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What is Baptism?

Baptism is not a church creed or ordinance, but a command of Christ recorded in the New Testament. (John 3:5)

Baptism as practiced in the early church, was by immersion into water (Acts 8:39). The reason for immersion is that baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:4). Just as Jesus dies, was buried and was raised, the believer dies to sin, the “old” man is buried and a new person comes to life. Baptism is not a work by which we merit salvation but a mark of our obedience to Christ. Jesus commanded baptism in Matthew 28:20.

What is a Christian?

A Christian, simply stated, is a member of Christ’s church.

Becoming a Christian is simple. Yet living as a Christian is not. To live as a Christian is to submit to God's will, having a fear of the Lord, an understanding of his sacrifice to us, and reciprocating that love by working in His service and loving each other. The steps are outlined in the New Testament. We believe that the steps taken by Christians of the first century that resulted in their salvation will bring you salvation as well.

• The Gospel must be heard –(Romans 10:17)

• You believe –(Hebrews 11:6)

• You must repent and turn away from past sins (Acts 3:19)

• You must confess Jesus as Lord –(Matthew 10:32)

• You must be baptized for the remission of your sins –(Acts 2:38).

In these 5 steps one will be added to the Lord's church and are to walk worthy of our calling. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

Placing Membership With Our Congregation

If you feel that Ridgecrest would be a great place for you to grow and serve then we encourage you to place membership with our congregation. Just talk to one of our elders or contact the Church Office and they will assist you.

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