Why believe in Jesus?
We believe that God the Father sent His son, Jesus the Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and that His shed blood provides the sole basis for our forgiveness. Therefore, salvation can only occur when people place their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the sufficient payment for their sins. Once a person places their faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit lives within them to provide power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in daily life. (Romans. 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
God gives us eternal life through Jesus
We believe that because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:28, 29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
What do I do now?
If you have never placed your faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone for your salvation, we would like to invite you to do that right now.
Just pray and invite Jesus to come into your life:
“Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I have done things wrong in my life. But today I come to you and ask you to forgive me of my sin, to come into my life, and be my Lord and Savior. I repent of the sin in my life and ask You to put Your Spirit in my life. Today I place all my faith and all my trust in you. Come into my life, change me, and make me a brand new person. Amen.”
If you prayed to meet Jesus, please let us know! If you have any questions, we want to help you take a next step.
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Southside Community has one purpose – to build real followers of Jesus Christ! We believe God created us to live in community, so don’t do life alone!
When it comes to serving God and our church family, we do not want to feel obligated. We were lost and dead when the love of God came and found us; Now we are alive and free. So, we don’t serve because we have to or even because we can. We serve because we may. Here are just a few of the areas you can get involved:
When you give, you are tangibly making a difference in someone’s life. Marriages are restored, lives are healed, and people meet Jesus. There’s no better investment in the world.
- To follow the example set by Christ.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” (Mark 1:9)
- Because Jesus commanded it.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them My disciple, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
- It demonstrates that I really am a Believer.
“We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” (1 John 2:3)
- It illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins…He was buried with Christ, and He rose again.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” (Colossians 2:12)
- It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order than, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)
- Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian.
Only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward sign of the commitment you have made in your heart (see Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16)
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
“…then both Phillip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39)
- Every person who has believed in Christ.
A believer is someone who has realized that their sin separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross fro their sins in the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13).
- The New Testament show no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47-48). At Southside, we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them into the Christian faith. For more info, click here.
- In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them, and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. So it seems more biblical to wait until after a personal decision to trust Christ as Savior has been made by the child. If baptism is a public profession of salvation (as the Bible teaches), only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism. If you have not experienced adult baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.
- As soon as you have believed. Acts 8:12 reads, “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” There is no reason to delay. If you wait until you are “good enough,” you will never feel ready for baptism.
- Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting wet! You should wear a dark shirt and shorts. Remember to bring a change of clothes to wear home. Please bring a towel. Also, arrive 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to begin for last-minute instructions.