We are the Gulf Coast Free Will Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. We believe that Church is not a building, or an event. The Church is simply a group of people on a mission to love and serve their Lord Jesus Christ, one another, and their community. We care about you, we care about your family, and we would love the opportunity to meet you, and walk with you on your journey. If you are looking for a church – we welcome you to join us in worshiping the Savior! You can find our times of worship on the home page. If you have questions about God, or what happens when we die, we would love to help you find those answers. You will hear the truth form the Bible. We use the King James Version. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for – we welcome you to come. No matter where you are on the road of life, you are welcome! leaving your request on the home page, or call: 228-234-9491 or <><> God bless, and we hope to see you soon!
The Meaning Of Our Free Will Baptist LOGO
The logo of the Free Will Baptists incorporates four symbols used by the earliest communities in Christendom: the ship, the fish, the anchor, and the cross.
In the four corners of the ship’s sail, the symbols of earliest Christianity are enhanced by modern emblems of a vital, living faith—the Holy Bible, the Loaf and Cup, the Basin and Towel and Clasped Hands —the symbols of Free Will Baptists.
The Ship symbolizes the Church and represents all the members pulling in one direction, guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Seeking to fulfill Christ’s last command to the Church, Free Will Baptists unite in one purpose with one priority to proclaim the good news of the gospel throughout the world.
The Fish, represented in the symbol by the space between the bottom of the sail and the top of the ship’s body, is one of the most popular symbols for Jesus Christ. Many believe that it was a secret symbol which identified Christians during periods of persecution. The word “fish” in the first century Greek (ichthus) is an acrostic for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
The Anchor on the bow of the ship symbolizes the Christian hope of salvation, “the sure, strong and steadfast anchor of the soul.”The Cross forms the emblem in the mast of the ship. It is the most familiar symbol in the history of the world. The Cross, an instrument of execution and death turned into a worldwide emblem of hope and love by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible has always been at the heart of our life as Free Will Baptists, the centrality of the scriptures. Free Will Baptists adopt the Word of God as our only rule of faith and practice. We believe the scriptures to be inspired, inerrant, infallible and immutable.
The Loaf and Cup represent the Lord’s supper, one of the gospel ordinances. This ordinance commemorates the death of Christ for our sins in the use of the bread which He made the emblem of His broken body and the cup the emblem of His shed blood. Participation in this ordinance expresses love for Christ, faith and hope in Him, and serves as a pledge of perpetual fidelity and faithfulness to Him.
The Basin and Towel historically symbolize the service and outreach of the church, but for us it has an added significance of representing our practice of washing the saints’ feet.
The Clasped Hands symbolize many things to us: fellowship, brotherhood and the warmth of our faith. Perhaps the most important thing symbolized by the clasped hands is our commitment to reach out to people around the world with the good news.