Answering the question: What is Biblical Worship?
We are a community of believers in Jesus Christ that seeks to be gospel-centered, Bible-saturated, and Spirit-empowered as we worship God, love one another, grow as disciples, serve the needy, and evangelize the lost.
The Holy Spirit is the promised gift of the Father to his people. While all Christians are given the Holy Spirit, we may be filled with the Holy Spirit in greater degrees and from time to time. As Christians, we should desire and continually pursue being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Baptism by immersion in water is an important doctrine and practice for God's church. Water baptism is significant because it is a commandment of Jesus—it serves as a picture of our salvation—and because it is a sign of the new covenant that God established through Jesus. Baptism is appropriate for all who have come to faith in Christ and are able to confess that faith, whether they are converted adults or children who have conscious faith in Christ. Baptism is a sign of new birth and not of maturity, so it is right for new believers to seek baptism promptly. The timing of baptism will naturally be uncertain for children, but parents are encouraged to faithfully work to ensure their children understand the gospel. Baptism is appropriate as soon as children are able to articulate the gospel and their personal faith in Jesus.
This message compliments Chapter 5 of our Exploring Membership book.
There are two types of discipline in the church. Foremost is formative discipline where God is teaching us through the church what is right. Second is corrective or restorative discipline, which is harder but sometimes necessary, for God's heart is to lose not even one of his sheep who goes astray but desires, rather, that they hear the truth and repent and are restored.