Spring Green Community Church Belief Statements
The Bible – We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16–17; John 14:26; 16:12–15).
God – We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19).
Jesus – We believe that Jesus Christ is true God (John 1:1) and true man (Hebrews 2:14), having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34, 35). He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3; John 20:24–29), rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1–9), where He is at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Colossians 3:1). He now is our High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 7:25, 26; 1 John 2:1; Philippians 2:5–7).
The Holy Spirit – We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14) and during this age to convict men (John 16:8), regenerate the believing sinner (John 3:5–8), indwell (1 Corinthians 12:13), guide, instruct (John 14:26), and empower the believer for godly living and service (Ephesians 5:18–21).
Man – We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) but fell into sin (Genesis 3) and is therefore lost (Romans 5:12–21). only through redemption by the blood of Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained (John 3:5–8).
The Resurrection – We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and his Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe (Hebrews 9:22–28; Romans 4:25), and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (John 1:10–13; 3:5–8).
Ordinances – We believe that Immersion Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church during the present age (Matthew 28:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
Marriage – We believe that marriage was ordained by God at creation as the sacred union of one man and one woman. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His Church (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:24, Matthew 19:1-9, Ephesians 5:22-33).
The Church – We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head (Colossians 1:18–22).
Church Membership – We believe that only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church (1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 2:47b).
The Local Church – We believe that Jesus is the Lord and the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18) and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 6:4, 5).
Jesus’ Return – We believe in the personal (Acts 1:11) and imminent (Mark 13:33–37; Revelation 22:20) coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (Titus 2:11–14).
Eternity – We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51–53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18), and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:7–15).
Baptism at Spring Green Community Church
At SGCC we practice believer’s baptism. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding this view of baptism and what it might mean for you.
What is the significance of believer’s baptism?
Believer’s baptism is the way a person makes a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. By being baptized you are proclaiming that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, that Jesus is the Savior and Lord of your life, and that to the best of your ability you want to live your life in a way that pleases him. Baptism is what separates those who are spectators from those who have decided to get in the game.
Why is baptism important?
At the very beginning of his ministry Jesus himself was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21,22; John 1:31-34). His last words to his friends before he ascended to heaven were the command to”…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19b-20a). In the new testament baptism followed conversion so closely that the two are considered part of one event (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21). At SGCC we understand scripture to teach that the act of baptism does not produce grace and bring about salvation, but rather it is an outward sign of an inward work of grace that has already taken place (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 6:3,4).
Who should be baptized?
Thoughtful and committed Christians have disagreed about this question for centuries. SGCC understands the scriptures to teach that baptism is an expression of the commitment of the person being baptized. That is why we call it “believer’s baptism.” It is an expression of a person’s faith in Christ and desire to follow Christ. Therefore, baptism ought to be restricted to someone mature enough to make that decision and that commitment. Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:38; 8:12; 18:8; 19:4; 22:16).
If I was baptized as an infant, should I be baptized again?
If you were baptized as a child, it was the intent of your parents that you would one day be a follower of Christ. Your baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parents’ wishes. It in no way repudiates the baptism you received as a child. If you made a faith commitment to Christ as a mature person, then we encourage you to be baptized again as an adult. This is an expression of your choice to follow Christ.