Beliefs & Baptism

Beliefs

 

The Bible - God wrote a book

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth also without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.

 

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 | Psalms 119:11, 89, 105 | Isaiah 40:8 | Matthew 22:29

John 5:39; 16:13-15; & 17:17 | Romans 15:4 | 2 Timothy 3:15-17 | Hebrews 1:1-2 & 4:12 | 1 Peter 1:25 | 2 Peter 3:16

Trinity - God: Three in One

God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 | Isaiah 61:1 | Matthew 28:19 | Mark 1:9-11 | Luke 1:35 | John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16 | Romans 8:9-11 | 1 Corinthians 8:6 | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | Hebrews 1:8-10 | James 2:19

The Father - God is great, God is good

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is certainly loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

 

Exodus 3:14 | Numbers 23:19 | Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2 | Psalm 11:4-6 | Malachi 3:6 | John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1 | Acts 17:28 | Romans 3:3-4

The Son - God became man

Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are enemies of God back into a right relationship with God. Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so consequently, we could have life. One day, He will return to earth to set all things right.

 

Isaiah 7:14, 53 | Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6 | Luke 22:70; 24:46-47 | John 1:1, 14; 10:30, 11:25-27; 17:1-5 Acts 1:9, 2:22-24; 7:55-56 | Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4 | 1 Corinthians 8:6 | 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 | Galatians 4:4-5 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Colossians 1:15; 2:9 | 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16

The Holy Spirit - God is always present

His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and also the coming judgment. The Holy Spirit comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.

 

Genesis 1:2 | Psalms 51:11; 139:7 ff. | Isaiah 61:1-3 oel 2:28-32 | Mark 1:10 Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12 | John 15:26; 16:7-14 Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2 | Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27 | 1 Corinthians 3:16 | Ephesians 1:13-14 | 2 Peter 1:21 | Revelation 22:17

Eternity - Somewhere forever

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. In contrast, to be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are certainly places of eternal existence.

 

John 3:16, 36 | Romans 6:23 | 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13 | Revelation 20:15

Man - God's image bearers

Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is also worthy of respect and Christian love.

 

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3 | Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5 |  Isaiah 6:5 | Jeremiah 17:5 | Acts 17:26-31 | Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25 | 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22 | Ephesians | 2 Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11

Salvation - God's only way

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, so it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

 

Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7 | Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6 | Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32 | John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24 | Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31 | Romans 1:16-18;3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6 | 1 Corinthians 1:18 | 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 | Galatians 2:20; 3:13 | Ephesians 2:8-10 | Philippians 2:12-13 | Hebrews 9:24-28 | Revelation 3:20

The Church - God's design for community

The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it also seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. Furthermore, the Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

 

Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20 | Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28 | 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12 | Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32 | Colossians 1:18; 3:15 | 1 Timothy 4:14 | Peter 5:1-4 | Revelation 21:2-3

Baptism

We believe baptism is the first step for a Christ Follower. Below is a detailed explanation of the reasons for baptism, meaning, method, who should be baptized, and when someone should “take the plunge.” If you would like to talk about getting baptized at The Point Church, email us at info@pointchurch.com and indicate the campus at which you would like to be baptized.

Why should I be baptized?

Because Christ commanded it.

Jesus said, “Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you”

Matt. 28:19-20

It demonstrates that I really am a follower.

… many of the people who heard him believed and were baptized.

 

Acts 18:8

We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.

 

1 John 2:3

What is the meaning of baptism?

It illustrates Jesus’ burial and resurrection.

Christ died for our sin …He was buried
… and He rose again.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.

 

Colossians 2:12

It illustrates my new life as a Christian

By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead …so also we may live a new life.

 

Romans 6:4

Baptism is the biblical response of repentance.

Why do we baptize by immersion?

Every baptism in The Bible was by immersion. Here’s one example:

…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…

 

Acts 8:38-39

The word “baptize” actually means “to dip under water”.

 

Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!

When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

Who should be baptized?

EVERY PERSON WHO HAS SURRENDERED THEIR LIFE TO CHRIST.

Those who believe and accepted his message were baptized…

 

Acts 2:41

Simon himself believed and was baptized…

 

Acts 8:1

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

What if I was baptized as an infant?

Some churches baptize infants. At The Point Church we don’t. We only baptize those who have made a decision to believe in Christ’s death as the payment for their sin. In the Bible, men and women were baptized following their belief in Jesus.

 

The custom of infant baptism began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. It’s a ceremony intended to emphasize a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. During this ceremony, the parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ.

 

At The Point Church, we have a dedication service for infants and children that emphasize the parent’s role in raising a child to follow Christ.

 

Therefore, if you were baptized as a baby, we encourage you to make your own choice to be baptized as a believer.

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you have surrendered!

Those who believe … were baptized … that day!

 

Acts 2:41

Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

 

Acts 8:35-38

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 be ready.

 

We would love to help you take this step of faith! Please contact us at info@pointchurch.com