We believe the Bible (both the Old and New Testament) is the infallible Word of God. It is our only rule of faith and practice. We have no other creed, no other doctrine. We believe the 66 books of the Bible are: “able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). “inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe Scripture when it declares, “in the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1). We understand this to mean God is eternal in nature. Nothing made God. He always has existed; and always will. We believe there is only one true God who, in the beginning, created the sun, the moon, the stars, and the planets. He created our world and everything in it (John 1:3). He created man in His image to enjoy fellowship with God for all eternity.
We believe that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). He is God (John 1:1), in the flesh (John 1:14), who came from heaven to redeem fallen man. He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, who died on a cross to save us from the penalty of sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me” (John 14:6).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of God who marks us as Christians (Ephesians 1:13). He is given as a gift to all who repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38). He empowers us to accomplish works of service (1 Corinthians 12:7). He is the Helper sent by God that we might walk in such a way to bear faithful witness (John 15:26-27). Through Him we are able to bear godly fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:22).
We believe a person is saved by God’s love and mercy, by God’s grace. Nothing man can do would earn him the salvation of God. It is a free gift from God attained through faith (Ephesians 2:8). In receiving this gift of grace, an individual will respond in faith. (James 2:14-26)
- Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17)
- Believe in Jesus (John 3:16, Acts 16:31)
- Repent of one’s sins (Acts 2:38, 17:30)
- Confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10)
- Be Baptized (immersed) into Jesus (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Peter 3:21)
- Live and Love by the example of Jesus (Matthew 25:31-46, Philippians 2:12)
Why does Spencer Christian Church baptize by immersion and not by sprinkling or pouring?
The original language of the New Testament was Greek. When the Apostle Paul and others wrote about baptism, they always used a Greek word (verb – baptidzo) that meant to “dip, plunge or immerse.” There are other Greek words that mean “to sprinkle or pour.” If the writers had intended to introduce other modes of baptism they would have chosen, the appropriate word. Instead they specified immersion.
The Bible teaches that Christ saves us. Acts 4:12 states that salvation is found “in no other” than Jesus Christ. However, receiving Christ necessitates some response on our part. The Bible makes it clear that our response to Christ includes a process of faith, repentance, confession and baptism. Each step is important, but none more important than the other. These then are the ways that we trust Christ for salvation.
Believe (Acts 16:31)
Repent (Acts 2:38)
Confess (Matt. 16:16-18, Romans 10:9-10)
Be Baptized (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:36-38)
Salvation in Christ is a process that has a beginning point, includes these steps, but is not fully completed until Christ returns at his second coming at the end of the time. There are many biblical reasons to be baptized including the washing or cleansing of sin (Acts 22:16), to publicly declare one’s faith in Christ (Colossians 2:12), to be obedient like Jesus (Matthew 3:15) and to do what the Bible commands (Acts 2:38, 10:48). At SCC, we rejoice with everyone who acts on this crucial biblical step in response to what God has revealed in His word.
In the New Testament everyone who accepted Christ was immersed into Christ. (Romans 6:1-11) Through their participation in baptism, they became members of the church. At SCC we believe in following the scriptural example as closely as possible. Thus, all those who have chosen to be members at SCC have been immersed into Christ, either here or at another church.
(Invitation) – If you have other questions regarding baptism or church membership, please call the Spencer Christian Church office and a member of our staff will get in touch with you. If you are ready to commit your life to Jesus Christ through baptism, you can schedule a baptism immediately or come forward during one of our Sunday morning services and a decision counselor will meet with you to make arrangements for your baptism. We can arrange both public and private baptisms. The water is always warm and ready! May God bless you as you continue to seek Him!