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Hello. My name is Steve Jones and I’m the preaching minister

at Vero Christian Church. If you are watching this video it is

likely because you have some interest in making Vero Christian

your church family. Thank you for that

consideration. We would love to have you join the family.

What follows is a presentation of some of our core beliefs

that you need to be aware of in order to make an informed

decision. I’m going to cover four basic points: 1) Our unity.

2) Our understanding of salvation. 3) Expectations of

members. 4) Our structure.


Vero Christian Church is part of the “Restoration

Movement.” We seek unity through restoration of the

New Testament Church. Our unifying principle is to take

the Bible and the Bible alone as our only rule of faith and

practice. So we determine to follow the Bible as opposed

to human traditions that may have evolved in the church

over the centuries. This unites us by providing an

objective and authoritative standard we can all agree on -

The Bible. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:20 “(You are)

members of God's household, built on the foundation of

the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as

the chief cornerstone.” When Paul writes that the

foundation of the Church is the “apostles and prophets”

we take that to mean the writings of the apostles and

prophets which we have in the form of the New

Testament. There is nothing wrong with man-made

traditions per se. Eating turkey on Thanksgiving is a man-

made tradition - nothing wrong with that! But when a

man-made tradition that has evolved in the church,

contradicts the Biblical teaching, or causes people to

follow the tradition in place of the Bible’s teaching, then

we discard that tradition and restore the Biblical practice.

That’s called restoration.

As an example of restoration, take the communion,

or “Lord’s Supper.” That’s when Christians eat bread and

drink grape juice to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

How often should a church observe the Lord’s supper?

Some churches observe the Lord’s Supper once a month,

some quarterly and some annually. We observe the Lord’s

Supper every week on Sunday. Why? Because Luke

records in Acts 20:7 “On the first day of the week we

gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s

Supper.” The first day of the week was Sunday. Weekly

observance appears to have been the practice of the

church under the direction of the apostles. Therefore, we

have restored weekly communion in our church. That’s

what restoration is all about: following the Bible and doing

Bible things in Bible ways. That’s pretty straightforward. As

a church, we’re simply determined to follow the Bible, as

faithfully as possible, in our beliefs and practices. We’re

intentional about that.

Next let’s talk about our understanding of salvation.

Here’s what we believe the Bible teaches regarding how a

person is “saved”, that is, how a person becomes a

Christian. I’ll give you a basic statement and then unpack

it for you. We believe that you are saved by grace,

through faith, at baptism and for good works. Now let

me break that down and unpack it.

To say that we are saved “by grace” means that our

salvation is a gift to us from God. The word “grace” means

gift. All of us have broken God’s law and that makes us

guilty of sin. Sin is defined as breaking God’s law. We

cannot “undo” that guilt. We cannot perform enough

good deeds to negate even one of our sins, much less all of

them. We are guilty and we have to pay the penalty. The

penalty is eternal punishment. So, our salvation can never

be accomplished by our own good works or good deeds. It

is not something we deserve or have earned. God makes it

possible for us to be saved by his grace - his loving, giving

nature that wants to forgive us and make it possible for us

to enjoy eternal life with Him in Heaven.

We are saved by grace, through faith. Saving faith is

two things. First, faith is assent that certain facts are true.

Those facts are that Jesus is God’s son, he died on the

cross as a substitute to take upon himself the guilt and

penalty for our sin, he was buried and rose again on the 3 rd

day. The second part of saving faith is trust. Not only do

you believe those facts to be true, but you entrust yourself

to God to save you through the cross of Jesus Christ. It is

possible to believe the facts but still not put your trust in

God for salvation. It takes both belief and trust to have

saving faith.

We are saved by grace, through faith, at baptism.

The word “baptism” literally means immersion. Baptism is

an immersion in water of a person who 1) has saving faith

and 2) has made the decision to turn away from a life of

selfishness and sin in order to live their lives in obedience

to God from now on. That decision is called “repentance.”

When we say we are saved “at baptism” we mean your

immersion in water, your baptism, is the point in time

when God saves you. Baptism is when you go from being

lost, to being saved. Your baptism is when you become a

Christian. Here are some of the Bible verses that teach the

meaning and purpose of baptism:

Colossians 2:12-13

“For you were buried with Christ when you were

baptized. And with him you were raised to new life

because you trusted the mighty power of God, who

raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of

your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut

away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he

forgave all our sins.” Having your sins forgiven is the very

definition of “being saved.” That happens at your baptism.

