The Next Steps ...
We believe that God created the world and everything in it, including you, and He wants to begin a personal, one-on-one relationship with you today.
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 your life now in your 9 to 5, trying to take care of your kids, paying bills, or just keeping your head above water?
God, the Creator of the universe, has a purpose for the world. God created humanity to have a personal relationship with Him. But we are all sinners. All of us have chosen to live our lives for ourselves and to disobey God’s Word. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” We know this is true because of the brokenness of our world.
But the Good News is that God loves you and desires to save you because He is a good God. He sent Jesus to die on the Cross and raise from the dead, to pay for you sins and provide a way of salvation. The Good News is, you don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to be saved.
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. All you must do to be saved and forgive is recognize that you are a sinner in need of God, that you cannot save yourself. Believe that Jesus is Lord and that He died on the Cross for your sins and rose from the dead. Repent of your sins and surrender your life to Him, and He will save you.
Romans 10:9 say, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,‘ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Becoming a Christian is more than walking down an aisle, filling out a card, or saying a prayer. It is a change of your life! (Repentance) Turning away from your sins and asking Jesus to come into your life as Savior and Lord. We would love to talk to you and help you make this greatest decision of your life.
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 that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and 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?
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 Central, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism. We provide classes for children so that they can better understand the meaning of following Jesus and baptism.
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 underwater 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 you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.
God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.
God did not design for you to do life alone, but to do life in community. We have many Small groups that can help you be involved in community.
The goal of joining a group is to grow in your walk with Jesus around people that can support you in taking your next steps. We believe life is better when you live in community. There are Bible Study options available for Senior Adult Ladies, Senior Adult Coed, Median Adult Coed, Young Adult Coed, Youth Coed, Preteen, Children, and Preschool. We want to help you find the best fit.