There are many ways that we can encounter Jesus but, one thing is certain—an encounter with Him is always very personal and life-changing. Jesus wants to meet with us, wherever we are, because he wants a relationship with each and every one of us. How can you have a life-changing encounter with Jesus? The best way to do that is to simply read His Word (the Bible) to discover how much He loves you. Once you have an encounter with the living Christ, your life will never be the same. Continue reading to learn more about the Bible, becoming a Christ follower and getting baptized.
Read the Bible
The Bible is the foundation for all that we believe as Christians. It reveals the heart and character of God as well as His promises to us. It contains guidelines for living a life pleasing to God and, the best part is, the entire Bible points us to God’s ultimate gift of love to us…His Son, Jesus. If the Bible is all that, and so much more, it make sense that reading it on a regular basis will help us know more about God, His promises, Jesus and how all of it relates to us. The great news is that there are lots of ways for you to dig into the Bible every day.
• If you don’t have a Bible, please pick one up at Mountain Life Church. It’s our free gift to you.
• The YouVersion Bible App gives you access to the Bible any time, any place on your mobile devices. It’s even got reading plans, audio options and lots of translations to choose from.
• Mountain Life Church offers lots of Life Groups and Growth Opportunities throughout the week. Pick one and join others who are also getting to know and love God more through reading the Bible.
Become a Follower of Christ
Becoming a follower of Jesus is the most important decision you can make. While we want to walk with you as you decide to follow Jesus, we also want to provide you with some preliminary information to help you with this important decision. We hope you will take the time to read and think about these Bible verses, allowing “the word of Christ to dwell in you richly,” as Paul writes in Colossians 3:16.
Throughout the Bible the heart of God for people leaps to the forefront. God created us to be in relationship with him and desires us to experience a full, abundant life while here on earth as well as eternal life in His presence.
• Genesis 1:26-27: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ So God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
• John 10:10: Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
• John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Even though God’s desire is for each of us to experience his fullness, sin stands in our way. Our sin breaks our relationship with our holy God. And that sin ultimately results in death.
• Romans 5:12: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”
• Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
• Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Because of sin, we try to repair our relationship with God through our own efforts, like good works, religion, morality, jobs, family and relationships. While these may provide momentary fulfillment, each of them will eventually fail us.
Only God, who is infinitely good and holy, could repair a relationship this broken. Therefore, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the flesh, as the long awaited Messiah. While on earth, Jesus lived a perfect life, performing many miracles and proclaiming salvation. Jesus was ultimately crucified, but did not stay dead as He was resurrected on the third day. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection has made it possible for us to once again be in a right relationship with God.
• John 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
• Romans 5:8: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
• 1 Peter 3:18: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”
Even though God has done everything to repair the relationship, we still must confess our sins, respond in faith and accept this free gift of love.
• Romans 10:9-10: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
• Ephesians 2:8-9: “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.”
• 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
If you have never responded to God's offer of forgiveness and eternal life by putting your trust in Jesus Christ, but you would like to do so now, simply talk to him through prayer. You can use the sample prayer below as a guide.
"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. And, I know that I deserve the consequence of that sin, which is death. However, I believe that you sent Jesus to die on the cross so that I can be forgiven, and that if I trust in him, I can have a relationship with you. I thank you for that and I am now trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that his death has provided for my forgiveness. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me. Amen."
If you would like to speak with someone on staff about your decision to become a follower of Jesus, please call 435.647.5855.
Why is baptism important?
· Jesus wants all believers to be baptized.
Matthew 28:19-20: “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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
· To follow Jesus’ example.
Mark 1:9: “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”
· It expresses the reality of our saving faith in Jesus.
Acts 16:30-33: “He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household…and immediately he and all his household were baptized.”
· It reinforces and strengthens our faith.
1 John 2:3: “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.”
What is the meaning of baptism?
• It illustrates the Gospel message.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day…”
Colossians 2:12: “Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.”
Why do we baptize by immersion?
· Because Jesus was baptized that way.
Matthew 3:16: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.”
• Every Biblical example was by immersion.
Acts 8:38-39: “Then both Phillip and the eunuch went down into the water and Phillip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…”
· The word “baptize” literally means “to dip or immerse.”
It symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
Romans 6:3-4: “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Do I qualify to be baptized?
Every person who believes in Jesus and calls themselves a follower of Jesus should be baptized. Baptism is a step of obedience that publicly shows others that someone has personally trusted Jesus for their salvation. Having decided to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, they follow Him in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Him.
Acts 2:41: “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”
What about children?
Scripturally, all instances of baptism follow an individual’s decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation. At Mountain Life Church, we wait until kids are old enough to believe and understand the meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them as a symbol of their faith in Christ. Parents play a key role in discerning the readiness of their child in regards to the timing of their baptism.
Why do we celebrate baptisms?
One of the most powerful things about baptism is being able to share your story with others. It is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to share in what God has done in your life. At Mountain Life Church, baptism is all about a celebration. We make a big deal about baptism because it is an opportunity to publicly declare the transformational work of Christ in your life. Simply stated, baptism is an outward expression of an inward change of heart.
If you would like more information about baptism, please contact
Kathy Engelbert-Fenton, Connections Director
email@example.com | 435.647.5855