We exist as a church to make disciples for the glory of God.
- Christ-Centered Worship
We gather to worship our holy, precious Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 5:12-13 (NKJV), says:
“‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!’
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth
and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and
all that are in them, I heard saying:
‘Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!'”
There is only one way that we can approach God and that’s through the work Jesus (the Lamb who was slain) did on our behalf on the cross when He died for our sins. He is worthy of our worship, and we worship with both humility and boldness.
- Bible-Centered Teaching
The Word of God has the power to change us from the inside out. Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) says:
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Bible is much more than informational; it’s transformational. We will study the Word and align our lives to it — individually and as a church.
- Gospel-Centered Living
The Gospel message — the story of how God loves us and has made a way for us to have a relationship with Him — is found throughout Scripture. Once we accept God’s plan for our lives through repentance and faith, we can — and should — live the way we were designed to live. Consider these verses:
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10, NKJV
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4, NKJV
We will focus our lives on the Gospel and share it with others.
Baptism is an act of worship for those who have decided to follow Christ.
Baptism is a public declaration of one’s personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture declares that we are to openly and publically profess Christ. There are to be no “silent saints.”
Baptism is a personal identification with Christ and His Church. Just as one who is married wears a wedding ring as the seal of commitment, so the believer’s experience in baptism is a reminder to self, to the church, and to all others of his or her commitment to Christ. We identify with His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5).
Baptism beautifully symbolizes the changes Jesus made in your life. When you are baptized, going under the water represents the end of your old life without Christ, and coming out of the water represents the beginning of your new life with Christ. Your baptism shows everyone that you are a new person in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-6).
The English word “baptize” is actually an adaptation of the Greek word “baptizo” given in the New Testament. It is clear that this word accurately translated means to “immerse,” “submerge,” or “to place under.” Immersion is the only form of baptism observed or taught in the New Testament.
It is also the only form of baptism which accurately pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Christ:
Jesus went under the water to picture His death and burial, and He came up out of the water to picture His resurrection (Matthew 3:16). Our baptism testifies that we have identified with His death, burial and resurrection.
It is also the only method that accurately pictures our old self dying and our being raised up to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-6). Any alteration of this picture would interfere with the intended message of the baptismal experience.
We are motivated by our appreciation to God. Baptism is not an act resulting in salvation. We know that we could never add anything to the full and finished work of Christ. However, it is an expression of our appreciation to God for what He has done for us and in us.
We are motivated by our desire to profess to others what Christ has done in our hearts. Our baptism is a powerful testimony of how Jesus Christ has changed us. It identifies us with Christ and His Church.
We are motivated by our love for Christ. Jesus commanded His followers to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20) and also said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) Love for Christ and desire to please Him are our supreme motives for baptism.
- How is my baptism scheduled? First, you will speak with one of our pastors about baptism. Once you have spoken with a pastor, the next step is to schedule your baptism with the church office. Our baptisms are held on Sunday mornings at the service of your choice. There is usually no waiting list for baptisms, so it can happen as soon as you would like. We ask that baptism candidates meet with a pastor at 9 a.m. the morning of the baptism unless other arrangements have been made.
- What do I need to bring? The church provides white baptismal robes, hair dryers and towels. We ask that you bring white or light-colored clothing (pants/shorts, a shirt and underclothes) to wear underneath the robe, a plastic bag for your wet things, and a brush and/or comb. For your privacy, there are changing rooms in the baptistery area.
- What if a child wants to be baptized? Children can be both intrigued and intimidated by baptism. To promote a proper understanding of the baptism event, all children meet with our children’s pastor, to discuss their spiritual readiness. Following this meeting, the children’s pastor and the parent(s) will determine if the child is to be a candidate for the First Steps for KIDS class. This one-time class is a prerequisite for any child to become a candidate for baptism.
- If you have additional questions, need more information, or would like to schedule your baptism, please call the church office: 931.388.2655.
The observance of the Lord’s Supper is both a celebration of and a somber reflection on the cross. It makes us recognize our own sin, but it also allows us to rejoice in what Jesus did on our behalf.
We observe the Lord’s Supper throughout the year, and we welcome anyone who is a Christ-follower to participate.