I know that baptism is a sticking point for some

people because so many man-made traditions have

evolved over the centuries surrounding this important

step. Human, man-made traditions, like the sprinkling of

infants or praying Jesus into your heart. Many of those

traditions simply have no basis in the Bible and actually

cause people to neglect the Bible’s actual teachings. So,

remember the first principle that we covered. We discard

man-made traditions that are not in the Bible, and we

restore the Biblical teaching. Here are a few more

scriptures that make the meaning and purpose of baptism


At the conclusion of the first recorded gospel sermon

in the Bible, the Apostle Peter offered this invitation to his

audience who had just asked him, “What shall we do?”

Acts 2:38, 39 - Peter replied, "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. The promise is for you and your children

and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our

God will call."

Notice that baptism is “for the forgiveness of sins” and it is

also when you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16 – Ananias to Saul “And now what are you

waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins

away, calling on his name.” “Washing your sins away” is

another way of saying “have your sins forgiven.” I would

ask the same question of you if you have not yet been

baptized: “What are you waiting for?”

In I Peter 3:21 the Apostle Peter writes “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. Baptism saves you by the

resurrection of Jesus Christ”

I know it is hard to unlearn something we may have been

taught for most of our lives by people we love and trust.

For those who would like to explore this issue more deeply

I will provide you with a more thorough study of baptism

either as a handout, if you’re in our physical class, or as a

link in the description of this video.

We are saved by grace, through faith, at baptism and

for good works. We are not saved by our good works, as

we have already stated, but once we are saved, God has

good work that he wants us to do. These good works

include things like prayer, reading the Bible, serving in a

church, being generous with our money and, in general,

living in obedience to God’s will as revealed in the Bible.

We are saved by grace, through faith, at baptism and for

good works.

Before we leave this discussion of salvation, I want to

introduce you to the Biblical concept of positional

salvation. It’s helpful to understand the difference

between our position and our condition when it comes to

salvation. Paul writes in Philippians 3:9 – And be found in

Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes

from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ –

the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”

In that verse, Paul says he wants to be found “In Him”

meaning “In Christ.” What does that mean? I like to

illustrate what that means using three examples from the

Old Testament.

1) Example one - Noah’s ark. (Picture of Noah’s ark for

about five seconds). The first world-wide judgement was

the flood. Only eight people were “saved” from that

judgement: Noah, his three sons and their wives. In one

sense, they were saved by virtue of where they were when

the judgment came. They were in the ark. That was their

position. In their condition, they were not perfect. In fact,

Noah got drunk after the flood. He had his “issues.” All of

them did - just like all of us do. But they had enough faith

to get into the ark which was the position of salvation. So,

in that example, you can see the difference between their

position and their condition.

2) Example two - The Passover Houses. (Picture of

Passover houses for about five seconds) In the Old

Testament, God sent ten plagues against Egypt to free the

Hebrews from Egyptian slavery. The tenth plague was to

be the death of the first-born son in every home in Egypt.

The Hebrews were also in Egypt. In order to be spared this

plague, God told them to smear lamb’s blood over their

door-frames and to get inside those houses covered with

blood. The death angel passed over all of the houses

covered with blood. Thus, the name, “Passover.” The

Hebrews who were “saved” from that judgment were not

saved because of their condition. They were actually a

very stubborn and rebellious people who caused God all

kinds of grief once they were delivered out of Egypt.

Rather they were saved by their position. They had enough

faith to get into those houses covered by blood. They were

saved because of where they were when the judgment


3) Example three - Rahab’s house. (Pic of Rahab’s house

for about five seconds). When the Israelites began their 7-

year military campaign to conquer the promised land, the

first battle they fought was the battle of Jericho. Before

they attacked the city, they sent in two spies to

reconnoiter. The local authorities in Jericho got wind of it

and began to search for the spies. The spies were hidden

by a sympathetic citizen of Jericho named Rahab. After

the authorities had left, the spies asked Rahab, “What can

we do to reward you?” She said, “You can spare my life

when your army attacks our city.” They said, “Fair enough,

you mark your house with a scarlet rope hanging out your

window. On the day of our attack, make sure you and

everyone you care about is in this house. We will spare

everyone who is in this house.” And that is what

happened. There were no survivors from the battle of

Jericho except Rahab and her family. Why were they

saved? Not because of her condition. Rahab was a

prostitute. She was not particularly righteous. They were

saved because of their position. She had enough faith to

get into the right place at the right time.

Fast forward to the New Testament. We’re not Old

Testament Jews we are New Testament Christians.

Nevertheless, the Bible teaches there is a position of

salvation today. It’s not a place, it’s a person. The position

of salvation now is “in Christ.” That’s why Paul wrote

Philippians 3:9 – “And be found in Him, not having a

righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but

that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness

that comes from God and is by faith.” Paul wants to be

found “In him”. In whom? In Christ. Found by whom? By

God. On the judgment day Paul wants God to find him “in


The way Christian salvation works is we give God

something and in exchange he gives us something. We

give God our faith, and in exchange, God gives us

righteousness. Question, “How righteous do you have to

be to go to Heaven?” Answer, perfectly righteous. That is

good news and bad news. It’s bad news because we all

know that we are not perfectly righteous. Not even close.

