What We Believe
Broadway Christian Church desires to contribute to the unity of believers rather than be a part of the divisions. We are an independent Christian church and considered non-denominational. Our members have come from a wide variety of backgrounds and doctrinal persuasions but we have found a unity in Christ that does not allow these differences to divide us.
BCC does not require that members subscribe to a formal creed. In a very real sense, “we have no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible.” The twin bases of our unity are our faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and our adherence to the Bible as the inspired text for our teaching.
We seek unity of understanding in the essentials of our faith, yet we do not suggest that we must agree on all things pertaining to our walk in Christ. On many issues we have the freedom to disagree. We do ask, however, that all who accept membership or hold a leadership or teaching position in Christ’s Church respect the following guidelines and resist any temptation to use their position as a forum from which to teach other views.
The following are what BCC considers to be the essentials:
To follow the examples of Jesus.
“At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” Mark 1:9
Because Christ commanded it.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
To put on Christ.
“As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27
For the forgiveness of sins and to receive the gift of the Spirit.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
To be united with Christ in His death and resurrection.
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.” Romans 6:4-5
As a pledge of a good conscience toward God.
“And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God.” 1 Peter 3:21
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
The word “baptize” means “to immerse or dip under water.”
“… then both Philip and the man went down in to the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
It best symbolizes a death, burial, and resurrection.
“If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.” Romans 6:5
Denominational leaders agree.
“I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.” Martin Luther (Lutheran)
“The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.” John Calvin (Presbyterian)
“Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.” Wesley (Methodist)
“For thirteen hundred years, baptism was an immersion of the person under water.” Brenner (Catholic)
Every believer who has repented of sin and confessed Christ as Lord and Savior.
At BCC, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the meaning of repentance and confession before we baptize them.
Some churches practice infant baptism by sprinkling. The ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal decision. At that time, the child is confirmed. This custom began several hundred years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the New Testament which was only for those old enough to believe and repent. It was to be “the act of a good conscience toward God.” (1 Peter 3:2 1)
At Broadway Christian Church, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized by immersion, even though they might have been “sprinkled” as an infant and “confirmed” as a child.
As soon as you believe and repent, make plans for baptism.
“Those who believed … were baptized … that day.” Acts 2:41
“They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.’ Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night, the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.” Acts 16:31-33
As a believer, when you received Christ, the next step is water baptism.