The Bible informs us that Jesus is God in the flesh; He is God the Son, eternally one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He alone can forgive our sins and give salvation.
Paul writes in Romans 3:23-24 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. We cannot earn our way to heaven, or be righteous enough to be declared “not guilty.” God says that the wages of our sin is death. It is eternal separation from Him (Romans 6:23).
Hebrews tells us that, “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” The way to God is through His Son, who cleansed us from our sins and is seating at the Father’s right hand.
The only way back to God is through God’s son, Jesus. Salvation comes only through Him and Him alone. Jesus said it this way, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) The apostle John says it this way, “He who has the Son has life. He who doesn’t have the Son does not have life.” (1 John 5:12)
Salvation is not through doing good works, church membership, praying enough, giving your tithes and offerings, and any self-righteous acts; rather, it is through faith in what Jesus did for us at the Cross. Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone. (Romans 10:9-10)
Once we have committed our lives to Christ, the Bible commands us to signify that commitment through baptism. Baptism allows us to, first and foremost, identify with Christ and, secondly, the local body of believers at GracePointe Community Church.
What is the meaning of baptism?
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. [Colossians 2:12]
Why should I be baptized?
Because I have received new life through Christ. [Romans 6:4]
To follow the example set by Christ. [Mark 1:9]
Because Christ calls us to do it. [Matthew 28:19]
Why should I be baptized by immersion?
Because Christ was baptized that way. [Matthew 3:16]
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. (“baptizo” to immerse or dip under water)
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ. [Acts 2:41 | Acts 8:12]
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we are all baptized by one spirit into one body. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Membership matters! It is important to us individually and to the body at large. It creates a covenant relationship among believers for community, encouragement, accountability and commitment. This is where love becomes active!
What membership is not? It is not required for salvation. Salvation is your personal relationship with God by faith through your acceptance of Jesus Christ. Membership is a reflection of that relationship as we commit ourselves to the local church. Membership also does not require dues. We encourage tithing as an act of worship to God, regardless of your membership status with the church. However, you will not be billed monthly for all of the benefits afforded to you as a member of GracePointe Community Church.
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Romans 12:4-6a
You have taken the exciting step of becoming a member of GracePointe Community Church. What now? The next step is to get involved!
One great way to get involved is to serve. There is no greater illustration of living out the bible than to serve and we offer a variety of ways to do this locally and beyond. We encourage all GPCC members to start by serving within the church. This will help you find your place and help you discover where your passion and spiritual gifts can be used in our city and in our world.