The church of Jesus Christ is the people, not the building.  That is one of the primary differences between the Old Testament and the New.  In the Old Testament time, there was one place the people of God could gather to worship: the temple in Jerusalem.  But Apostle Paul tells us, “Lord of Heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands “(Acts 17:24).  But He dwells in a human temple built from “living stones” in a “spiritual house” where “spiritual sacrifices” are offered “to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).   In other words, the people of God are the church of God in whom the Spirit of God dwells.  The power of God can be seen manifested in His church through changed lives, answered prayer, and worship in the anointment of the Holy Spirit.  Our responsibility as believers is to be strong in Christ, and bring others to Christ.  

Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 4:11-12: “He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”  All Christians are called to fulfill the last commission of Jesus Christ, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” 

Your body needs food to nourish it and so does your spirit.  That’s why the word of God is given to us.  Apostle Peter says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”  The prophet Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).  Ezekiel testified, “He said to me, ‘son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.’ So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness” (Ezekiel 3:3).  Our Lord Jesus Christ quoting from Deuteronomy said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4).  So also in our worship, we need to spend more time to meditate on the word of God.  

Baptism is an important decision for each believer that occurs after salvation. It is an outward expression that declares one's intention and commitment to follow Jesus. We practice full immersion in water (as opposed to sprinkling or pouring) in keeping with the original meaning of the word "baptism" in Scripture. We offer opportunities for water baptism throughout the year.

Communion is an event that reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As offen as a person eats this bread, and drink the cup, he/she proclaims the Lord's death until He comes. Anyone who is saved, Baptized in water, and having a good conscience may partake of communion when it is served.

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