Welcome to Gettysburg Foursquare Church
What We Believe
In essentials – unity
In non-essentials – liberty
In all things – charity
At Foursquare, we believe in the authority of the Christian scriptures for our life and practice. We hold to the essential and common Christian beliefs expressed in the historic Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Evangelical Statement of Faith.
Although membership in a Christian denomination is not essential to the Christian faith, we still believe it can be beneficial by providing relationships, support and accountability. Our local church is a member of a larger family of churches known as the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Our denomination was founded and named Foursquare because of our belief in the four-fold ministry of Jesus Christ:
Jesus is our Savior – Acts 4:12 – “Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone.”
Jesus is our Baptizer with the Holy Spirit – Luke 3:16 – John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Jesus is our Healer – I Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Jesus is our returning King – Acts 1:11 – “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
All of our beliefs are centered around the person of Jesus Christ therefore we are first and foremost concerned with having a personal relationship with Him. Jesus came because He loved the whole world therefore we love the whole world too – no exceptions.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
About the Bible
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
We believe in one personal God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in power, authority and glory.
We believe Jesus Christ to be the virgin born Son of God who lived in flesh, died for the sins of the world, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father.
About The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who regenerates and indwells every believer in Jesus, assures us of our salvation, guides us into all truth, glorifies Jesus and convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and empowers us for service.
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way for the forgiveness of sin. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation cannot be earned, it is a gift from God.
About The Church
We believe in the universal church, the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him, obeying Him and bringing the gospel to the world.
We believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth and the establishing of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, and the final judgment. We believe that our eternal destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark grew up in Modesto, California where his family attended the local Foursquare church. He began following Jesus as a child. His schooling began with a pursuit in aeronautical engineering, but plans changed when he heard God’s calling him into ministry. He graduated from LIFE Bible College in 2001. He then took a position in Washington State as a youth pastor and then associate pastor. It was there he met and married his wife, Geri. Together they are raising three amazing kids.
Mark has been the lead pastor of Gettysburg Foursquare since September 2006. During which time, he completed his master’s through Regent University.
Mark enjoys traveling, spending time with family, golfing, entertaining guests, and learning. Mark has a passion for presenting God’s Word in a practical way, raising up leaders and equipping people to maximize their full potential in Jesus.
Easy Ways to Connect
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