September 5, 2021
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Church universal is a New Testament institution, built on and established by Jesus Christ, that joins all past and present Christ followers together in one Spirit with Him.
- Was by Jesus
- Is upon Jesus
- Is with Jesus
We believe the Church universal is expressed through the local church, which is a congregation of present believers. All local church believers are equal and indispensable members of the same spiritual body, with Christ as the sole head and ruler. Christ nourishes, cherishes and sanctifies the Church to make it holy.
We believe the purpose of the local church is to regularly gather together to glorify God through worship, proclaim the gospel, serve and encourage one another, celebrate the ordinances, edify and equip the saints for the work of ministry, and make disciples of all peoples of the world.
We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the Church, ordained by Jesus Christ, involving immersion of a believer in water.
We believe that baptism is a symbolic act that identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that baptism should be observed after conversion as an act of obedience.
We believe that communion is an ordinance of the Church, ordained by Jesus Christ, involving ceremonial eating of the bread and drinking the cup which represent the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. This is often referred to as the “Lord’s Supper.”
We believe that communion should only be observed by a believer of Jesus Christ and only after intimate reflection on the work of Christ and self-examination to avoid partaking of it in an unworthy manner.