Jesus said that there are some things that are more important than others (Matt. 23:23; Psalm 51; Mic. 6:6-8). That does not mean one should ignore "less weighty" matters, but simply put the first things first. Faith, love, Justice (doing the right thing), mercy, and having a humble spirit bound to the Gospel of Christ is our primary goal because it is the primary goal of God. We trust His grace and wisdom for the rest!
The word "Gospel" means "good news." In the Christian context it is the truth that Jesus was equal to God and emptied Himself of His power and authority to become like fleshly man. And He was here, He showed us what true righteousness and love looks like by living a perfect life and being crucified for our sins. By the power of the Spirit He rose again on the third day so that we might live forever with Him (1 Cor. 15; Phil. 2)!
We are saved by the grace of God through a trust in the power of Christ in His Gospel. The same Spirit who rose Jesus from the grave lives in all who believe in and accept the Gospel. Christians have opinions, different maturity levels, and different amounts of knowledge. They will never agree on everything. We are not united by uniformity, but by the acceptance of the finished work in Christ (Rom 14).
We believe in one God in 3 persons. A husband and wife are one although they have different roles and personalities. A ball team is one although the players each have different roles and personalities. The God-head is one although it has different roles and personalities with each part. The Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and God the Father are all one in power, will and authority. They are separate in a sense, and one in another sense (John 14-16). They are worthy of worship!
Every Sunday at Shoals church we take this meal (unleavened bread and grape juice) as a reminder that Jesus lives through us as a church body. The bread represents His body and the "fruit of the vine" represents His blood continually cleansing us of our brokenness. The first century church took it as often as they met. Weekly communion, like acappella singing, is a tradition for most of us, not a salvation issue. But it is a tradition we embrace as the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 11).
The word baptism literally means to dip, but in certain contexts it also simply means to cover up. There are 2 primary forms of baptism for the Christian. 1) Water baptism and 2) Spirit baptism. All who wish to follow Christ must be baptized with water. It represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ as well as what the Spirit has done to you spiritually. One is not a Christian unless one believes and is immersed into the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13; Acts 11:16).