GROWING IN YOUR FAITH?
Everyone has a next step to take in their journey of faith. For some it is becoming more regular on Sunday mornings, joining a Community Group, serving more consistently, reading a little more, praying a little more, or giving a little more.
Regardless of what your next step in faith is, we want to help you take that next step.
Life Begins With Salvation
Until you have been saved by Jesus, you’re the walking dead. Trapped in your sins. Spiritually unconscious. Separated from God. Salvation is God’s rescue operation: God’s plan and our hope, for God’s glory and our good.
Jesus came to earth, died on a cross, and was raised to life to rescue you from sin, make you alive, and bring you into eternal relationship with God. Salvation is not only a matter of life after death, but also the way to live an abundant life on earth with Jesus, here and now.
Salvation Doesn’t Need to be Confusing
Depending on your family background or religious tradition, you may have heard a variety of ideas about salvation.
Perhaps you think it’s what happens when you walk an aisle, pray a prayer or get baptized. Maybe you believe salvation is only for “good people,” or that salvation is something you have to earn with good works or something you can lose if you do bad things.
How Are You Saved?
Jesus saves you when you repent and trust in Jesus’ forgiveness for your sins. Your salvation is God’s gift to you. It is not earned by anything you do. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). Prayer is a way to communicate our belief to God.
Who Can Be Saved?
Salvation is for ALL people. No one’s sin is greater than or too big for God’s grace. Jesus’ desire is for everyone to be saved. (2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16).
How Do We Know We’re Saved?
The greatest evidence of our salvation is what’s happening in us now. Jesus gives every believer the Holy Spirit, which gives us a desire to live for God and the ability to hear, recognize and respond to God’s voice.
To love God, to want to trust and follow Him, to enjoy His presence, to hear God’s voice in Scripture, and to feel conviction of sin and the need for repentance are all common experiences of those who are saved (John 10:3-5).
Can You Lose Your Salvation?
You didn’t earn your salvation, so you can’t lose your salvation. If you have put your trust in Jesus and the Holy Spirit has changed your heart, God promises that nothing and no one can separate you from Him. (John 10:27; Romans 8:38-39.)
Reading Your Bible
The Bible tells us the truth of who God is. If you want to know more about God and His promises, reading the Bible is your next step. Reading the Bible every day can change the rest of your days, and God’s word—the Bible—is the primary way He speaks to us. It’s the absolute best way to discover how to follow Jesus. Reading the Bible will bring you hope, encouragement, guidance, and practical advice on the every day issues you’re facing. It is relevant to everyone, everywhere, at any time.
Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It’s the next step after salvation.
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
Join A Small Group!
It’s far too easy for us to stay on the surface in our relationships. Being real and honest with others is often messy and painful, so it requires being intentional. But growth happens when we choose to engage, to ask the hard questions, to give authentic answers, and to let others into our lives.
Life is not meant to be lived alone. In fact, God hates loneliness. You were created to experience life with other people, and that’s why at CSBC, we encourage you to get into a small group and get connected. Are you connected to a caring community of fellow Christians? You can be at CSBC! We have communities for everyone, from children to adults. Whether you seek to grow in your faith and knowledge of God, engage with fellow believers, serve your community, or get support during a difficult time, we have meaningful ways for you to connect!
We are so glad that you want to grow in your faith. Whether you are at the beginning of or further along into your journey, we invite you to learn by following Jesus. Jesus invited people to engage not only in his message, but in relationship with other people learning from Him. As you seek to grow in your faith we are committed to providing not only resources, but groups where you can connect to community, become like Jesus, and impact your world for Christ.
We also encourage you to:
- Consider taking our NEXT STEP CLASS (Read Below!)
- Learn more about Discipleship groups at CSBC – With Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ
- Find tools to help you share your faith
- Join one of our many Small-groups or Home-groups
- Find a way to serve in our church – or our Camden Community Breakfast
NEXT STEP CLASS
Are you thinking about the “Next Step” in your faith journey here at Chestnut Street Baptist Church? Come join us for this two-week class during our Sunday school hour (9:30 AM-10:30 am). If a class is not on the schedule and you would like to sign up, please let us know anytime.
Attending this class does not commit you to anything; however, it will help you clarify how to take the next step: The curious can come and learn what we believe as we look at our church’s statement of faith. Those who have not experienced believer’s baptism can come and learn what baptism means and how to be baptized here at CSBC. Those considering membership can learn about the requirements, responsibilities, and process of becoming a member we look together at our church constitution and covenant and those ready to become more involved at CSBC can come learn how to become involved in a Home Group, what our ministries are and how to become involved, what CPP training is and how to get trained.
So if you are ready to take any of these next steps, we invite you to join us. RSVP to Pastor Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 691-0239.