SALVATION

We have sinned, we’ve lost our way, and we’re sentenced to death as a result, but God is love and God loves us too deeply to leave us lost. Instead, He has taken the initiative to send His one and only Son, Jesus, to earth, to be our Savior, our Rescuer, our Redeemer.

On the cross, Jesus paid the penalty that our sins had incurred.  He has paid for sin, He offers us forgiveness, a fresh start, a clean slate. He offers us new life in Himself!

In order to live out God’s intended purposes for you, not only during your life on earth, but for all of eternity in heaven, you must respond to what Jesus has done for you on the cross. God doesn’t force people to turn to Him and become His children, but He lovingly and openly adopts into His eternal family anyone and everyone who comes to Him by faith in Jesus.

How do I accept this wonderful gift God has for me?

  Believe

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 20:31

  Repent

I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 
Luke 13:3

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Acts 17:30

  Be Baptized

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38

… and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, ...
1 Peter 3:21

  Be a faithful follower of Jesus until the end.

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Matthew 10:32

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Matthew 16:24-27

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
Revelation 2:10

Example of a baptism

Who should be baptized?

Baptism is when a believer enters into a covenant with God through Jesus.  If you are a believer in Jesus you need to be baptized to fully realize what God has in store for you.

How should I be baptized?

The Bible teaches that baptism should be by immersion in water as a believer.

When can I be baptized?

Whenever you are ready to make Jesus the Loed and Savior of your life.  We do not save up baptisms at First Christian Church.  Some choose to be baptized on Sunday mornings, however we have many baptisms on week days.

Can my family be baptized together?  Can family members participate in my baptism?

Yes! We love to see families make this decision together. We do want to make sure children are old enough to understand the commitment they are making. He often have children baptized by a parent.  If someone other than the Minister has witnessed to the person wanting baptized, we encourage their participation. 

What should I bring to my baptism?

If you wish, you can bring your own shorts/pants, undergarments, and a towel, along with anything else you think you might need. But you don’t have to bring anything. We make it possible for people to be baptized “on the spot” by providing towels, and clothes. 

How can I let you know I’m ready, or have questions?

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First Christian Church

Sunday Worship at 8:30, 9:45, 11:00 am
Bible Study for all ages at various times.
503 North Main Street Extension  Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335