who has manifested Himself in the form of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Father is God; Jesus is God; the Holy Spirit is God.
We take it seriously and literally.
Our church is not perfect because we aren't perfect. But local churches are a place where you can realize you don't have to be alone and there a tons of people just like you.
Complete immersion in water because it demonstrates that we have decided to live a new life and have left our old way of thinking in the dust.
Because all of us, (you, me, your neighbor, crazy uncle Bill), make mistakes, have hurt people and ourselves. Jesus chose to pay the penalty for us all so we can have the opportunity for forgiveness and to go to Heaven.
It’s not about working for it, being extra good, never saying a cuss word. Salvation is a gift that God gives to everyone who simply believes, even if for just a moment.