WHAT WE BELIEVE
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, and this assembly, most joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body of Christ.
We engage there, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love: to strive for the advancement of His church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and personal study and devotions; to educate our children in the faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, gossip, and excessive anger; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rule of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.
The verbal inspiration and authority of the Bible, and that it reveals God the Father, the fall of man, God’s clear plan of salvation, and His plan and purpose in the past, present, and future eternity.
The Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Deity, Virgin Birth, and the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Eternal salvation by grace. That Faith and Repentance are the only conditions to Salvation.
The justification of people through faith alone, and that we are judged righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The unending and conscious reward for the saved, and the everlasting, continuous, and conscious punishment of the lost in a literal Hell.
7. The visible, personal, and premillennial return of our Lord.
8. The present New Testament Church, as a baptized, local body of believers, who have covenanted together to make disciples, baptize, and teach Christian principles.
9. Two Christian ordinances being: The baptism of believers by immersion in water, by the authority of the local church, to show the death, burial, and resurrection to new life of the believer and his commitment to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Lord’s Supper as the proclamation and commemoration of His death until He returns.
10. The Biblical record as stated in Genesis, including the six day creation of the universe and everything in it, Adam and Eve as the progenitor of all human life, the literal Fall and its resultant curse on creation, and the worldwide Flood and its cataclysmic effect.
11. The literal existence of Satan, as an evil and powerful adversary, who acts as personal tempter and accuser, and in his current and future defeat at the hands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When you become a Christian by making a faith commitment to Jesus Christ for your salvation, one of the next steps is being baptized. Baptism is an event in which we go public with our faith-commitment to Jesus Christ.
Why should I be baptized?
It follows the example set by Jesus in the Bible (Mark 1:9).
Jesus commanded it (Matthew 28:19-20).
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ (Acts 2:41).
Because the purpose of baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ, at Victory we wait to baptize children until they are old enough to understand its true meaning.
Why be baptized by immersion?
Jesus was baptized by immersion (Matthew 3:16).
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (Acts 8:38).
The word "baptize" means to "dip under water."
It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection by illustrating a death to myself, a burial to my old way of living, and resurrection to a new life in Christ.
What is the true meaning of baptism?
It illustrates our cleansing from sin (Titus 3:4-7).
When you become a Christian, all of your sins are washed away and our Lord declares you holy and righteous.
It illustrates Christ's death and resurrection (Colossians 2:12).
It illustrates new life as a Christian (Romans 6:4, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Baptism doesn't make you a believer; it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn't save you; your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like wearing a wedding ring: it's the outward symbol of a commitment you made in your heart.
It illustrates my connection to the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7).
It illustrates my connection to the church (1 Corinthians 12:13).
When should I be baptized?
As soon as you have believed in Jesus (Acts 2:41).
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.
Email the church office today to get in touch with us about getting baptized.