We Believe in Baptism, Communion, & The Church
Baptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Through baptism, we are joined with the Triune God (The Father, Son & Holy Spirit), the whole of Christ’s church and our local congregation. The water and the work of the Holy Spirit in baptism convey God’s saving grace, the forgiveness of our sins and new life in Jesus Christ. Baptism can be done at any age and is done by immersion, pouring or sprinkling. A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life. Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.
The Lord’s Supper is open to all who love Christ, earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. You do not need to be a certain age or a member of the church. We partake in Communion, celebrating the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month and in special services and holidays. Through offering ourselves in praise and thanksgiving and through receiving the bread and cup – which the Spirit makes for us the body and blood of Christ – celebrating the Lord’s Supper together nourishes and sustains us in our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34.
We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip us for the work of ministry, God has given each of us spiritual gifts. We also affirm the importance of every Christian being a part of a local church, for spiritual growth, support and ministry to others. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 9-10.