But it’s good news because in salvation, God gives us

perfect righteousness in exchange for faith. In fact, he

gives us the righteousness of Christ. Philippians 3:9 –

“And be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my

own that comes from the law, but that which is through

faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God

and is by faith.”

When you enter into Christ, the position of salvation,

God imputes to you the righteousness of Christ. Perfect,

saving righteousness. You’re not saved because of how

many Bible verses you’ve memorized, or prayers you’ve

prayed or dollars you’ve given to the church. Those things

are important but not for the purpose of salvation. You’re

saved because you get credit for the perfect righteousness

of Christ. It is imputed to you when you are “In Christ.”

All of that begs the question, how do you enter into

Christ. What is the “door” so to speak? Noah’s ark had a

door entered into by faith. The Passover houses had doors

entered into by faith. Rahab’s house had a door entered

into by faith. What is the door into Christ, the position of

salvation? The door is baptism.

Galatians 3:27

“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have

clothed yourselves with Christ.”

Romans 6:3

“All of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were

baptized into his death?”

Do you see the positional language in those verses?

“Baptized into Christ”. Is baptism a work? Yes, baptism is a

work of God. Everything that happens to you in baptism is

something that only God can do. In a baptism, we see a

repentant believer being immersed in water. But what is

happening, at that moment in time, in the mind of God is

this. In baptism,

1) God forgives your sin.

2) God places you into Christ, the position of salvation.

3) God imputes to you the righteousness of Christ.

4) God gives you the Holy Spirit to live inside of you and

help you live a life of holiness.

5) And God places you into his church.

Now, all you have to do is decide which local

congregation is the one you want to partner with in

service and ministry as your spiritual family. We call that

“placing membership.”

Anyone can place membership with Vero Christian Church

who has:

1) A belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

2) Repented from sin and decided to live in obedience to

God to the best of your ability, God helping you.

3) Been baptized by immersion in water for the

forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Now let me talk very briefly about what is expected of

church members. In general, there are four basic

expectations of new members:

1) LOVE GOD - The Sunday worship service is one of the

primary ways we grow in our love for God and show our

love for God. This is the expectation of regular Sunday

church attendance. Unfortunately, the average church

attendance of most Church members in the United States

is one or two times per month. God is the one who has

called us to assemble with other Christians every week on

Sunday to worship him in love. If you’re not sick, at work

or out of town, on Sunday, God expects you to be

expressing your love for him in church with your spiritual


2) LOVE PEOPLE - The Bible says we are to love our fellow

man and especially our fellow church Christians. A great

way to do that is to get involved with a small group study,

or life group. A life group is also a great way to make

friends and grow spiritually. We have opportunities to

participate in life groups at various times and various days.

Some of our life groups meet at the church building and

others meet in homes.

3) SERVE OTHERS - We serve others by getting involved in

a ministry of some sort. There are many ways to do this

including several “entry-level” ministries where new

people can get started right away, such as greeter or



The Bible teaches that Christians are to be “givers.” Paul

writes: “You must each decide in your heart how much

to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to

pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’”

(II Cor.9:7)

At Vero Christian, our church giving is confidential. It is

between you and God. Offering envelopes are available

upon request if you would like a receipt for “charitable

giving” at the end of the year. Online giving is also

available at our website:

Finally, I will finish by talking about our structure. We are

a non-denominational church. Our congregation is

independent and autonomous. We also have a voluntary

association with other local, autonomous, independent

congregations of the same belief.

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church

We have Pastors (aka “Elders”) who oversee the Church

with the help of the deacons. Our elders are local church

members who have met the Biblical qualifications for an

elder and have been approved by the congregation to

serve in that way. Those of us who are paid staff serve

under the oversight of the elders.

In conclusion: If you are looking for a church home then

we would love for you to join us at Vero Christian Church.

Please contact us if you’re interested in placing your

membership with us. If you would like to be baptized into

Christ, please contact us and we’ll arrange for your

baptism at the earliest possible opportunity. You can

email us at And you can call us at

772-567- 1368. If no one happens to answer when you

call, please leave a message and we’ll get right back to


I would encourage you to also check out our Discover 201

presentation and Discover 301 presentation. In Discover

201 we’ll go into more detail about how and why to get

involved with a life group. In Discover 301 we’ll go into

more detail about how and why to get involved in a

ministry. Thank you and God bless.