So you’ve decided to follow Jesus! What’s next?
There’s nothing more important than making that initial decision to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9,10). It might seem a bit confusing, thinking about what your next step should be, as you grow in your relationship with your Savior. Be encouraged! It doesn’t need to be confusing at all. Your next step in your life as a believer is to be baptized in water.
What is baptism and why is it so important?
The Bible teaches us that, apart from a person’s initial acceptance of Jesus as Lord of their lives, that water baptism is vital in our growth as Christians. Jesus Himself was baptized in water (Luke 3:21) when He lived on earth and what better example do we have than Him? The water itself is not what is important; the symbolism of the water is what is important. When a person accepts Jesus and then goes on to be baptized in water, it signifies a death to the old way of life and embracing a new life and way of living in Christ (Acts 2:38).
The decision to be baptized must be one’s own; it’s too important not to be. As such, the gospel is communicated to adults, to children and youth in our church through specialized ministry. Youth and children under 16 who desire to be baptized will be ministered to by Pastors Sam and Amber Lopez, TCI’s Children’s and Youth Pastors. For this reason, we ask that each youth and child go through Sam and Amber Lopez’s ministry before making their very own decision to follow Jesus Christ.