We believe that Jesus Christ gave two ordinances to the church which we practice according to the instruction provided in the New Testament.
Baptism is a public declaration of one’s obedience to and faith in Jesus Christ and is a visible symbol of salvation depicting the death to sin, new life in Christ, and purpose to live for Christ. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ and was one of two church ordinances that Christ taught should be practiced by the New Testament church. Baptism is not necessary for salvation nor does it have any saving efficacy whatsoever. This public confession of faith in Christ and declaration of one’s intent to follow Him is a prerequisite to church membership. See How to get to Heaven.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is the second ordinance Christ gave the church to be practiced regularly until his return. The bread and the juice are in no way a sacrifice but are meant to commemorate His death, confirm our faith, renew our fellowship with Him, and restore our fellowship with one another.