WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO
“TURN MY FEET TOWARDS CHRIST?”
WALKING YOUR OWN WAY...
You are headed in a direction that’s led by your own desires and selfishness. You think that you have your life handled, but no matter how good of a person you try to be, nothing is good enough. There’s a hole in your life that nothing in this world can fill.
WALKING WITH JESUS...
Jesus’s death and resurrection has set you free from your old way of life! You can turn and draw closer to Him, give up the way you used to live, and let God use your life to bring Him glory until you join Him in Heaven one day. As you learn more about Jesus, you will want to help others get to know Him too.
NEW TO YOUR FAITH AND WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Salvation is not something that can be earned. There are no scales that add up your rights and wrongs and decide if you are good enough. God has given you grace and has already forgiven your sins! When you put your faith in Him and make Him Lord of your life through prayer, He’s there with open arms to welcome you in as His child.
There is no one who is “too far gone” to be saved. And there is no one “good enough” to go to heaven without knowing Jesus. Salvation is a gift God offers to anyone who will accept it and believe. (Romans 2:23, 10:13)
It doesn’t matter how you grew up, what baggage you carry, or the trouble you’re in right now; Jesus says to lay it all at the foot of the cross. (Matt. 11:28-20).
While you’re on this journey, God’s goal is to make you more like Jesus. If you are saved, you will learn to hear God’s voice and obey it more and more. The Holy Spirit, who is in you when you accept Jesus, will help you grow and become stronger in your faith and in your ability to withstand temptation.
Yes! When you put your faith in God, He saved you because of HIS righteousness & HIS love. You didn’t earn it, it was a gift. And Romans 8:38-39 says that NOTHING can separate you from the love of Jesus. You can mess up, walk away from Him, and start trying to direct your own life, but as soon as you turn back to Him, He’ll always be right there to take you back.
SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
Baptism is a public symbol of turning your feet. Just like a wedding ring doesn’t marry you, baptism doesn’t save you. A wedding ring is a public symbol of your marriage, just like baptism is a symbol of your new life in Christ.
Baptism is a picture of what happened when you became a Christ-follower. You died to your old life and have been raised to a brand new life. Baptism is a reminder of the decision you made to turn your feet. It brings to mind that the old you is dead and you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17, Rom. 6:1-12).
- Baptism is an act of obedience. It’s one of the steps to becoming a disciple of Jesus (Matt. 28:19).
- It is following the example of Jesus. Jesus was sinless, so it wasn’t necessary for Him to be baptized. He did it so every Christ-follower in the future would follow His example (Luke 3:21).
- It is one way we identify with Jesus. Baptism takes your decision to follow Jesus public. It can be compared to your wedding ring. It is a visible sign you have made a commitment to another. Baptism says: “I’m taken. I belong to Jesus.”
Baptism should take place after you choose to follow Jesus. You only need to be baptized once, but some people choose to be baptized again after rededicating their life to the Lord.
We believe the Bible teaches baptism by immersion. Baptism is a perfect illustration of your death and burial (taken under the water) and your resurrection to a brand-new life (raised from under the water).
Baptism is reserved for those who have an understanding of what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus and who wish to show publicly what they have decided internally. That said, children should be of age (not infants or toddlers) to determine for themselves that baptism is their next step in their relationship with Jesus. For little ones, we have child dedication.