Why Do We Need To Step Over The Faith Line?
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) The word “sin” in the Bible means to miss the mark. Another way to put it is that sin is failing to meet God’s expectation of our lives. No matter how hard we try or how good of a person we are, we are all sinners. We can go to church every weekend, be kind to our neighbors and do our best to avoid the “really bad” sins, but we are still sinners. Jesus is the only sinless man to have ever lived.
As a result of our sin, we are all permanently separated from God, and there is nothing we can do to change that on our own. Romans 6:23 says “for the wages of sin is death.” Because of the choices we have made, we are destined to spend eternity away from God. There is a permanent gap between you and God.
How Do I Step Over The Faith Line?
The good news is that Jesus Christ died for our sins in order to bridge the gap between us and God (Romans 5:8). He took our sins so that we could be reunited with God. The Bible tells us that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and it is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
By believing in Jesus Christ, you are welcoming God into your life so that you can begin a relationship with Him. Deciding to follow Jesus Christ is more than just trying to live a better life. It is acknowledging that on your own you will never be able to live up to the expectations God has set for you and that you want to be saved through faith in Christ.
- Admit that you are a sinner.
- Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again for your sins.
- Commit your life to Jesus Christ.
Have you recently stepped over the Faith Line or are you thinking about it and want to talk with someone?
Next Step Baptism
If you’ve stepped over the Faith Line and are a follower of Christ, baptism is the next step in your spiritual journey. Jesus described it as a step of obedience and instructed, “Believe and be baptized,” Mark 16:16. Baptism does not save you, but it is the public picture of the private work God has done within you.
The word “baptism” means “to immerse.” New Life Church practices baptism by immersion, what the Bible depicts, to symbolize being buried with Christ and rising to new life.
Baptism at New Life Church is an all-out celebration and is bound to be one of the highlights of your life as a Christian. Invite family and friends to join you on this special day as you publicly declare your faith and step forward into your new life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I be baptized?
Jesus called it a step of obedience and instructed, “Believe and be baptized.” (Mark 16:16). Baptism is the public picture of the private work Christ has done in you, and it is a celebration into new life.
Who should be baptized?
Baptism is the next step in your spiritual journey AFTER you have stepped over the Faith Line and put your trust in Jesus.
If I was baptized as an infant, should I be baptized again?
Your infant baptism was certainly a very special moment for your family. Instead of baptizing infants, we dedicate our infants/children during a special occasion called “Child Dedication”. In the Bible every baptism recorded occurs when someone makes a faith decision and is publicly displaying their faith. As a result, we believe that once you have stepped over the Faith Line baptism is your next step. You can certainly get re-baptized as an act of worship and obedience to Christ.
How should I be baptized?
The very word “baptism” means “to immerse.” That’s what the Bible records. New Life Church believes that if you’re physically able, you should get completely immersed.
Can I invite my family, friends?
Absolutely Baptism at New Life Church is a celebration and is bound to be one of the highlights of your life as a Christian. Invite family and friends to join you on this special day as you publicly declare your faith and step forward into your new life, and donï¿½t forget to capture this celebration by bringing your camera
Who will baptize me?
Our Pastors and leaders baptize individuals. If you have a family member, mentor, Lifegroup leader etc. who you would like to have baptize you, please let us know so we can discuss those details.
New Life “Growth” Classes
Whether you’re new or have been around for awhile, iBelong 101 is the best way to get plugged in around here. You’ll learn more about New Life Church history and its values.
iBelong 101 is also the first step in our discipleship track. If you’re interested in starting a Lifegroup, teaching a class or being a ministry leader, this is where you begin.
iBelong 101 is divided in four sessions Covering
- Statement of Faith
- Strategy of the church
- Structure of the church
- When is iBelong 101?
One, two hour class, will be offered twice a year (Fall & Spring) on a Saturday morning.
Healthy groups provide a safe place for you to explore your walk with God and experience sustained life change through authentic relationships, Bible study and prayer. The right group can be a source of growth, healthy challenge, support and encouragement. We have a variety of groups from which to choose.
Joining a group is easy. Just pick one and show up! Or gather your friends and talk about starting a group. We’d love to help you along your way.