Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The significance of water baptism is that it symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him in those thing. Jesus, in His sacrifice for us, represented us. When a person receives Jesus as Lord, he identifies fully with what happened to Jesus (Rom 6:4-6).
Water baptism is a physical act that should permanently mark the mind of the person being baptized with the reality of his union with Jesus Christ. Water baptism gives the believer the opportunity to openly testify to others of his born-again experience. It serves as an outward sign and testimony of an inward grace. The believer has been crucified with Christ, buried with Him, and raised together with Him to walk in newness of life (Gal. 2:20, Rom 6:4).
We believe in the Tithe (first ten percent of our income) that belongs to the Lord, offerings that are given willingly and alms that are given to the poor. We believe our giving should be done out of our love for God and a cheerful heart (2 Cor 9:6-7). In our obedience to give our tithes and offerings Malachi 3:10 says God will “…open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it”.
Worship is our personal and corporate response to God, in spirit and in truth, for who He is and what He has done. It is expressed by what we say, sing and the way we live. Our praise and worship includes singing and playing instruments. We believe that singing praise to God is a command to all ( Psalm 66:1-2 ) and is a powerful way to respond to our God and King.
At Word of Life Bentonville we worship joyfully and in respectful reverence to God. During our services worship can take many forms. Sometimes it is structured and other times, spontaneous. It can be loud and at other times very quiet. There can be an explosive celebration of praise and sometimes there is a quiet reverence.