Step #1 - Begin your saving relationship with God through Jesus.
We have sinned, we’ve lost our way, and we’re sentenced to death as a result, but God is love and God loves us too deeply to leave us lost. Instead, He has taken the initiative to send His one and only Son, Jesus, to earth, to be our Savior, our Rescuer, our Redeemer.
On the cross, Jesus paid the penalty that our sins had incurred. He has paid for sin, He offers us forgiveness, a fresh start, a clean slate. He offers us new life in Himself!
In order to live out God’s intended purposes for you, not only during your life on earth, but for all of eternity in heaven, you must respond to what Jesus has done for you on the cross. God doesn’t force people to turn to Him and become His children, but He lovingly and openly adopts into His eternal family anyone and everyone who comes to Him by faith in Jesus.
How do I accept this wonderful gift God has for me?
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
“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.
… and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, ...
1 Peter 3:21
Be faithful until the end.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
Who should be baptized?
Baptism is when a believer enters into a covenant with God through Jesus. If you are a believer in Jesus you need to be baptized to fully realize what God has in store for you.
How should I be baptized?
The Bible teaches that baptism should be by immersion in water as a believer.
When can I be baptized?
Whenever you are ready to make Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life. We do not save up baptisms at First Christian Church. Some choose to be baptized on Sunday mornings, however we have many baptisms on week days.
Can my family be baptized together? Can family members participate in my baptism?
Yes! We love to see families make this decision together. We do want to make sure children are old enough to understand the commitment they are making. We often have children baptized by a parent. If someone other than the Minister has witnessed to the person wanting baptized, we encourage their participation.
What should I bring to my baptism?
If you wish, you can bring your own shorts/pants, undergarments, and a towel, along with anything else you think you might need. But you don’t have to bring anything. We make it possible for people to be baptized “on the spot” by providing towels, and clothes.
How can I let you know I’m ready, or have questions?
I am so glad you asked!!!
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Step # 2 - Become a member of First Christian Church.
If you are currently attending First Christian Church and are an immersed believer, the next step for you is to put in your membership. Being a member of the church is a commitment. It is also an agreement to come under the leadership for encouragemnt and accountability.
Membership is less about rights and privileges and more about our shared responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment together.
To be considered a member in good standing you must agree to the following……..
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with First Christian Church’s statements, strategy and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the First Christian Church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
1. I will protect the unity of my church.
By acting in love toward other members
By refusing to gossip
By following the leaders
Romans 15:19; Romans 15:5; 1 Peter 1:22; Hebrews 13:17
2. I will share the responsibility of my church.
By praying for its growth
By giving regularly
1 Thessalonians 1:2; Luke 14:23; Romans 15:7
3. I will serve the ministry of my church.
By discovering my gifts and talents
By being equipped to serve by my Leaders
By developing a servant’s heart
1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:11-12; Philippians 2:3-4, 7
4. I will support the testimony of my church.
By attending faithfully
By living a godly life
By inviting the unchurched to attend
By warmly welcoming those who visit
Hebrews 10:25; Philippians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Leviticus 27:30
Ready to Go All In?
I'm ready to commit to being a fully participating member of First Christian. I have heard the vision, the values, and the beliefs of First Christian Church and believe that God wants me to protect the unity, share the responsibility, serve the ministry, and support the testimony of First Christian Church. I'm going all in!
Step #3 - Begin practicing "Spiritual Disciplines"
7 Habits of a Disciple
A disciple studies the Word of God.
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
A disciple prays and fasts.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
“And when you fast, …
Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
A disciple gathers with other disciples to worship God.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
A disciple has good relationships with other disciples.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
* see Hebrews 10:24-25
A disciple is a servant to other people.
The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
1 Peter 4:10
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
A disciple shares the Good News of Jesus with others.
…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
A disciple gives generously to meet the needs of others.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Step #4 - Find people to grow with.
Christians grow through studying the Word of God as well as developing relationships with other Christians.
First Christian Church currently has two ways for you to find other people to gorw with.
#1 - Sunday morning Bible classes.
Each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. there are classes for all ages.
#2 - Life Groups
These are small groups of people who meet together during the week to study the Bible and get to know one another.
If you would like information on any of these opportunities contact the church office.
Step #5 - Get involved in serving.
Every member of "The Lord's Church" should either be serving in a ministry, or looking for a ministry to serve in. At First Christian Church there are lot of places for people to serve. There are areas of service people can jump right into like our First Impressions Ministry. Others types of serving, like being youth sponsors or working in the Children's Ministry require you to pass a background check.
Have you ever asked God what He wants you to do in order to glorify Him?
The church is a body of believers where each and every one of us have something to contribute in order to glory our God. If one part of the body is not serving it's part the body is handicapped.
Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Here are some things to consider as you decide to serve God and other people:
YOU HAVE a S.H.A.P.E.
1. Every Christian has the Spirit of God inside of them.
The Holy Spirit gives us both moral power and ministry power.
Moral power speaks to His help in ridding our lives of sin.
Ministry power speaks of His enabling the Christian to serve and glorify God.
2. Is your Heart submissive to God's will?
Do you see a need and are you willing to meet it?
Do you see people the way God does and are you motivated to serve them?
3. What are your natural Abilities?
You have things you are naturally good at.
Maybe you have skills you picked up at your job that can be used in service of God and other people.
4. Your Personality will determine how you interact with other people.
Find out your personality type and what that means at www.16personalities.com
5. Do you have any Experience serving?
The worst you could do is learn what type of ministry you are not suited for.