What We Believe

In trying to summarize the things we believe, there are two dangers. First, there is the danger that some will take the statement of beliefs as a creed rather than going to the true source of doctrine, the Bible. Second, there is the danger that we might omit something important. That said, we have prayerfully drafted this list of beliefs commonly held by the members of the Ridgecrest church.

  • First, that there is a sovereign God who spoke the universe into existence, and that we owe Him our obedience.              (Acts 17:24)
  • That God’s word is the only absolute source of truth. (John 17:17)
  • That God has given man the ability to choose between good and evil.
  • That we have not inherited Adam’s sin, but we have inherited the consequences of Adam’s sin.
  • That we are saved by Christ’s atoning blood. (1 Peter 1:19, 20)
  • That although we can do nothing to earn our salvation, God has set conditions we must abide by in order to be saved        (1 Peter 1:22) 

That these conditions are:

  • Believe that Jesus is the son of God (John 3:17,18)
  • Repent of our sins (Acts 2:38)
  • Confess (acknowledge) Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 10:32)
  • Be baptized (Acts 22:16)
  • That a child of God can sin so as to be eternally lost. (2 Peter 3:17)
  • That the New Testament has given us God’s pattern for the organization, work, and worship of the church.

If you are searching for a church home, or if you just have questions about our beliefs or the biblical doctrine on which we base them, you are always welcome to attend our Sunday or Wednesday worship services, or to contact our church office for more information.

How to Become

a Christian

What is Baptism?

Baptism is not a church creed or ordinance, but a command of Christ recorded in the New Testament (John 3:5).

Baptism as practiced in the early church, was by immersion into water (Acts 8:39). The reason for immersion is that baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:4). Just as Jesus died, was buried and was raised, the believer dies to sin, the “old” man is buried and a new person comes to life. Baptism is not a work by which we merit salvation but a mark of our obedience to Christ. Jesus commanded baptism in Matthew 28:19-20.

What is a Christian?

A Christian, simply stated, is a member of Christ’s church. 

Becoming a Christian is simple; yet living as a Christian is not. To live as a Christian is to submit to God's will, having a fear of the Lord, an understanding of His sacrifice for us, and reciprocating that love by working in His service and loving each other. The steps are outlined in the New Testament. We believe that the steps taken by Christians of the first century that resulted in their salvation will bring you salvation as well.

  • The Gospel must be heard (Romans 10:17)
  • You must believe (Hebrews 11:6)
  • You must repent and turn away from past sins  (Acts 3:19)
  • You must confess Jesus as Lord (Matthew 10:32)
  • You must be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38)

By completing these 5 steps you will be added to the Lord's church.  

Placing Membership With Our Congregation

If you feel that Ridgecrest would be a great place for you to grow and serve then we encourage you to place membership with our congregation. Just talk to one of our elders or contact the Church Office and they will assist you.