Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.” John 14:6-7
Jesus claimed He knew God. No big deal, right? Plenty of people make the same claim. But Jesus also said He was God. This upset the religious leaders of His day so much that they killed Him. But that was 2,000 years ago. Why does it matter to you now? How does who Jesus is and what He’s done affect you now in your 9 to 5, trying to take care of your kids, paying bills, or just keeping your head above water life?
God, the Creator of the universe, has a purpose for you and your life. He loves you and wants to help you because He is a good God. And because of that, His plans for you are better than your plans for you. You don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know Him. You just have to take a few simple steps.
If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, He will be your Savior.
You don’t have to be perfect. Through His death on the cross, and then coming back from the dead, Jesus took all of your wrong and gave you all of His right. If you believe that and commit to following Him, your life will never be the same. It’s as simple as repenting of your sin, declaring you want to follow Jesus, and believing He is who He says He is.
Believing in Jesus is the first step on the greatest journey of your life. You haven’t finished the race—you’ve just gotten started. The best is yet to come!
If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, or if you still have questions, we’d love to talk with you about it. Contact Us
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
Baptism does not save us. Only faith in Jesus Christ can do that.
Baptism does not make us a believer; it only shows that you already believe.
Baptism is like a wedding ring; it is an outward symbol of a heart commitment.
Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your commitment to follow Him. It’s the next step after salvation.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others you follow Jesus now, and it allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives, and that’s worth getting excited about!
2. Why should I be baptized?
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
3. When’s the best time to be baptized?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
4. Do you baptize children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At Family of Faith, while we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism, we don’t set an age minimum.
5. What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed under water represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).
6. Do I need to be baptized again if I’ve already been baptized?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since the time you decided to follow Jesus, we invite you take this next step. If you’ve already taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.
God always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He commands.
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Groups are designed for people who want to take their next steps together.
The goal in joining a group is to grow in your walk with Jesus with people who can support you in taking your next steps. We believe life is better when you live in community. It is why Group meetings throughout the week are helpful.
At Family of Faith, we are passionate about building relationships and sharing the love of God with our community. That’s why we desire that everyone get involved with a Group. Our Groups are a vital extension of our larger corporate church experience and meet throughout the week. This intimate environment fosters connection with people like you, to hang out, pray, and get to know each other as you grow in your walk with Christ.
You know as much as anybody that it’s important to be connected. You may also know that it’s hard to connect with others and build lasting friendships. Even defining community is tough because being in community is more than showing up for a gathering. It’s doing life together.
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Every believer is created with gifts that set us apart and that God formed in us to use to advance His Kingdom.
Our church isn’t built on the gifts and talents of a few, but on the willing hearts and hands of many who serve and give of their time, talent and treasure to make who we are and all that we do possible. Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than it is to receive and that those who are greatest among us are those who serve. We believe that we were born to serve God and others! There are many different ways and areas in which you can serve.
We would love to help you find your passion, build community and be a part of something amazing.
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