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Our Statement of Faith in what We believe:

 


The Holy Bible is the Infallible, Inerrant and Inspired Word of God written by men under the inspiration of His Holy Spirit. The Bible is our unquestionable authority for all Doctrine, Faith and Practices.

 

The Salvation of a man's soul and spirit is found in the acceptance of the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ---His birth, death and resurrection---as presented in the Holy Bible by faith alone and not by works. Salvation is by God's Grace alone.

 

God is the Eternal Living and Creator Trinity---God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. He is the only Living and Personal God. He is revealed to man in His Creation, His Word, the Holy Bible, and by His Holy Spirit.

 

When man accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit will indwell him and will reveal his Justification (forgiveness of sins) as real and will lead to his Sanctification and Glorification in Jesus Christ.

 

There is only one way to heaven and that is found in Jesus Christ alone. There is no other way that is taught in the Holy Scriptures.

 

You must be indwelled by the Holy Spirit to know the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit you do not have Salvation

 


Jesus Christ is Diety, and the Son of God.  He was miraculously conceived and born by the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus was both full God and fully man (the God-man) born Holy in nature and without sin

 

 

Our Core Values:

 

Our Core Values are found in the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, Galatians 5: 22-23. "In Jesus Christ we have crucified our natural spirit with its passions and desires and have been re-born in the Holy Spirit to a life filled with: love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (my emphasis in verses quoted)."

 
I (we) have been crucified with Christ and I (we) no longer live, but Christ lives in me (us). The life I (we) live in the body, I (we) live by faith in the Son of God who loved me (us) and gave himself for me (us). I (we) do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained throught the law, Christ died for nothing," Galatians 2:20-21 NIV. (emphases added).
 
 
Church Sacrament: Baptism

 

Jesus, before He ascended gave His Church a commandment; today we call that commandment the “Great Commission.”  In this commandment He included the physical baptizing of those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  I quote His commandment as follows:

 

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen,’” Matthew 28: 18-20 KJV. 

 

It has long been held in the teachings of the Church, at least in my lifetime and in the churches I have attended or been a member of, that baptism is not required for salvation.  I am not going to make a judgment one way or the other except to say that I do believe baptism is an outward, public symbol and testimony to the world that one has believed in the Gospel Message---Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection---and by baptism one is announcing their faith and belief in the resurrected Christ.

 

“We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life,” Romans 6:1-4.

 

 

Early believers in Christ were baptized.  In the book of Acts is recorded the filling of the Holy Spirit (the Holy Ghost in earlier translations) and the speaking in known languages on the day of Pentecost (when the Spirit was fully come) in the Apostles.  On that day, the crowd of hearers when they heard the speaking of the Apostles in their own languages were convicted in their hearts when Peter stood and explained the good news they were hearing.  When they asked Peter what they were to do, Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 2:37-38. It is recorded that about three thousand accepted the words of Peter and were baptized on that day.

 

Other examples, paraphrased by author from the biblical text of Acts, can be cited such as:

 

  • Philip preached the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ in the city of Samaria and baptized many (Acts 8);

 

  • Philip was told by an angel to arise and go down from Jerusalem toward Gaza and meet on the way an Ethiopian, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. Philip did as he was told and when meeting him preached Jesus unto him. The eunuch believed in his heart that Jesus was the Son of God and requested to be baptized.  When they came from the water, Philip was whisk away by the Spirit of the Lord and the eunuch saw him no more (Acts 8);

 

  • Paul met Lydia of the city of Thyatira in the city of Philippi of Macedonia on a Sabbath.  Her heart was open when Paul spoke of Christ and she and her household were baptized (Acts16);

 

  • Paul and Silas were in prison for casting out a spirit of divination from a young girl.  While in prison the doors of the prison were opened by a great earthquake. When the “keeper of the prison” sought to kill himself thinking his prisoners had all escaped, Paul and Silas consoled Him; when asked what he must do to be saved, they (Paul and Silas), said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, thou shall be saved. After talking to the keeper and his family concerning Jesus, the keeper and his family were baptized (Chapter 16).

 

 

John the Baptist was anointed to prepare the way for Jesus, the Jewish Messiah.  He preached, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near,” Matthew 3:1-4, and did so in fulfilling the prophesy of the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah. Many went out to him from Jerusalem, Judea and the region of Jordon confessing their sins and being baptized in the river Jordan.

 

Jesus came to John the Baptist to “fulfill all righteousness,” and to be baptized.  When John baptized Jesus, Jesus “…went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:16-17.

 

Obedience to Jesus Christ must be foremost in a Christian’s journey. Although there is no direct commandment that baptism is required for salvation, I believe public baptism is a part of one’s spiritual journey and more is to be gain by being baptized than not being. 

 

I have been baptized twice.  My first time was when I was in my early twenties when I officially joined a Baptist church; I was saved at the age of fifteen.  My second time was when I was in my late sixties.  I was baptized in the Jordan river by my pastor while on a trip to the Holy Land. There was no need for a second baptism, and I was not being compelled to do so. The Holy Land is a special place and to be submerged in the river Jordan as was Jesus over two thousand years ago is my testimony to Him as my Lord and Savior.

 

It is my personal belief that all who profess and possess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior should want to be baptized as a public confession of their new life in Christ.  Baptism is a public statement that you are a follower, a disciple, of Jesus Christ.  In our spiritual new birth in Jesus, we died to our old nature and put on our new nature. Thus, in baptism we are acknowledging our own death, burial and resurrection from sin and corruption and identifying ourselves with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

So, if you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, let your indwelling Spirit guide you in your journey to be a light in the darkness of this world. 

 

Church Sacrament: Baptism

 

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