WE KNOW THAT OUR KNOWLEDGE IS FRAGMENTARY, SO WE PROFESS THE PRINCIPLE OF "UNITY IN ESSENTIALS, FREEDOM IN OTHERS, BUT CHARITY IN ALL THINGS", AND, DESPITE POSSIBLE THEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES, WE ARE IN SPIRITUAL FELLOWSHIP WITH ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.
The Bible is God's word for all people. The Bible was inspired by God and written and compiled by men under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We believe that God's Word, infallible, isapplicable to our daily lives .
There is only one God, who is the Creator of the universe and exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are identical in their divine attributes but different in their roles.
God is our heavenly Father. The Father is caring, loving and faithful to His people and his promises. God is powerful: all power, all knowledge is His, He is everywhere present, unchanging, and worthy of our trust. He is above all, holy and good. In Him we live, move and have are being.
Jesus Christ is both man and God. He is the only way to restore man's original relationship with God. He lived a sinless life so that He could become our perfect substitute and atoning sacrifice for our sins before God . By his death He redeemed us from sin, and by His resurrection He conquered death and thus gave us life.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The presence of the Holy Spirit guarantees our relationship with Jesus Christ. He points to the reality of Christ, convicts people of sin and leads us into all truth. He is the one who communicates with us, who comforts us, who gives us spiritual gifts and forms Christ in us.
Man was created for eternal existence, which he can spend in two ways. Separated from God by our sins, or with God through forgiveness and redemption. Those who reject the grace offered by God in their earthly lives will be damned and go to a place of eternal judgment, but those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will spend eternity with God in a recreated world.
Redemption is possible only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. When man receives by faith Jesus' death and resurrection, God forgives all his sins and receives him as His child. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned by our own efforts, but is available to all who call upon Him.
The church is a community of believers in Christ who are committed to following and obeying the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are called to preach the gospel in the world until Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead. The church functions in unity and love, with the ultimate goal of giving Christ all the glory.
25 years ago, God called some men from Calvary Chapel in the US to preach the gospel in Central Europe. Greg Opean, who later became the first pastor of our church, came with this team to what was then Yugoslavia, from where he moved first to Baja and then to Esztergom.
At first, a group of students from Budapest travelled down to Esztergom every week for Bible study at the Golgota Church, and when there were more of them, Greg started coming to Budapest to study the Bible with these young people. From this small nucleus, the Golgota church in Budapest was born. The congregation met in several smaller places, and we spent a summer on Margaret Island (the summer when it didn't rain!), then we moved to our current location, the Híradó Cinema on Erzsébet körút, in 2001. As the congregation grew, smaller fellowsips and ministries within the congregation and to the city were formed, and several congregations in Hungary started through Golgota in Budapest.
During this time Phil Metzger was the director of our bible school in Vajta, from where he visited Budapest as a guest teacher more and more often. In September 2006 Greg asked Phil to lead the new Sunday evening services. Then the following summer, Greg felt the Lord calling him and his family back to California. He then asked Phil to take over the leadership of the church. Over the next period, the church continued to grow, which is why the three services on Sundays started. After more than 10 years of leadership, Phil was asked to take over the San Diego church and he gave the leadership of the Hungarian Golgota to Jani Németh, who had previously served as Phil's assistant pastor and prior to that he led the church Esztergom. For nearly 20 years, Calvary Chapel in the US helped with the work in Hungary, and now the entire leadership of Golgota is Hungarian. Since then, we have continued to experience God's immeasurable blessing and leading in the Hungarian ministry.
25 years ago God called a few people, and now He is calling us all. He is calling us to do things we never dreamed possible. He is calling us to proclaim grace and bring change to this country. God's plan is the same today as it was 25 years ago.
I got saved in Esztergom as a skateboarding high school student through some American guys. First I was a worship leader there, then a pastor. From there we started the church in Tatabánya, and then moved to Budapest with my wife Kata and our three children Adam, Eszter and Balázs. I love Lake Balaton and I like fishing in my free time.
My wife, Moncsi, and I have been coming here for over 20 years, so we have been able to watch Golgota grow into a "large congregation". We love being part of this community, half of our lives are here, our friends are here, we had our wedding here. I used to serve full time in the church and now I work as a film director. I love to teach at the church and to go to cinemas and theatres in my free time.
I came to Hungary through a long journey. I was born in South Africa and served in Arizona as a worship leader and pianist. I came to Hungary at Greg's call to serve the churches here. Here we started the Golgota Gospel Choir which I love leading. I also like spending time with people.
DR. SÁNDOR MOLNÁR
I was converted in 1989 and have been attending our church since '97. It was here that I met my wife, with whom we have since had a beautiful son. For ten years I led the Monday night Bible study, which I left in order to study theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. I also teach and do academic research at the BME. When I can, I love to travel with my family and explore the natural beauty of the world.
I had been going to church since I was a child, but I decided to follow Jesus when I was a university student. I have been involved in the life of the Budapest church from the beginning, and now I lead the Golgota in Békás and the castle in Vajta. In my spare time, I like to garden, and work on our house and I enjoy all kinds of sports.
1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 13.
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Year after year, our church is supported by various successful tenders, for which we are thankful to God!