticating their message, but are not applicable since the completion of God’s written revelation as found in the Scriptures. The present-day Charismatic, tongues/healing phenomenon may be explained as psychological, fraudulent, emotional, and/or demonic in nature, and has no biblical basis whatsoever (1 Corinthians 12-14).

Man

We believe that on the sixth day of creation, God created man from the dust of the infant earth and breathed into him the breath of life; and that the Genesis account of Creation is fully accurate, God’s creative acts being completely apart from any evolutionary process.

We believe that Adam was created in the image of God in a state of innocence (or untested holiness) but by a voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, thus bringing physical and spiritual death upon the entire human race; that because Adam is our representative all mankind are now sinners by nature and conduct; are totally depraved, alienated from the life and family of God; are deserving of God’s eternal condemnation; and have no possible means of salvation within themselves (Genesis 1-2; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-19; 5:12,19).

With regard to human sexuality, we believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5-13; 26:8-11; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:21-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 9-11; 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother or child are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:24; Jeremiah 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

Justification

We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous on the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer and His death on our behalf. (Romans 3:24; 4:5; 5:1-9; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9)

The Church

We believe in the One True Church, the body and bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, into which all believers of the present age are placed; and that the members of this spiritual body should assemble themselves together in local churches (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 5:23-32).

We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers associated by the covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors (elders) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in The Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men, the edification of the saints, and the worship of God in all of its services and activities. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Chief Shepherd is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for our church to cooperate with other churches of like precious faith in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation, and that on all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church (in accordance with the Scriptures) is final (Acts 2:41-42; 20:17-28; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 5:4).

Separation

We believe in the Biblical doctrine of separation which encompasses the following: (1) the separation of the local church from all affiliation, fellowship, and cooperation with those who deny the doctrines of the true Christian faith (such as The World and National Council of Churches), and groups which endorse the attitudes of the Neo (New) Evangelicals. We believe that the church should refuse to be involved in compromising alliances, even with well-meaning evangelical people, whereby its testimony would be impaired and its position confused. Specifically we reject the idea that our church should cooperate with unbelievers and apostate churches even if by so doing beneficial results may seem to be produced (2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:5; 2 John 9-11); (2) the separation of the individual believer from all worldly practices that would dishonor Christ (Ephesians 5:11; Hebrews 12:1-2); (3) and that all believers should be separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).

Future Events

We believe that Christ will return for (“rapture”) the saints of this age at a time known only to God; that this coming is imminent and will take place prior to the outpouring of God’s wrath in the seven-year period known as the tribulation. Following the seven-year tribulation period, Jesus Christ will return with the raptured saints (His “Second Coming”) to defeat the Antichrist and his armies and to institute God’s Kingdom on earth. This literal 1,000 year reign of Christ (the “millennium”) will then be followed by the Great White Throne Judgment, the destruction of the present heavens and earth, the creation of new heavens and a new earth, and the establishment of the eternal kingdom. (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:4-31; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-17; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 19:7, 11-21; 20:1-22:5)

We seek to be Word-driven and Christ-centered.

The Word of God governs our life, and we believe the Bible points to Jesus Christ. The Bible is God's written Word—His communication to us of who He is, what He does, and what He expects of us. The Bible alone holds the authoritative answers to the questions of life and eternity.

 

The written Word is a reflection of the Living Word, Jesus Christ. It is our reliable, sufficient rule for faith and practice.

We seek to be timeless in our message.

Because we believe the gospel is central and that our church life should be governed by the Word of God, we practice expository, Christ-centered preaching. We strive to make our message accessible to everyone, while still preaching the full counsel of God.

 

Our message is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We seek to share this message compassionately with the hurting to make a difference in our community, while also engaging in committed missions efforts throughout the world.

We seek to be relevant in our vision.

We believe that the Bible is relevant and contains everything we need to face the problems of life today. We are ordinary people who submit to the work of God in our hearts to change us to become more like His Son, Jesus. We desire to change, not because we thereby gain favor with God, but because we desire to grow in our love for Him.