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August 26, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please consider taking the next step and proclaiming your faith and trust in Christ through baptism! Our next baptism services will be on Sunday, August 26th, during the 8:30 and 10:30 services in the Sanctuary at the Main Campus. If you are interested in being baptized please fill out a registration card no later than August 12th, and please invite your family and friends to join us for this very special service of celebration, praise, and worship!
Frequently Asked Questions
Evangelical Convictions: A Theological Exposition of the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America (181-182) summarizes our understanding of the ordinances and affirms:
- Christ has given His church two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the practice of these ordinances is an essential distinguishing mark of a church
- these ordinances are signs, that is, visible and tangible expressions, of the gospel, and as such, they serve to strengthen our faith—“ confirming and nourishing the believer”
- the signs (water in baptism, the bread and grape juice or wine in the Lord’s Supper) must be distinguished from what they signify (God’s saving work in the gospel and Christ’s presence with us) [n. 79. Thus we deny baptismal regeneration and the doctrine of transubstantiation]
- the practice of these ordinances does not save us, and we receive spiritual benefit from them only when they are celebrated in “genuine faith” in Christ
- the ordinances serve to separate the believer from the world and to give a visible designation of those who belong to the body of Christ
Our Statement denies that:
- either baptism in water or participating in the Lord’s Supper is the instrumental cause of regeneration
- the grace of God is automatically and effectually conveyed through the administration of the ordinances themselves
In addition, our Statement does not prescribe the “time” or “mode” of baptism (allowing for both credo- and paedobaptist practices) nor does it define the precise manner in which Christ is present in the Lord’s Supper (allowing for a variety of historic Evangelical views).