Ordinances and Articles of Faith

Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them unto you. I Corinthians 11:2

We believe the first ordinance of the Lord’s church is baptism, and that it has four requirements: Baptism Brenda

1. The candidate – an individual who upon hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, was convicted by the Holy Spirit, and trusted and put their faith in God, and was saved by God’s grace. Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Acts 18:8, Acts 10:47, 48

2. Baptism by immersion- the complete immersion of the candidate in water, representing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Calvary and His raising from the grave on the third day. Acts 8:37,38,39, John 3:23, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12

3. The authority – given by one of God’s true churches. The church being one of those that he gave the great commission too, and that has held on to the practices and doctrines of the scriptures down through the ages. Matthew 28:18,19, 20 I Corinthians 12:28

4.The administrator – a man that has been saved by the grace of God, been called by the divine calling of God to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, been ordained by one of God’s true churches, and been given authority by the local church to baptize individuals into the body of that local church. John 1:6, Acts 1:22, Matthew 28:19

Lord’s Supper
We believe the second ordinance of the Lord’s church is the Lord’s Supper, and that it has two elements:

1. Bread – shows symbolically the broken and crucified body of our Lord in His death on Calvary. I Corinthians 11:23-24, Luke 22:19, Mark 14:22

2. Fruit of the Vine – represents symbolically the blood of Jesus Christ that He gave freely for our sins on Calvary. I Corinthians 11:25, Luke 22:19, Mark 14:24-26, Mathew 26:27-30

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is observed by the local visible church at a time set aside by that church. In order to partake of the Lord’s Supper, we believe you must have been born again and be a member of the church in which it is being observed. I Corinthians 11:26, Matthew 26:26

At Pleasant Valley, we have a set of doctrine guidelines called the Articles of Faith.