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Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Whether you are a long time resident in this area, or a newcomer to our city, please take the time to join us for worship. Visitors are always welcome and our doors are open to you and your family.
Thank you for visiting Gibsonia Baptist’s Website. You are invited to join us at any of the following services:
Sunday 9 & 10AM & 5PM
Wednesday 6:30PM
We exist to introduce Jesus to those that do not
know Him and to encourage each other to live out
God’s Word by His Marvelous Grace.
What we believe
We believe that all the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, and they are without error in the original writings, and they are the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
We believe in one God, Creator and sustainer of the universe, Who is eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, His death to pay the penalty for everyone’s sins, His bodily resurrection, His exaltation at God’s right hand, and His personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial return.
We believe that all have sinned and are therefore guilty before God and are under His condemnation and have no ability on our own or in ourselves to be justified before God and are in need of the mercy and grace of God available only through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
We believe that all who by faith receive Jesus Christ are then born again of the Holy Spirit, therefore children of God and eternally saved, and that the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer to enlighten, guide, and enable the believer in life, testimony, and service. We believe that God answers the prayers of His people and meets their needs according to His purpose.

We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to all believers for the building up of the body of Christ. However, the miraculous sign-gifts of the Spirit, such as tongues and healings, were limited to the early church.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in Glory and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in hell.

We believe that all believers are called to a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices and alliances.

We adhere to The Baptist Faith and Message, a statement adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention June 14, 2000.

Please visit our Facebook page to view sermons and other current posts.

An open letter to the Gibsonia Baptist Church family and friends – March 20, 2020

We are experiencing a time of uncertainty like none of us have ever lived through. The threat of the non-discriminating, formidable and unseen foe known as the coronavirus is shaking the world. Governments and business around the world are being affected by this microscopic enemy. Even the local church is being challenged to deal with this force that, a few months ago, seemed like the plot of a science-fiction movie.

We, as believers in Christ, are strengthened with the truth that we find in a very familiar song that has be recited for thousands of years. The song is the 23rd Psalm. Within its verses we read that God will take care of us as a shepherd takes care of his sheep but there are times in our lives that cause us to doubt this loving hand of God. We are in the dark and all alone and fear grows stronger. That is why the phrase “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” is in this amazing song of God’s provision. When we are in the darkest times of our lives, God is there with us. The verse goes on to say “Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me”. God’s rod and His staff are the truths and promises He has made and although we cannot see the outcome ourselves we can continue to trust His Word.

I want to assure you that although we cannot see beyond today and our ability to conduct “business as usual” is all but gone for an undetermined period of time our foundation is not shaken and our purpose as a church is not only clear but it is being refined. Our purpose is, and always has been to love God and love anyone that is around us. The church does that by trusting God and living by faith in a way that it is visible to all that know us and speak of God’s love and salvation that is available through Jesus Christ. We, as a church, will continue to do that regardless of the effects of the virus.

A separate post will outline our strategy for ministry and worship for the unforeseeable future. Although we are not meeting publicly, please stay connected through phone calls, letters and through social media. Please remember to be Biblically correct, encouraging and loving in all of your contacts. Remember, God’s divine calling for every Christian is to love our neighbor as ourselves so, please, cautiously help and care for those around you in the love of Christ.

Your servant in Christ,

Mark Goheen, Pastor

Ministry and Worship plans for Gibsonia Baptist Church


No public gatherings will be held at the church until further notice.

Services and Bible Studies will be available online

  • Facebook: @GibsoniaBaptist
  • Website: www.gibsoniabaptist.org
    • we are in the process of enhancing our abilities to provide a better site
  • We are currently working on the ability to provide quality video-driven Bible studies through a video source similar to Netflix called RightNowMedia. More info will be available soon.

Hospital and home visitation

  • Per hospital administration guidelines church staff and members will not visit those that are admitted in the hospital except in cases where the patient is critically or terminally ill.
  • We will not make in home visits unless requested by a member.

Giving of tithes, gifts and offerings

Although this is a hard and touchy subject for many people, it is necessary. The church will continue to have expenses throughout this time of crisis and its only source of income are the gifts and support from its members and friends. Some may give more, some less, but our God is able to provide all our needs and He will.

Here are some ways to be faithful in your giving and support:

  • Mail a check to the church
  • Drop by your offering at the church office on Monday or Thursday.
  • If you have online banking with your bank, set Gibsonia Baptist Church up as a payee and they will mail us a check for your monetary gift. They will only send the amount that you specify and only when you tell them. This option is free to you and to the church. You don’t even pay the postage. You will need to set up the church as a payee with the following information:

Gibsonia Baptist Church

5540 US Hwy 98 N

Lakeland, FL 33809-0519


There is no account number but you can designate your gift in the memo

  • Give online though our website.
    • There is a cost.

Please call the office if you have any questions.