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What We Believe


In unity, liberty, and charity

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What We Believe


In unity, liberty, and charity

what we believe

  1. In essential beliefs – we have unity. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
  2. In non-essential beliefs – we have liberty. (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
  3. In all our beliefs – we show charity. (1 Corinthians 13:2)

The Essentials

  1. About God
    God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  2. About Jesus Christ
    Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
  3. About the Holy Spirit
    The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25)
  4. About the Bible
    The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
  5. About Human Beings
    People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23)
  6. About Salvation
    Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)
  7. About Eternal Security
    Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
  8. About Eternity
    People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)
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Baptism


Following in Jesus' footsteps

Baptism


Following in Jesus' footsteps

why?

  1. To follow the example set by JESUS. (Mark 1:9)
  2. Because Christ COMMANDS it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
  3. It demonstrates that I really am a BELIEVER. (Acts 18:8; 1 John 2:3)

meaning

  1. It illustrates Christ’s BURIAL and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 2:12) 
  2. It illustrates my NEW LIFE as a Christian. 
    Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 2:8-9) 

immersion

  1. Because JESUS was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16)
  2. Every baptism in the NEW TESTAMENT was by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)
  3. The word “Baptize” means to DIP UNDER water”. The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water”.
  4. It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
    The founders of denominations agree:
    • Martin Luther…”I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”
    • John Calvin…”The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”
    • John Wesley…”Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”

who is it for?

Every person who has BELIEVED in Christ.

  • “Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized..” (Acts 2:41)
  • “Simon himself believed and was baptized….” (Acts 8:13)
  • “But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)

At EVC, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.

Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.

This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

At EVC, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though many of us were “confirmed” as children.

The service

  1. When Should I Be Baptized? 
    There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”! (Acts 2:41, 8:35-38)
  2. Can my family be baptized together?
    Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. We offer a “First Steps” class for children. “First Steps” will be offered through our Children’s Ministry.However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
  3. What should I wear when I am baptized?
    Women should wear dark colored shorts and a top over a one-piece swimsuit. Men may wear dark colored shorts and top. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes. We provide changing rooms.
  4. Will I have to say anything?
    At the beginning of the service, the pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait at the edge of the pool for your turn to be baptized. The pastor will introduce you, ask you a few questions, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will be mailed a certificate of your baptism. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.
  5. Special Needs?
    Pastors can perform a private baptism in special circumstances.
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The Lord's Supper


A way to commune with Jesus Christ our Lord

The Lord's Supper


A way to commune with Jesus Christ our Lord

meaning

Jesus never asked His disciples to remember His birth. But He did instruct them to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols (called "ordinances") as reminders of His death. These two ordinances are: Baptism and The Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.

what is it?

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

  1. It is a SIMPLE ACT.
    “The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread…” (v. 23)
  2. It is a REMINDER.
    “…and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; eat it in remembrance of me.'” (v. 24)
  3. It is a SYMBOL; but not a mere SYMBOL.
    “In the same way, He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; drink it to remember me.'” (v. 25)
  4. It is a STATEMENT OF FAITH.
    “For whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes back.” (v. 26)

who should take it?

Only those who are already BELIEVERS. (Mark 14:22-26; 1 Corinthians 11:29) 

How to prepare

"Therefore whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A person ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup." 1 Corinthians 11:27-28

By…

  • Self-Examination (1 Corinthians 11:27)
  • Confessing My Sins (1 John 1:9)
  • Recommitment (Romans 12:1)
  • Restoring Relationships (Matthew 5:23-24)

when and how often?

Jesus never said when or how often believers should observe The Lord's Supper. At EVC we observe communion every Sunday.