We believe that water baptism and Communion are to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They do not save a person, they are practices that connect us better to God. Baptism in water is by immersion and is a direct commandment of our Lord for believers only. Water baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection.
Scripture References: Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Col 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.
We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is redeeming the earth. To equip people for His work, God has given many gifts to us, a few of which are prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral, and teaching. We also recognize the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of believers. God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service.
Scripture References: Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.