Our Doctrinal Statement
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Table to be observed by all believers until His return. We believe baptism was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ to symbolize the work of the Holy Spirit identifying the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Baptism is commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ and was practiced by the New Testament Church. We practice the ordinance of baptism by immersion after conversion and believe that it is the solemn responsibility of every believer to bear this testimony of trust in Jesus Christ by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-44; 10:33, 43, 47, 48; Romans 6:3-7; Colossians 2:12).
We believe the Lord's Supper was instituted as a memorial remembrance which instructs the body of believers by focusing the believer's worship upon Christ and His work on the cross. The Lord's Supper is the only act of worship where Jesus Christ gives us special directions and thus is the highlight of corporate worship. The Lord's Supper reminds us of the basis of our fellowship with Him, promotes an atmosphere of thankfulness in the church, and motivates our anticipation of His second coming through a common hope of future deliverance. We believe each believer is responsible not to partake of the bread (signifying His body broken for us) and the cup (signifying His blood shed for us) unworthily (Luke 22:7-38; I Corinthians 11:20-34). We are commanded to observe the Lord's Supper continually in order to focus on our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26).