Following Jesus will make your life better and make you better at life, but what does “following Jesus” really mean? You may be getting close to the point where you want to fully commit your life to following Jesus. The Scriptures are clear that the salvation we find in Jesus is attained simply by believing.
To sum up what the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:2-8, we have to believe that Jesus died for our sins and was buried, and that he rose from the grave and was seen. And for those who choose to believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are simply responding to this extraordinary event every day of our life. That is what it means to follow Jesus. Believe and simply respond to that belief as you live the life that God has for you. If you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact email@example.com.
One of the first steps you should take after believing in Jesus is water baptism.
What is water baptism?
Water baptism is the public declaration of your private decision to follow Jesus. Water baptism is not what saves you, it is like a wedding ring. The wedding ring is not your marriage, it is just a symbol that shows everyone else that you are faithfully married. So it is with water baptism. It’s simply your opportunity to show everyone that you have decided to follow Jesus.
And because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it does demonstrate submission to God. We immerse believers in water because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in him.
Our baptism process…
- If you think baptism is the next step for you, take 30 minutes and listen to Andy Stanley’s talk “Going Public.” He answers the questions we are often asked about baptism.
- Complete the baptism application. Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule your videotaping and baptism.
- Read about making your video. We want you to be as comfortable and prepared for the video as possible.
- Attend a meeting and film your story.
- Get baptized! Baptisms take place during one of the Sunday services and include a showing of your pre-recorded video prior to your baptism.
For questions about baptism, please contact Kyle Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.