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WHAT WE BELIEVE

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired, infallible and inerrant Word. The Bible is
authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives. Matthew 5:17-18; 24:35; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21


GOD THE FATHER


God is a Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is our Creator, all-powerful, all-knowing, and
all-present, yet shows his love for us by giving us the ability to choose him.  Exodus
3:14; Psalm 11:4-5; 34:8; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4;  Deuteronomy 30:19;
The Father is a God of love, mercy, grace, justice, and holiness, always looking out for his
children and desires His very best for them.  Romans 8:15, 32; 5:8; John 3:16; Malachi 4:6; Luke
12:24; James 1:17; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2


JESUS CHRIST


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was and is the eternal Son of God; that He became
man and was born of the virgin Mary.  Matthew 1:23; Luke 24:39; John 1:1-4,John 1:14
We believe in His sinless life, death, and resurrection, and that He left us an example by
modeling the Christian life through His ministry.  Acts 1:9; 2:22; 10:38; 1 1 Corinthians 15:4; 2 Cor
5:21; Eph 4:8-10; Hebrews 9:12; 1 Peter 2:22


HOLY SPIRIT


We believe that the Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son, convicts the world
concerning sin, regenerates and sanctifies believers, and guides them into all truth.
 Ephesians 1:13-14; Luke 11:13; John 14:26; 16:8-11;Romans 8:14; 1 Peter 1:2
We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to
be filled (controlled) by the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives inside every born-again
believer. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7


SALVATION


We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives and in
order to receive forgiveness and be “born again,” we must repent of our sins, believe in the
Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.  Romans 5:12-21; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; 1 Peter
1:23; 1 John 5:1

 

The Believer's Baptism

 

Who should be baptized?

  1. Only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
    Acts 8:36-38 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
    Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

  2. There is no place in Scripture where unbelievers were baptized. Therefore, infants were never baptized because they have not reached the age where they could understand the necessity of believing upon Christ as Savior and Lord.

Why should believers be baptized?

  1. The Lord commanded baptism in the Great Commission.
    Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

What is the meaning of baptism?

  1. We identify ourselves with Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
    Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore, we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

What is the method of baptism?

  1. We practice the Biblical Method of Immersion.
    Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.

  2. Jesus gave us the example when He was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.

Why is baptism so important?

  1. When a Christian is baptized, he or she publicly witnesses to their faith in Jesus Christ. Through the act of baptism, we are telling those watching that we have been saved by the grace of God, and are not ashamed to proclaim Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.