Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water.
HELL & ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27). The Lake of Fire is literal (Revelation 19:20). The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned (Matthew 25:41-46) in the lake of Dire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence, as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.
BAPTISM & THE LORD'S SUPPER
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
The following recommendation regarding the water baptism formula is adopted:
“On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, in Jesus Name, Amen.”
(Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.)
DIVINE HEALING & DELIVERANCE
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is available to all who truly believe. In addition, we believe in the deliverance from unclean spirits and of the whole man: spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, and socially.
(James 5:14-16; Acts 5:15-16; I Peter 2:24; Exodus 15:23-26; Psalm 103:1-3; Isaiah 53:4,5; Psalm 107:20; Mark 16:18; James 5:14,15; Luke 10:17; Mark 9:29; Luke 4:33-36; Luke 10:19; Matthew 12:22; Luke 8:2; Mark 1:23-24; Leviticus 17:7; Leviticus 19:31; Psalm 106:37; Matthew 8:16; Matthew 4:24.)