Mission Statement and What We Believe
To advance the kingdom of our Lord and Savior through preaching, teaching, and equipping members to engage in creative ministries to serve humankind.
We believe the following...
In a regenerate membership safeguarded by baptism on the personal profession of faith.
That the local congregation has the power and competency to govern its own affairs and that interdependence is recognized in the voluntary association with denominational and interdenominational bodies.
Separation of Church and State
In the separation of church and state.
The Holy Scriptures
In the Holy Scriptures as the rule of faith and practice for our church and our lives.
The Church Ordinances
In two ordinances: baptism by immersion, and the Lord's Supper.
"Baptism is a decisive, once-for-all event, which marks the entrance into a new life in Christ. The Lord's Supper is intended to be repeated frequently and symbolizes the sustaining of that life by Christ. One denotes the beginning of a new relationship and the other - the maintaining of a vital relationship between Christ and the church . . . . The elements of bread and wine point to the body and blood of Christ. As visible symbols which reinforce the gospel preached in words, they remind Christians of the incarnation, of which the high points were death, burial, resurrection, and exaltation". (A Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice, by Maring and Hudson, pp. 136-138).
The bread and wine are symbols of the broken body and the shed blood of Jesus Christ. As symbols, their redemptive power lies in our remembrance of and participation in God's efficacious act.
After the Sunday-morning services, ordained ministers and/or ordained deacons administer the Lord's Supper to members who are sick and/or shut-in.