What we believe

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  

 (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21) 

 

We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.   (John 1:1,14; 1 Peter 3:18)


We believe Jesus literally resurrected back to life.  

(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)  


We believe that God wants everyone to be saved.  

God calls all people to repentance.  God wants everyone to confess Jesus as Lord, to be baptized (immersed) into Christ, and to live a life that is faithful until death. 

(2 Peter 3:9; Romans 10:9-10; 6:3-4; Revelation 2:10)

 

We believe in the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

 

We believe that the church is the body of Christ on the earth and exists to save the lost and edify the saved.  (Ephesians 4:1 – 16)


We believe that Jesus will return again one day.  

 (John 14:3, Matthew 25:46)

Church Membership

Being a member of the Church of Christ at Grissom requires only that one obey the Gospel of Christ.  The terms of membership are the same as the terms of pardon that are given in the New Testament for Salvation.  The Scripture, which is our rule of faith and practice, shows what one MUST do to have the promise of Salvation.


Salvation by Grace is Enjoyed When:


One recognizes that they are a sinner and falls short of the glory of God. 

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," 

- Romans 3:23


One comes to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. 

"And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water: what doth hinder me to be baptized?  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.  And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God"  

- Acts 8:36-36


One is willing to call on the Name of the Lord to be saved. 

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  

- Romans 10:13

"And now, why tarriest thou?  Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

- Acts 22:16


One will repent of their sins. 

"Then Peter said unto them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

- Acts 2:38-39


One will be immersed to be forgiven of sins. 

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

- Mark 16:16

"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.

- Colossians 2:12-13


One will gladly receive the Word. 

"Then they that glady received his word were baptized:  and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."

-Acts 2:41

"Praising God, and having favour with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

-Acts 2:47



The Lord adds such a person to the Church.  The terms of pardon are therefore the terms of membership in the universal Church of Christ.


If one has been obedient to the terms of the Gospel, and expresses a desire to work with us in spreading the "Good News" of the Gospel, we welcome their decision.


If you are a repentant believer who was immersed into Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and if you teach others that these are the terms of the salvation that Jesus offers; you are welcome to join us.


If you have never obeyed these terms, we encourage you to do so - and then  you can go on your way rejoicing.


"38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.  

39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing."

-Acts 8:38-39

BAPTISM

Considering baptism? Am I ready to be baptized? 

Baptism is for anyone who wants to accept or has accepted the teachings and call of Jesus Christ. All those who are willing to repent of their sins and confess their faith in Christ should be baptized (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38-39). 


God, the author of all things, created mankind to have fellowship with Him. Sin entered the world and we became separated from God. Jesus Christ gave up His position next to God to come to earth where He lived a sinless life. He voluntarily died on a cross to pay the price for our sins and then rose again thereby allowing us the possibility of a renewed relationship with God. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and mankind. All those who desire to accept His sacrifice in faith, responding to God’s grace, should be baptized. You need not understand everything there is to know about God. You need not “clean up your life” first. You need to simply understand the purpose of your baptism and commit to following Christ.


If you’d like to be baptized or talk more about baptism, please contact Wade Allen by phone at (765) 689-9469 or by email at wadeccg@outlook.com.  



Why should I be baptized? 

A person should be baptized to: 

follow the example of Christ (Matt. 3:13-17), 

to obey Christ’s command (Matt. 28:18-19), 

to accept forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), 

to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), 

to express trust in Christ (Acts 8:12-13), 

and to testify to God’s work in his or her life (Rom. 6:1-8; Gal. 3:27). 

Baptism also serves to cleanse a guilty conscience (1 Pet. 3:21). 


The Holy Spirit prompts individuals to recognize their sin and guilt. The only method by which the human soul can be wiped clean of sin is through the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:27-10:7). This “washing away” of sin is most clearly demonstrated in the act of baptism (Acts 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21). Since one of the biggest obstacles between God and man is human pride, baptism also offers a venue by which believers humble themselves before God and others and admit their need for Christ’s redemption (James 4:6). In addition, baptism meets a God-given human need for making a commitment, much as a marriage ceremony is an official act of love and commitment. The act of baptism, by itself, cannot save an individual who lacks faith. We are saved through accepting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and that includes repenting of sins, confessing Christ and being baptized. 



When should I be baptized? 

A person should be baptized at the time he or she trusts in Christ. The Bible teaches we are saved by grace, through faith (Eph. 2:8), but in the New Testament church, a person’s baptism was always the first expression of faith, not separate from it. So baptism was not just a symbol or a memorial of faith, but offers a means of union with Christ and a benchmark of transformation, marking the place and time a person made a commitment to Christ (Rom. 6:1-8). At the Church of Christ at Grissom, we are attempting to restore the original intent and practice of baptism. Therefore, we ask a person to be baptized at the point that he or she is ready to make a commitment to Christ.



How should I be baptized? 

The word for “baptism” in the New Testament is the Greek word baptizo, which means “To immerse in water.” Examples of how it was used in first century culture include the dyeing of a garment by plunging it into a vat, the drawing of water by dipping one vessel into another, or even the sinking of ships at sea. Some form of the word is used 91 times in the New Testament. The vast majority of these cases refer to the act of submitting to immersion in a body of water in response to a person’s admission of his sinfulness, a sense of repentance, and the realization of the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness to overcome that condition. The New Testament teaches that baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:1-5). Baptism specifically serves as a symbol of the burial of the old self and the resurrection of the believer’s soul to walk in life with Christ. Therefore, at the Church of Christ at Grissom, we baptize people by immersing them in water. 



Must a person be baptized during a worship service? 

No. Baptisms at other times are acceptable and were the norm in the early church (Acts 8:38; 16:33). However, baptisms during worship services do provide the opportunity to testify to your faith and show humility. What about infant baptism? If the purpose of baptism is to publicly identify a believer in Jesus Christ, the question may well be asked by some, “What is the significance of my baptism as a baby?” Biblically, baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation. God creates all of us in His image, and babies are incapable of sin, and also unable to have an understanding of sin and salvation. In the New Testament the examples we see of baptism are with people old enough to make the decision for themselves. 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 parent’s wishes.



Should a person ever be rebaptized? 

Any person who has trusted in Jesus as the only Son of God and who has willingly been immersed into Christ may become a member of  the Church of Christ at Grissom whether the baptism occurred at CCG or elsewhere. 


Rebaptism is encouraged for those who lack confidence in their initial baptism experience because they don’t remember it, they were coerced, or their heart was not right with God at the time. Anyone who has fallen into sin after having been baptized should repent and seek forgiveness, but rebaptism is not necessary (1 John 1:8-9).