WE HAVE NO OTHER CREED BUT THE BIBLE!
We are instructed by God to speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent (1 Peter 4:11, 2 Timothy 3:16 also 2 Timothy 2:15). As it is written, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all,d who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
We the Christian Church are a body of believers, who desire all to hold on to the simple doctrine (teaching), commands, implications, and examples of the Bible. We are New Testament Christians (2 Corinthians 3:6), with the love of Jesus (John 13:34). We are committed to our part in saving souls and allowing God to add the increase (Acts 2:47). This is done by the whole church, and preaching the whole gospel, to the whole world (Matthew 28:18-20).
Peter said to them,” Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
At First Christian Church of Jasper we believe . . .
–Baptism is a public act by which the church proclaims God’s grace, as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, through the use of a visible sign of God’s gracious initiative and the human individual’s response in faith. With other Christian Churches we affirm that baptism is a human response to a divine gift.
–Baptism represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believe with the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ. We teach immersion as the scripturally offered and proper form of baptism.
–We believe baptism is grounded in God’s plan of redemption through Christ Jesus and identifies the believer with the body of Christ, the Church. It anticipates life in the coming age when the powers of the old world will be overcome, and God’s perfect plan will triumph.
For I have received of the Lord what I have also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup also after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread, and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
I Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
–Communion is celebrated each week in the Sunday Worship Service. It is open to all who are followers of Jesus Christ. The of Communion is the central element of worship.
The observance of the Lord’s Supper echoes the Passover feast, when Jesus shared bread and wine with His disciples on the eve of His crucifixion. In communion, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ command to remember the sacrifice made allows believers to respond though the sharing of the bread and the cup, representative of the body and blood of Jesus.