IT STARTS WITH JESUS

Everyone has an opinion about Jesus. Maybe you think He’s a great teacher or a prophet. Maybe you think He didn’t exist at all. Whatever you believe, we can probably agree that Jesus changed things. We believe He wants to change you, too.

JOHN 14:6

I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. IF YOU REALLY KNOW ME, YOU WILL KNOW MY FATHER AS WELL. 

Jesus claimed He knew God. No big deal, right? Plenty of people make the same claim. But Jesus also said He was God. And this upset the religious leaders of His day so much that they killed Him. But that was 2,000 years ago. Why does it matter to you now? How does who Jesus is and what He’s done affect your life now in school, your group of friends, your family, or your sports team?

God, the Creator of the universe, has a purpose for you and your life. He loves you and wants to help you because He is a good God. And because of that, His plans are better than your plans. You don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know Him. You just have to take a few simple steps.

ROMANS 10:9

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. 

You don't have to be perfect. Through His death on the cross, and then coming back from the dead, Jesus took all of your wrong and gave you all of His right. If you believe that and commit to following Him, your life will never be the same. It’s as simple as repenting of your sin, declaring you want to follow Jesus, and believing He is who He says He is.

Believing in Jesus is the first step on the greatest journey of your life. You haven’t finished the race-you’ve just gotten started. The best is yet to come! 

WHAT'S NEXT?

If you've made the decision to follow Jesus, or if you still have questions, we’d love to talk with you about it. Stop by a SouthPoint Church or call us at 662.253.8338. We want to help you take your next steps and learn how to follow Jesus.

WATER BAPTISM

Water Baptism is a way for believers to outwardly express what God has done in their hearts and lives in the presence of other believers. When you are baptized in water, you are identifying yourself with Jesus. Family and friends are encouraged to attend and celebrate this significant decision.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Who should be water baptized?

If you have just made a Fresh Start with God and accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, you should be baptized. If you were baptized as a child before you understood what you were doing, or if you just rededicated your life to the Lord, then you should consider being baptized again.

2. Why should we be water baptized?

We should be water baptized because Jesus was baptized and He is our example and because He commanded us to be baptized.

MARK 1:9

AT THAT TIME JESUS CAME FROM NAZARETH IN GALILEE AND WAS BAPTIZED BY JOHN IN THE JORDAN.

MATTHEW 28:19

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.

Water baptism was the first thing believers did in the early church after they believed in and confessed Jesus as Lord of their life.

ACTS 8:35-38

THEN PHILIP BEGAN WITH THAT VERY PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE AND TOLD HIM THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS. AS THEY TRAVELED ALONG THE ROAD, THEY CAME TO SOME WATER AND THE EUNUCH SAID, “LOOK, HERE IS WATER. WHY SHOULDN’T I BE BAPTIZED?” AND HE GAVE ORDERS TO STOP THE CHARIOT. THEN BOTH PHILIP AND THE EUNUCH WENT DOWN INTO THE WATER AND PHILIP BAPTIZED HIM.

3. What does Water Baptism represent?

It’s an act of obedience and an outward symbol that represents what Jesus has done in us and for us. It doesn’t bring us into a relationship with Christ, only faith does that.

COLOSSIANS 2:12

FOR WHEN YOU WERE BAPTIZED, YOU WERE BURIED WITH CHRIST, AND IN BAPTISM YOU WERE ALSO RAISED WITH CHRIST.

WATER BAPTISM REPRESENTS 3 THINGS:

  • Death - Specifically Jesus’ death. Christ died on the cross for you. Revelation 1:5 says His blood washes away our sins. Romans 6 says that we died to sin and no longer live in it. Our old nature was crucified with Him. The water is a symbol of washing away the old person.
  • Burial - Going under the water represents His burial. Christ was buried and was in the tomb for 3 days. Our old nature and sin habits are buried with Him.
  • Resurrection - When you come out of the water. We are raised with Him and now live a new life in Christ.

4. Why do we have to go under water?

We go under water because Jesus did. The word baptism is Baptizo in Greek which means to immerse or submerge.

MATTHEW 3:16

AS SOON AS JESUS WAS BAPTIZED, HE WENT UP OUT OF THE WATER.

5. Who is eligible for water baptism?

As Phillip says in Acts 8:37, the only requirement for water baptism is faith in Jesus Christ. Believing that He is the son of God and through his death, burial and resurrection, anyone can receive eternal life. Without such faith, water baptism just becomes a meaningless ritual.

6. Does water baptism literally wash away my sin?

Only the blood of Jesus washes away our sin.

EPHESIANS 1:7

IN HIM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RICHES OF GOD’S GRACE.

7. I was water baptized as a baby, isn’t that good enough?

It could be considered a gesture of dedication but faith and repentance are both necessary ingredients as indicated in Acts 8:37.

8. Is water baptism optional?

No, Jesus both commanded and modeled water baptism in the Bible.

Content from The Life Church Memphis