What denomination is CONCORD?
CONCORD, by denomination, is Southern Baptist. While we are proud of our heritage, influence, tradition and cooperation within the denomination, we welcome anyone from any denomination or religious background. (See What We Believe section on home page).
Do I have to join the church in order to participate or serve?
The short answer is no. You can attend our worship services, be a part of a Connection Classs (formerly known as Sunday School), go on a mission trip, audition for the choir or orchestra and give financially. However, if you like what you see and experience, and desire to become a member, we do offer a New Members class on a regular basis. There you will hear about our Purpose, Mission and Vision and how we feel God is leading us to accomplish them.
What is your belief about baptism?
We believe the New Testament teaches that the appropriate mode of baptism is by immersion. We believe baptism symbolizes or identifies us with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We do not believe baptism has any saving power or is necessary to enter heaven upon our death as believers. The thief on the cross was told by Jesus that he would be in Paradise with Jesus, and the thief was never baptized. However, we do believe it shows our willingness and obedience to follow Jesus and to follow His example of being baptized as well by John the Baptist.
How do you practice the Lord's Supper?
We practice what is called "Open Communion." This essentially means you do not have to be a member of our church in order to participate. All that is required is you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. As one of the sacred sacraments, we believe the "bread and wine," only represent or symbolize Jesus' body and blood. Therefore, we do not believe the Supper has any saving power, but it dramatically demonstrates to us the need to remember Jesus' death until He comes. (I Corinthians 11:17-34).