Sunday, October 31, 2010

Youth Membership and Baptism


If you have received forgiveness for your sins by believing in Jesus--believing that He is God's son, was sent to earth as a human baby, born of virgin, that he lived a sinless life, that he was crucified and rose again and is now in Heaven with God--then the next step is to proclaim your faith to all by participating in baptism.  

Baptism signifies dying to your old self--your old, sinful, selfish way of life
being cleansed by the blood of Jesus because He died to pay the penalty for our sins
and rising (up out of the water) and being reborn into a new life in Christ Jesus. 

Pastor Dale will be inviting people to publicly take this step of faith on Sunday, November 14th during the morning service. If you are interested in participating in the baptism then talk to use in the next week and Pastor Dale with meet with you briefly. On Sunday morning, you will asked a few questions in front of the church to ensure that you know Jesus as your Savior and that you want to live your life for Him (questions are listed below). Then you can have Pastor Dale or Kevin baptize you.  (Note: parents, friends or other family members are welcome to be baptized as well.)

We are so excited for this baptism Sunday and we pray many of our teens will take this next step in proclaiming their faith in Jesus.

Here are the questions you will be asked in front of the congregation:

1.  Do you believe that your sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord?
2. Do you renounce the devil and his works, the lure of this ungodly world and the sinful desires of fallen humanity, so that you will not follow nor be led by them?

Let us repeat the words of the Apostles Creed together:
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

3. Do you believe these things?
4. Is it your desire to be baptized into the Christian faith?
5. In the fellowship of the church, will you obediently do God's will and walk in His holy commandments all the days of your life?  

check out these passages for more on baptism:
Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12-17; 9:18; 16:33; 18:8; 19:5; 
John 3:5; 
1 Corinthians 12:13; 
Galatians 3:27-29; 
Colossians 2:11-12; 
Titus 3:5

Youth Membership in Monroe Free Methodist Church
On the same Sunday as the baptisms (November 14th), we would like to invite our teens to come into membership at our church. By becoming a member you will be identifying yourself with our church, you will be committing yourself to grow in your faith in God by participating in our church and its functions, and you will find a place of belonging--a home as a part of the Body of Christ. If you have received God's gift of eternal life by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ, if you know Jesus died for you sins and you desire to give Him control of your life, if you want to live for Him and tell all of your friends of God's greatness and of His forgiveness, then this is a great next step in your faith--identifying with a local church in membership.

Listed below are the questions Pastor Dale will be asking of those who decide they want to become youth members at Monroe Free Methodist Church. 

If you or your parents want to know more about our church, feel free to talk to us or Pastor Dale ( OR check out our church website or the information about our denomination

1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ has forgiven your sins and is now your Savior?

2. Have you received Christian baptism? If not, are you willing to be baptized?

3. Will you attend church, Sunday School, and youth group to receive instruction on living the Christian life and serving God through your church?

4. Can the Free Methodist Church count on you? Will you pray for the church, attend regularly, give to your church and help wherever you can?

5. Will you show your friends by the way you life what it means to be a Christian and will you try to win them to Christ? 

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