I just invited Jesus into my life. Now what?
A few suggestions...
Let us know about your decision. We’d love to meet you and talk about what’s next.
Consider taking the Alpha Course
Start reading the Bible. (Another reason to call us because we would love to give you a Bible.) The NIV Bible (New International Version) is a respected modern Bible translation and the Gospel of John is a very good place to start reading.
Join a small group in a Bible-believing church community.
Get involved in that community. Look for opportunities to help out.
Pray for opportunities to share your story about this new faith decision you've made.
Be baptized! Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but it is a first step of faith for new believers. The water we use isn’t special. Touching it doesn’t save anyone… it’s Jesus that does that. Baptism is a picture of the work that Jesus has done in a person’s heart. Learn more below.
Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but is a first step of faith for believers. The baptismal waters don’t save anyone. It’s Jesus that does that. Baptism is a picture of the work that Jesus has done in a person’s heart.
Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) It shows our new life as a follower of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Baptism doesn’t make you a believer… it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t save you; Jesus does! Baptism is like a wedding ring, signifying a relationship rather than forming that relationship.
We follow Jesus’ example in baptism. He was baptized (Mark 1:9), and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).
At Westview Baptist, we baptize by immersion. That’s the example we see throughout Scripture, and is the basis for the meaning of the word “baptize,” which means to immerse (or dip under) in water.
Ready to be baptized?
If you’re a believer, you should be baptized! It doesn’t matter if you were saved 20 years ago or just last week… it’s time to take the next step in your faith journey. Just let us know of your interest and we'll get in touch with you as soon as possible.
About Church Membership
Being a Christ follower makes you part of the global church but membership is what identifies you as a part of a local church. The membership commitment communicates clearly that you represent Jesus Christ through your local church. Membership is an act of commitment, not conformity. It's about belonging to God's family and being a contributor and not just a consumer.
Here are four reasons why you should be a member of a local church.
- It is biblical. One of the major themes of the Bible is commitment and there is no better way to commit than becoming a member of a church.
- It gives stability to a church. A church is on the front lines of the spiritual battle and the more members in the church the more stable and secure the church will be. The stability of the church allows it to take the risks necessary to make an impact in their community.
- It benefits you. Becoming a member of a local church is a defining moment in your walk with Christ. It is a statement that you take your commitment to Christ seriously enough to make a commitment to Christ's church in a local place. Membership is making a commitment and communicating it in a public way. Your membership also allows the opportunity to help make key decisions affecting the church's future. In a world where membership in almost every group is falling you can help the church be the one place where it is increasing.
- It provides accountability. Being a church attender is not the same as being a church member. Attending allows you to be a part of a church without necessarily being known by the church. Accountability is a necessary aspect of the Christian life and when you become a member you make a commitment that you are then held accountable for fulfilling.