The most important decision you will ever make is the decision to ACCEPT Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. The Bible teaches that Jesus gave up His life to save yours, and that by placing your faith in Him you will have your sins forgiven, that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit, and that you will receive eternal life. Practically speaking, the Bible outlines four responses that are expected when a person begins an intimate, personal, relationship with Jesus: Belief, Repentance, Public Confession of Faith, and Baptism. IS ACCEPTING CHRIST YOUR NEXT STEP?
Fresh faith needs a relational environment to grow into vibrant, lasting faith. That’s why once you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior your next step is to BELONG to a small group of people who are also committed to growing in Christ. Jesus set a small group precedent for us in His earthly ministry when He gathered a group of twelve men and poured into them over a three-year period. He chose ordinary men who had very simple faith in Him and turned them into fully devoted followers and leaders of the first churches. They grew because He created an environment where they were able to ask questions, try things, and fail without being rejected. Just like the disciples, you need to BELONG to a small group with an intentional leader to help your relationship with Jesus grow. IS BELONGING TO A SMALL GROUP YOUR NEXT STEP?
Once you have accepted Christ and belong to a small group your next step is to CONTRIBUTE your gifts and abilities to serve others. Jesus expects his followers to possess the same revolutionary attitude toward reaching and serving others that He did during his earthly ministry. To embrace the call to care for others you will need to find a ministry that fits you well and where you can serve God joyfully. Most importantly, you will need to undergo a major transformation in thinking. You will have to realize that life is not about your wants and needs. It’s about leading others to Christ and serving Him. IS YOUR NEXT STEP FINDING A MINISTRY WHERE YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE YOUR GIFTS?
Decide for yourself that Jesus is the Son of God, sent to earth to die in your place and take on the wrath of God for you. Agree with God that you have "blown it." Accept His forgiveness and believe He was raised from the dead. The world believes a lot of different things about Jesus. Some say He is a great teacher or a mythical man, but Jesus claimed to be more than this. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God. He claimed equality with the Father. The Bible says that Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to claim His own and take them to Heaven. Have you decided for yourself who He is?
When someone accepts Jesus they do four things. They believe, confess, repent and are baptized. Baptism is a step of obedience that allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ. People often have questions regarding baptism: Why should I be baptized? I’ve already been baptized. Do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked?
Jesus modeled for us the importance of a small group when He met with the twelve disciples. Small groups are an essential part of Christian growth. People will be best brought to wholeness and maturity within an environment that is safe and real. This best occurs when men and women commit to meeting weekly with each other.
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At RLM, we want to be a team committed to one another in unity. We believe so strongly in being unified in our vision and mission we offer our 101 class that enables you to meet and talk with church staff about who we are, what we believe in and how we are structured. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to join the church and officially become apart of the team. For your convenience, classes are offered each month. Childcare is available if requested.
Every believer has been given specials gifts and abilities to help further God's Kingdom in the world. We believe every one plays a part in being a minister in the church. We need people who are willing to give thier time and talents to reach the world & make a difference.