We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1-20).
We believe God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. God is eternally existent in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three have the same nature and are one God.
(Genesis 1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:3; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14).
We believe Jesus is both Lord and Christ, to the glory of God the Father.
(Acts 1:9-11/ 2:36; Philippians 2:9-11).
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in you heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:21; 1 John 1:12).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus to indwell, empower, teach, guide, and comfort believers.
(Luke 12:12; Romans 8-11; John 16:13; Acts 1:7-8/ 9:31).
What is the significance of baptism?
Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
Those who accepted his message were baptized. (Acts 2:41)
You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
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 6:4)
You are part of a new family.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Galations 3:26-27)
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. When Christians are baptized, the are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection.
Why we baptize?
Those who are baptized are following Jesus' example and obeying His command.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting 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)
Then Jesus came to them and said, " All authority in heaven and on earth had been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything i have commanded you." (Matthew 28:18-20)