What just happened to me?
The Bible tells us that we all, without exception, are sinners (Romans 3:23) and that we are in need of a Saviour to save us from the power of sin (Romans 6:23). Luke 19:10 tells us: “The Son of Man (Jesus) has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
You are the one He has come to seek and save. God so loved you that He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for your sin by dying on a cross (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
The only way for you to experience this freedom from the hold sin has on you, is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Saviour (John 1:12).
Romans 10:9, 10 says: “... if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
When you responded to the call to accept Jesus as your Saviour and you prayed the “sinner’s prayer,” God responded to you by accepting you as His child (John 1:12).
You have received forgiveness of your sins and a brand new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17, says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
God loves you, and He wants you to think of Him as YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER. God loves you, and you don’t have to do A SINGLE THING to make Him love you more.
What must I do now?
1. BECOME A MEMBER OF THIS LOCAL CHURCH
The local church plays a very significant role in God’s plan for us as His children. According to the Bible the church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). Jesus Himself said: “... I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
Belonging to and being involved in a local church is very important. Psalm 92:13, 14 declares: “Those who are planted in the House of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God, they shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.”
The church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18). Now that you’ve become a child of God, you’ve become part of His body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:27). The Bible is very clear that after people accepted Christ in their lives they became part of the local church. Look at this interesting scripture in Acts 2:47: “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
You are born into a spiritual family Just as a baby is born into a biological family, so you are born into a spiritual family. According to John 3:3 and John 3:5, you are now spiritually reborn. You are now born again. CRC is now your spiritual family and Pastors At and Nyretta are now your spiritual father and mother.
Being planted in CRC means you become part of the CRC family
How do I become part of the CRC family?
Accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour.
Accept Pastors At and Nyretta as your spiritual leaders.
Attend the CRC New Members Orientation (NMO) - you will be invited by one of our leaders to attend this information evening.
Accept our Statement of Faith.
Partner with us to fulfil the vision and mandate God entrusted to us.
2. JOIN A HOMECELL
As mentioned earlier, we have a Homecell network throughout the city. It is in the Homecell that you will be cared for, discipled and equipped. Homecells are not a new phenomenon. We read in Acts 2:46 that the early Christians went from house to house for spiritual support. I strongly advise that you join one of our Homecells as soon as possible. The Zone Pastor of your area will contact you to allocate you to a Homecell in you neighbourhood.
3. BE BAPTISED
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:37-38).
Throughout the New Testament the pattern is evident that people were baptised after the “born again” experience. (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-40; Acts 9:10-19; Acts 10:1-48; Acts 19:5; Acts 16:25-34).
Baptism is a command from Jesus, it is not an option.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19).
Baptism is only administered to people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour - in short: baptism is for believers only.
Baptism does not save you, but is a testimony that you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and laid down your old life.
Baptism is a positive declaration of Jesus Christ’s Lordship over your life. This act of obedience becomes a gateway to greater spiritual blessing in your life.
Through your baptism you’re declaring that you’ve buried that old sinful nature you pursued before you accepted Christ. (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:11-12).
THE METHOD OF BAPTISM
The mode of baptism is by immersion into water. The Greek word used in the New Testament for baptism is “BAPTIZO”. This is used in the context to dip, as in dipping a cup into a bucket of water or, to submerge, as in submerging a piece of cloth into a container of liquid dye. The context in which the words: coming up, out of the water... in Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10 and Acts 8:39 occurs, indicates that immersion was used to baptise believers.
4. EXPECT THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The promise of the holy spirit Jesus made the following promise to His disciples: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth...” (John 14:16, 17).
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He challenged His disciples: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).
Jesus promised us as children of God that He would give us His Spirit to empower us to live the wonderful life He intended for each and everyone of us. This promise (the Holy Spirit) is not just for a selected few but for all whom God will call to Him - every person who accepts Jesus as Saviour (Acts 2:39).
The day of Pentecost we read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. This is commonly known as the day of Pentecost. On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, people thought that all those who received the Holy Spirit were drunk (Acts 2:4-18) because when they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit they all began to speak in other tongues.
“And they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”(Acts 2:4).
All believers experienced this phenomenon when they received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, not just a selected few.
“And they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4).
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:31).
“Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit...Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 8:14-17).