Our mission as the Westwood Church of Christ is to Love God, Love Others and Love Serving. We believe that we are fulfilling that mission when we are:
* Living out the commandments of Jesus to love, serve, and forgive one another. (John 14:15; Matthew 5-7; John 13:1-17; John 13:35; Luke 18:21-35)
*Caring for the least among us. (Matthew 25:31-46)
*Teaching believers through the Bible how to live God-honoring lives. (Romans 6:12-14; Colossians 3:1-10)
* Sending those believers back out into the world to share with others the Good News about Jesus. (Roans 10:13-15; Acts 1:8)
We believe salvation is a gift from God and deep reflection of his grace and mercy towards us. By placing our faith in God’s great work through Jesus Christ, we are saved from our past, set free in the present, and given hope for the future. This pivot towards God and away from our own selfish pursuits and desires is referred to in the Bible as repentance. As a response to God’s love towards us in Jesus, we respond in obedience to Him through baptism; recognizing God’s work through Jesus alone as our hope for salvation. (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23; Acts 2:38; Titus 3:5)
We believe baptism is one of the most exciting moments in a person’s journey of faith. Baptism is a powerful moment in which we publicly identify ourselves with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we surrender our ways to His way. We celebrate baptism in a variety of ways. People have been baptized in front of large crowds during our Sunday morning worship, late a night surrounded by a small number of friends and family, in pools at church camp, even in the ocean on a family vacation. Regardless of the time, the place or the number of people watching – we love to celebrate as people choose to acknowledge their dependence on Jesus through baptism. If you have questions about baptism, feel free to contact the church office to make an appointment with one of our ministers.