We believe that there are two primary Christian Ordinances, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper, and that they are outward rites appointed by Christ, not as a means of salvation, but as visible signs and seals of the facts and realities of salvation.
We believe that Baptism by immersion is the public confession of Christ as Savior and Lord. It is a symbol of one’s union, by faith, with Christ in death, burial and resurrection, and therefore, is to be administered to those, regardless of age, who have given evidence of faith in Christ as their personal Savior (Matt 28:19 | Mark 16:16 | Acts 2:38-41 | Rom 6:3-6 | Col 2:12 | Acts 8:36-39).
The Lord's Supper
We believe that The Lord’s Supper should be observed by all believers in obedience to the command: “This do in remembrance of Me.” It consists of partaking of bread and wine, and symbolizes the death of Christ for the remission of our sins and our continual dependence upon Him for our sustenance. It witnesses to the mystical union of the believer with Christ (John 15). The union of believers around the Lord’s table is open to all who are in right relationship with one another, and with the Lord, and who clearly understand the meaning of communion (Matt 26:26-30 | Luke 22:19-22 | 1 Cor 11:23-24, 29).
In addition to these two ordinances, we also recognize the Church’s role in conducting and solemnizing marriage ceremonies. Our church holds to the traditional Biblical interpretation of marriage as being the joining of one man and one woman under God’s blessing (Gen 2:24). As with any of the ceremonies we conduct, we understand that there are many differing views on marriage within the Christian community. We do our best to humbly apply the principles from the Bible in everything we do, yet we understand that our interpretations may not be shared by everyone. We have great respect and love for those who differ from us in their understanding of Scripture, and we hope that any differences may be cause for celebration of diversity of thought, rather than becoming opportunities for division. In all things we look to the Holy Spirit for unity, wisdom, and peace (Eph 4:1-6).