WHAT WE BELIEVE
The doctrine of the church is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, which is recognized as God-inspired, infallible, and inerrant. New Testament teachings are carefully followed, and counsel and advice are sought from examples found in the Old Testament.
We believe salvation is obtained by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. True faith is evidenced by obedience to God’s Word, which instructs a soul to do as the Lord Jesus emphatically taught, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”1 The biblical pattern of repentance is observed, which includes godly sorrow2 for a past sinful life, confession of sins, restitution for past wrongs, and becoming dead to sin. The wonderful and matchless grace of God is given to those who are humble in heart, along with peace and forgiveness from God.
Following conversion, which is manifested by a new walk of life in Christ, the convert gives a testimony of his or her faith and conversion experience to the congregation. This is followed by water baptism by immersion.3 Baptism symbolizes the burial of the old sinful nature into the death of Christ, and the subsequent rising of a soul out of the baptismal waters as a new creature in Christ Jesus. This is followed by the laying on of hands, whereby a church elder prays over the new member. This prayer acknowledges and entreats the presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s heart, and consecrates the new child of God into a life of service for him. The new member is thus formally united with the church, which is Christ’s body.
Self-denial, separation from sin and unfruitful works, and nonconformity to worldliness are integral parts of the Christian walk of life and they lead to a life of peace and joy.
This new life in Christ is exemplified by sincere effort to reflect his virtuous character in one’s thoughts, words and deeds. Despite trials, temptation, and potential sorrow, God’s grace is sufficient for humble hearts to walk with happiness and contentment in the love of Christ and to rejoice in the hope of heaven-if they are true and faithful until life’s end.
1. Matthew 4:17
2. 2 Corinthians 7:10
3. Romans 6:4