JOIN OUR FAMILY
You have been worshipping with us for a few weeks or maybe a few months, and you have decided that you are ready to go all in! For our church family that means that you have committed to give your whole life to following Jesus and want to play an active role in the kingdom of God. We say “active” role because we believe there is real commitment required to follow Jesus faithfully, and the following are the main steps to joining this family.
Becoming a Christian
What it Means to be a Christian:
You are not here by accident! Something stirring in your heart brought you here today. That something is God. He loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you through His son, Jesus Christ. God wants to bless your life and make it full and complete.
Jesus paid the price so your sins could be forgiven. He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life. That’s all it takes for you to be saved – believe that he died for you to save you.
When you receive Jesus into your heart, you become a child of God. You now have a personal relationship with God through Jesus. You can talk to Him through prayer any time, about anything. He knows your hurts, He feels your sorrows, and rejoices in your joys. And best of all, your relationship with Him is never-ending.
The ABC's of Becoming a Christian
The ABC’s of Salvation
Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand. Here are the ABCs of salvation.
Admit to God you are a sinner. All people need salvation. Each of us have a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives. Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). Since none of us are perfect, all of us are sinners (Rom 3:10-18).
The result of sin is spiritual death (Rom 6:23). Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God’s perfect standard, we are guilty of sin, and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God. Admitting you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self, and turning toward God.
Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. God loves each of us. God offers us salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve his love and salvation, God wants to save us. Through the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others. After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person. Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision. Following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Rom 10:9-10).
Becoming a Member
Why Should I Become a Member of a Church?
Joining Christ Church gives you an opportunity to strengthen your relationships with God and others and to come to know yourself more fully as a child of God.
Being a part of Christ Church unites you with others in this congregation and community as we:
- Deepen our understanding of Christ
- Experience God’s grace
- Claim and share our gifts and talents
How do I join Christ Church?
JOIN ON SUNDAY MORNING:
Let one of our pastors or connecting ministry team know if you wish to join on a Sunday morning.
JOIN AT MEETING WITH THE PASTORS:
These meetings happen six times per year. This is a time for you to find out more about Christ Church and become a member, in a less formal setting.
Living the Promises
The vows we take when we become a member of the United Methodist Church are grouped into three categories:
1. Profession of Faith in Jesus to become part of Christ’s universal church.
2. Declaration of loyalty to the United Methodist Church in particular.
3. A pledge to participate faithfully through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
Spending time in prayer each day, and studying and reflecting on the Bible to experience the living Word of hope in the written word of Scripture.
Celebrating God’s presence in worship with a faith community, and experiencing Christian community in a small group to pray, learn, and grow together.
Practicing Christian stewardship through the biblical discipline of tithing.
Discovering our spiritual gifts and participating in God’s work through the ministry of the church.
Talk to someone
If you’ve got questions, we would love to answer them!