A Family of Believers

loving God
serving others
abiding in Christ
forgiven and forgiving
praying in faith
sharing our hope
enjoying the journey



Mark 12.29-31

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

A Journey of Faith

We believe that the Christian life is a journey. We’re all at different stages of the journey, and we invite you to walk with us along the way. Here’s a brief, simple outline of how to begin or take the next step of your journey.

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Faith

Followers of Jesus must believe that Jesus is who he says he is.  As we learn more about him from the Bible, we come to understand that the stories about Jesus are true. For some of us, this happens naturally as we grow up in Christian homes, hearing the stories from childhood. For others, this calls for radically changing our minds about Jesus, reading the stories for the first time, moving from unbelief to belief.  The Bible calls this belief faith, and you can read about it here: John 3:16, John 17:20

Repentance

It’s not enough to just believe the right things, we must also have a change of heart.  The more we know about Jesus, the more we recognize that our lives don’t measure up to his standards.  We must admit this to ourselves and to him, turn away from our old ways and commit ourselves to his way of living. Picture the sign you may see at a restaurant or business: under new management.  The Bible calls this change of heart repentance. You may read about repentance here: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19

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Confession

When we commit to turning our lives over to Jesus, we are making a statement: Jesus is Lord! A Bible word for this statement is confession of faith. This confession isn’t like what you see on a cop show on TV and doesn’t involve telling people your sins. There are no set words and no formula to recite. This confession is a simple, public statement in your own words that you believe in Jesus and are committed to following Him.  Here’s a little of what the Bible says about this type of confession: Matthew 10:32-33, Philippians 2:9-11

Baptism

It’s not enough to have the change of mind and the change of heart, we must also enter into a new relationship with Jesus.  God has given us a way to re-enact the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  Just as Jesus died on the cross, was buried in a tomb, and rose from the dead, so we die to our sins.  We are immersed in water to represent Jesus’ burial in the tomb.  As we come up out of the water, the same resurrection power that brought Jesus out of tomb enters our hearts and our lives, bringing forgiveness of sin and the promise that God will never abandon us.  Baptism is a special gift of God – it’s hard for many of us to pinpoint a time when we moved from unbelief to belief, or from non-repentance to repentance. These are processes that take place over time. Baptism, on the other hand, gives us a specific point in time to look back to and know that God acted in our lives in special ways at just that moment in time. You may read about baptism here Matthew 28:18-19, Romans 6:3-4, Acts 22:16

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If you’d like help taking your next step of faith, please call or contact us. We’d love to walk with you.