What We Believe

There is only one God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:16-1, John 14:9-10

God is the creator of all people and of all things.

Genesis 1:1, Acts 17:24-28

Jesus Christ is God’s only Son, the Savior of the world, and the Head of the church.

John 3:16, Matthew 1:18-21, Colossians 1:13-23

The Holy Spirit dwells within every Christian.

John 16:5-15, Romans 8:1-14

The Bible is the inspired word of God and the final authority for all matters of faith.

Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:13, 2 Timothy 3:16

Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:7

Salvation (the forgiveness of sins) is offered to all people and comes only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ (His death on the cross) and His resurrection from the dead.

Matthew 26:28, Romans 5:8-11, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

The Bible teaches that the pattern to follow to receive Jesus as Savior is to believe in Christ as God’s Son and Savior of the world, to repent of personal sin, to confess Christ as Lord, and to be baptized (immersed) into Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

John 20:30-31, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9, Romans 6:1-7

The church is the body and bride of Christ, founded on the day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere.

Matthew 16:13-18, Acts 2:14-47

It is God’s plan for the elders to lead the local church.

Acts 20:28, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-4

Death seals the eternal destiny of every person. The saved will inherit eternal life in heaven. The unsaved will experience eternal separation.

Romans 8:10-11, Daniel 12:2, John 6:47

Jesus will one day return and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

COMMUNION

As Jesus was preparing for his final hours on this earth, He instituted the Lord’s Supper. Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, & Luke 22:7-23 describe the meal the Lord had with His disciples and the description of the substance of the breaking of bread during communion.
Jesus chooses to use the Passover meal as a vehicle to establish communion. It is an appropriate parallel to Exodus 12:13 which says, “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Both meals commemorate a time of great mercy for God’s people.
We believe that the biblical example of taking communion is to take it on the first day of the week, every week. Acts 20:7

BAPTISM

Who can be baptized? Mark 16:16 says, “Whoever  who believes and is baptized will be saved.” We believe that the bible teaches that baptism is available to anyone who is old enough to believe and that baptism must be accompanied by faith in Jesus Christ and repentance of sins.
What is the biblical form of baptism? Here is an example from Acts chapter 8:38-39, And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. So we teach that the biblical example of baptism is by immersion.
What does it symbolize? 1 Peter 3:20-21 saysto those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Acts 22:16 – and wash your sins away.

STILL MORE QUESTIONS?

Not all questions can be answered on a website. We encourage you to call our church office if you would like to speak with any of our ministers. Ron, Kendall, and Spencer would love to talk to you and try to answer any other questions you may have about the Lord’s Church here at East Columbus.