SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST: MAN’S GREATEST NEED
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. God originally created humans to have fellowship with and to glorify Himself (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16), but they defied God by sinfully choosing to go their own way. As a result, man suffered alienation from God and the corruption of his nature (Psalms 51:5; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-4). The salvation of mankind, therefore, is a work of God’s grace, not the result of human works or goodness. This salvation, as a free gift from God, is made available through obedient faith in Jesus Christ and Him only (John 1:12; John 10:18-27; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
We believe and teach that obedient faith in Christ expresses itself through belief in the Person and work of Christ (Romans 3:22, Romans 10:9), repentance of sin (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19), confession of Christ as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9), believer’s baptism by immersion (Mark 16:16), and by living a lifestyle that continually seeks to honor Christ (Hebrews 10:26, James 2:14-24).
We believe and teach that baptism is commanded by our Lord and His apostles (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38) — and that all believers professing faith in Christ must be baptized. We believe and teach that baptism should occur upon confession of faith in Christ, as modeled for us in Acts (Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:35-39; Acts 16:31-33). Baptism by full immersion is taught in Scripture and portrays the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as cleansing from sin. Baptism is a demonstration of our willingness to live obediently under the Lordship of Christ and is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the Church, which is the visible body of Christ (Acts 2:41-42).