NVOM observes two congregational ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We view these ordinances as significant, though symbolic, events.
We believe baptism by immersion is a symbolic re-enactment of salvation. Having "died" to sin, one is buried under the water and then raised out of the water and into a new way of life, as a follower of the Resurrected Lord Jesus. Baptism by immersion dramatizes the new life of the Gospel; however, we do not believe that baptism is required for salvation.
We Believe that water baptism is in obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation.
We Believe that the local church is the local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the head.
We believe observing the Lord's Supper is a symbolic re-enactment of God's provision through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Lord's Supper - also known as Communion - is a time when believers carefully examine their lives, confess their sins, and reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus' life for our salvation.
1 Corinthians 11