Salvation & Water Baptism
Next Point Discipleship Process
God desires to conform us to the image of His Son Jesus (Romans 8:29) and transform us by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We believe growth in Christ involves four aspects: word, worship, work, and witness, which are symbolized by the Christian’s head (word), heart (worship), hands (work), and feet (witness). Proportionate growth in each of these areas results in growth in Christ—the process of discipleship. Thus, discipleship is a process of moving persons from being non-believers to maturing disciples who make disciples.
Through the process of discipleship, our church makes disciples and follows Jesus’ final and most important instructions to His Church: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
A disciple is a Christian who grows in knowledge and understanding of the Word of God (head), cultivates relationships with God and people (heart), dedicates himself to the building of His Kingdom through service (hands), and shares the good news of the gospel through word and deed (feet).
To help all believers both become disciples and make disciples, we have developed a growth plan called — Next Point Discipleship Process. Because every person has unique qualities, discipleship must be specifically tailored for the individual. No believer shares an identical journey of spiritual growth, and people respond differently to activities designed for such growth. Therefore, each stage in the discipleship process has multiple activities and experiences to meet the various needs of individual growth.
The Scriptures suggest certain markers to indicate spiritual maturity in the life of a believer.
The Christian faith often uses the terms “salvation,” “saved,” and “born again” to describe how an individual’s relationship with God can be established by accepting God’s free gift of forgiveness and mercy through confessing their personal sins and believing in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us that God desires to be in a relationship with us and give us a full life. That life He desires to give us includes such things as peace, purpose, and fulfillment. Jesus, speaking about His own people, said, “I have come that they may have life, and to have it to the full,” (John 10:10).
God originally had this kind of relationship with man in the Garden of Eden. God did not create humankind to be robots who would automatically love Him in return; He gave man a will and the freedom of choice.
Man chose to disobey God and go his own way. This resulted in the separation between God, who is holy and perfect, and man, who is sinful and imperfect. The result of this separation is death. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 6:23).
This problem still exists today, and because we choose to disobey God and go our own willful way, we are separated from God. People have tried many different ways to bridge the gap between themselves and God. Things like being good, acting religious, and living a moral life have all been part of an attempt to bridge the gap. The Bible tells us that none of these will work! “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death,” (Proverbs 14:12).
God has provided the only way, and that way is the cross. Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16). He paid the penalty for our sin, bridging the gap between God and people. The Bible says, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to cross over that gap to God’s side and experience the full life He wants us to have. But, we are not automatically on God’s side. We must take action! You need to ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and give you His life. The Bible tells us, “Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,” (John 1:12).
Here is how you can receive Christ today:
1. ADMIT that you are a sinner in need of a Savior.
2. BELIEVE that Jesus’ death and resurrection is the only way to eternal life.
3. CONFESS your sin to Jesus and confess Jesus as Lord of your life.
Are you ready to outwardly profess your faith through baptism? Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example.
The Bible teaches that baptism should follow your decision to become a Believer. While it does not have to be immediately, there is no reason to delay! If you wait until
you are “good enough,” you will never feel ready for baptism. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection.
We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things:
1. You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
2. You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
3. You are part of a new family.
Baptism is offered on the last Sunday of each month in the 10:30 am service.
Things to bring include:
- a change of clothes (please wear dark clothing during baptism)
- a towel
- and non-slick shoes
Be there by 9:30am for instruction with the Discipleship Pastor.
While we wait for a child to be old enough to choose and understand baptism, we do have child dedications where parents can make known their commitment to raise their little ones according to Christian values and beliefs. These dedications are held at different times throughout the year.
Intro Point is the Basic Introduction to the structure, ministries, and practices of Christpoint Church. It is designed to equip you to discover the Next Point in your spiritual journey. Intro Point is held on the first Sunday of each month at 4pm in The Point Sanctuary (West Entrance).
Growth Point is a 4-week class that explores five main core essentials that each growing person ought to know. This class is offered on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm and Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am starting in August.
1. The Seeker
2. The New Believer
3. The Growing Believer
4. The Practicing Believer
5. The Going Believer
Note: For those seeking membership, Intro Point and Growth Point are both required
At Christpoint, we believe groups, are the best way for adults to connect and grow as a Christian. Our group structure purposely lives out our mission to develop disciples who love God with all their head, hearts, hands, and feet. We have many different types of groups to choose, but all provide a non-threatening way to discover how the Bible impacts and applies to our lives while enabling us to pursue and live out a closer personal relationship with God. There is something for everyone, so take the next step in your spiritual growth and join a group. The groups are offered in a semester 2, 3, or 4 times in a year. August 2019 will be our first semester.
Ministry only happens at Christpoint Church because of the many volunteers who are committed to serving in the local church. We only have a handful of paid pastors and staff, so we rely on building volunteer leadership and teams through our members. Every aspect of every ministry at Christpoint Church utilizes volunteers just like you. Volunteer opportunities exist both on Sunday mornings and during the week. We encourage people to step forward and get involved using their specific gifts and passions to help make our ministries great. The steps to become a volunteer at Christpoint are pretty simple.
1. Attend Intro Point
2. Background check
3. Fill out Next Point Card
4. Meet with the department Pastor
At Chrispoint, we believe that reaching beyond the walls of the church is essential to our mission of the head, heart, hands, and feet. We encourage you to participate in our Mission Services, neighborhood outreach events, and our Go Point events.
At Christpoint, if you desire to become a member, we ask that you complete a few steps. We ask you to attend an Intro Point class on the first Sunday of the month at 4:00 PM in The Point Sanctuary. We ask that you be saved (Romans 10:9-10) and subsequently, baptized in water (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12) as an outward sign of your inward acceptance of Christ as your Savior and Lord. We ask that you, then, complete Growth Point, a four-week class that explores the five main core essentials that each growing person should know: the seeker; the new believer; the growing believer; the practicing believer; and the going believer. After, the aforementioned steps are completed, you may fill out the membership application. Once the application has been approved, you will be officially recognized as a member of Christpoint Church.
At Christpoint Church, we dedicate children rather than baptize them. Just as Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:21-28) and Mary and Joseph dedicated the infant Jesus (Luke 2:21-40) to the Lord according to Jewish custom, we believe dedication more closely follows the Biblical pattern than baptism, of which we have no RECORD of an infant or child being baptized in the Bible. Thus, this dedication ritual does not impart faith or forgiveness of sins to the child. Rather, it is the parent’s public acknowledgment that the child is a gift from God to them, and that they have a spiritual responsibility for the Christian nurture and training of this child.
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8); a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28); an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42); and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20). At Christpoint we adhere to the belief that the baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).