Taking the Next Step at First gives you the opportunity to learn more about us and us about you. The Next Step Class meets once a quarter after the final service on Sundays. Lunch and child-care are provided and you can reserve your place clicking here, or checking the Next Step box in the weekly bulletin. Like everything else at First, the Next Step class is an environment where we remove anything that would make you feel uncomfortable or forced toward any decision.
Making the Decision to Follow Christ
God Loves You and has a plan for your life.”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Your sin causes a cosmic chasm between you and God.”But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
God Sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
It’s your choice to receive the gift or not. 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10. Ready to make the choice? Here is your prayer: Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner and that I have messed up from time to time. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that God raised Him from the dead. I choose to follow You, Jesus, and I confess that You are my Savior. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I love You. Amen.
The Local Church
When you step over the line of faith and choose to follow Jesus, you become part of a movement. But this movement, Christianity, is not a solo sport. That’s why the local church exists. Each week, the church gathers to worship God, discover his plan for our lives, and learn how toÂ live out his priorities. Commit to getting involved. Because the local church is crucial to your growth and experience of the abundant life Christ has in store for you! Get connected to what is happening at First Baptist through our NEXT STEP CLASS.(check the website & bulletin for meeting times.) “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb. 10:25
Simply put, baptism is an outward display and celebration of your inward decision to trust Christ with your eternity. It’s an act of obedience, a step of acknowledgement that is representative of the fact that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again from the grave, alive, so each of us can experience eternal life. If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, baptism is your next step in your spiritual journey. You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. Acts 22:15-16
Most of us want to make a difference; we want to leave our footprint on the world. And God has gifted each of us with a particular set of skills to do just that – through the local church. As a Christ follower, one of the most powerful lessons you can put into action is serving in the church. Because when you volunteer your time and talent, you will discover the key to unlocking a life of influence and change. Unlock your potential and visit Volunteer Central, or check FirstServe on the Connect Card. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
We were never intended to live life alone. We were created for relationships. At First, we believe that people grow best when they are connected in a healthy “group” environment. That is why we continuously strive to move people from our large church group environments into small groups. We believe in the power of small groups to impact your life, the lives of those around you, and even our community as a whole. We believe you can only go so far on your own – God designed us to be connected to each other so that we can continue to grow in every facet of our lives.