God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to man and to become the Savior of the lost world.

Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and was and remains true God and true man. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and gives spiritual life to all believers, enables them to understand Biblical truth, empowers them for Godly living, gives them spiritual gifts and equips them for service and witness.

John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

The Bible

It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God's Word to all men. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error in the original writings.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by good works. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty.

John 14:6; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5.

Eternal Security

God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, thus the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. It is God’s grace and power that gives this security not the works of man.

John 10:29; Ephesians 2: Ephesians 2: 4-9; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25 & 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5

Why should I be baptized?

To follow the example set by Jesus Christ. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” Mark 1:9

Because Christ commands 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 Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” Matthew 18:19-20

It demonstrates that I really am a believer “…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

I was sprinkled as a child. Why should I be baptized by immersion?

Because Jesus was baptized that way, “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16

Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion “…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” means “to dip under water.” The Greek word “baptize” means “to immerse or dip under water.”

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has believed in Christ. “Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…” Acts 2:41 “Simon himself believed and was baptized…” Acts 8:13 “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 8:2

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you have believed!

“Those who believed…were baptized…that day!” Acts 2:41

“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him (the eunuch) 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.

What if I’ve been baptized by immersion by another denomination?

If I have already received Christ and been baptized by immersion in another independent or denominational church you do not have to be baptized to be a member of Green Valley.

Some people, however, who become members, choose to be baptized again if they feel their first baptism was for the wrong reason or preceded their conversion to Christ.