Next Steps

ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

Some people think they are Christians because of the Country or family they were born into, but being a Christian is a personal choice and there are steps that need to be taken in order to become a Christian

If you aren’t a Christian yet then just follow the three easy steps below.

 

If you have already given yourself to the Lord then you can scroll down past the prayer to the next steps.

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HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN

Repentance is far more than just saying you’re sorry for something. The first thing we have to do is humble ourselves and recognise we are sinners. Real sin isn’t murder, lying or cheating – those are the consequences, symptoms, or effects of sin – Real sin is open rebelliousness against God. It’s saying we don’t need Him or want Him in our lives. It seems strange that some people think they can reject God all their lives, but that He shouldn’t reject them when their life ends. God gives us the opportunity to come to Him via the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, but we have to repent (turn away) from our sin and go to Him.

True repentance means being committed to God, to His Son Jesus Christ, and to the church that Jesus Himself is totally committed to building (Matthew 16:18). The church is also referred to as the family of God. Get involved with your family. 

Another mark of a true believer is their obedience to Jesus. In many passages of the gospels Jesus tells people to follow Him, and in John 14:23 Jesus says, “If anyone loves Me he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him”.  We do this by finding out what His word says and then putting it into practice in our own lives. For example, Jesus commands us to love our enemies and to bless those who curse us. He commands us to forgive others just as He has forgiven us. We have to apply those commands to our lives daily. When we do this we get to know true freedom, peace, and joy just a little bit more each day – and that’s just a start!

A PRAYER OF REPENTANCE

Lord, I know that I’m a sinner and do not deserve anything from you, but I thank you that you loved me so much you sent Your Son to die for me to pay the price for my sin and make a way for me into Your presence.

Forgive me of my sin and wash me clean. Come into my life and make my body the temple of Your Holy Spirit. I give my life to you and, from this day on, I will live every day You give me for Your glory, Amen.

NEXT STEPS

In Matthew 28: 19 Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,”

To be a disciple means getting to know Jesus by reading His word, praising Him, praying to Him, and obeying Him. The way we do that is by getting alongside someone who already knows Jesus well and is living the life that Christ has called them to, and following their example. The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

Paul knows that he is following Christ as Christ intended, so he urges others to imitate him. The reference in verse 1 makes it clear that he seeks to imitate Christ and urges others to imitate Christ by imitating him.

Matthew Henry (a great expositor of the bible) explains these words in this way: “Follow me as far as I follow Christ. Come up as close as you can to my example in those instances wherein I endeavour to copy after his pattern. Be my disciples, as far as I manifest myself to be a faithful minister and disciple of Christ, and no further. I would not have you be my disciples, but his.”

The bible teaches us that we are all priests when we become a Christian, and that we are called into His service to do His work. Christianity is not a spectator sport but an active life where each must do their part. God has called us to do good works and that we should be an asset to our families, our church, and our community.

 

Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

This is not something we are meant to do when we feel like it but something we learn and plan and intentionally put into practice daily.

 

Titus 3: 14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.

 

We have to learn to maintain, or constantly do, good works, to help others, to be the light of Christ in someone else’s darkness.

There is something very reassuring about a coal fire, but take one piece out of the fire and it soon grows cold and goes out. We are not saved so we can go it alone and God intended us for fellowship. We gain strength and resolve when we meet together as the family of God, and there are many scriptures that point to this truth, but it is easy to lose our way and lose our faith and grow cold and go out when we don’t have fellowship with one another.

Jesus says in John 13: 34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The ‘all will know’ is the world. How can we show the world we love Christ, or that we are His disciples, if we never meet up with other believers and love one another?

We would love for you to come to Oasis Church and join with us in fellowship, but wherever you go, make sure it’s a bible-believing church and become a committed member and an asset to that church. The local church is Christ’s idea, and He wants you to be an active member of a local church.

WATER BAPTISM

WHAT IS WATER BAPTISM?

The word ‘baptism’ means to immerse, drench, or saturate, so water baptism means to immerse, drench, or saturate in water. 

Sprinkling with a few drops of water is not baptism.

It is an act of obedience to Christ and is symbolic of dying to self, a washing away of sins, and coming back up out of the water to new life in Christ. 

WHO CAN BE BATISED?

The New Testament talks a lot about baptism, but gives no clear rules about who can be baptised. However, there are examples and processes given in scripture that point us in the right direction.

John the Baptist came with a baptism of repentance, and when Peter finished preaching his first sermon at Pentecost, we are told that the people who heard him were ‘cut to the heart’, and they asked, “what shall we do?”

Peter’s response was that they repent and be baptised. (Acts 2: 36-38)

So only those who are so ‘cut to the heart’ or are made so aware of their sin that they respond by repenting can be baptised. In other words, only someone who is able to make a rational decision for Christ can be baptised. Babies and toddlers can’t do this.  

WHAT ARE YOU BAPTISED INTO?

State church tradition has it that you are baptised into a particular church or denomination, but that is not found anywhere in scripture.

 

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

And Peter says that we are baptised into Jesus (Acts 2: 38) You are not baptised into a denomination, you are baptised into the family of God.

Baptism Process

commit yourself to a church

Baptism is as much an act of obedience as it is a symbol of newness of life. Coming under the spiritual authority of a minister and into the spiritual covering that comes from being an active and participating member of the Body of Christ is a huge part of obedience to Christ, and anyone being baptised should have already agreed to be a committed member of the church.

Tell your pastor/church leader

If the Pastor/leader believes you are ready, he/she will give you specific teaching on what water baptism is and is not. Let them teach you.

confession of faith

The person being baptised is encouraged to give a confession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and give their reason for wanting to be baptised. Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

What to say

Give your testimony. In simple terms, tell those who are witnesses how God has moved in your life and why you want to be baptised.

What goes down must come up!

Full immersion best represents dying to our old selves and being reborn in Jesus; don't be scared, those baptising you will put you under the water, but rest assured, they will bring you back up!
A word of advice: Wear a swimming costume underneath dark clothes that won't turn transparent in water! And hold your nose!