Becoming a Christian

IN-receive-BACThe journey through this life is difficult enough without having an anchor, a refuge, or a place of spiritual and physical peace. As you have no doubt experienced, life is hard! At RockPointe Church, our desire is to be a church where you can come and “be” yourself, find a place of rest and refuge – and most importantly, we desire to be a church where you can meet Jesus Christ for the first time.

At RockPointe, you do not have to dress a certain “churchy” way or act like someone you are not comfortable being. Rather, our desire is that you come to our services, meet our staff, and feel free to ask engaging questions. More so, we are not afraid of difficult or intellectual questions which you may have, but want you to have the freedom ask whatever you are contemplating. At RockPointe, our desire is to help engage you in a genuine spiritual relationship with God. If this starts intellectually for you, then we want to help you navigate tough questions. If this spiritual journey starts at a place of faith, then we want to help you place that faith in the One object alone which can change your life, Jesus Christ.

A core value for our church, however, is that over time you not “remain” in the same manner in which you came to RockPointe. Our passion is to see you and your family grow spiritually and have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Church exists to glorify God in all things and God’s commission to us as His children is to love one another with His love; this showing of God’s love includes sharing the Good News of God’s salvation with all people.

What is the Good News?

In order to understand what the “Good News” is, one has to come to realize what the bad news is. The Bible teaches that God created all of humanity with a desire for a real relationship with them. God loves this world. God loves YOU! God desires an intimate and eternal relationship with you. However, the bad news is that there is something that is blocking that relationship between you and God. That something is your SIN. You, like everyone else on earth, were born with a nature which tempts you to sin against God. Everyone has sinned; everyone disappoints God with their own actions. Even as little children, no one has to teach children to lie, or steal, or hide (disobey) when called. We all sin naturally.

Our sin, however, blocks us from being close to God and having a relationship with Holy God because of our sinful heart and actions. Because God is perfect, sinless, and holy in all things, He cannot permit sin into His presence, including yours and my life. In essence, the Bible teaches all the world is in need of a Savior because of our individual sins. More so, the Bible teaches that everyone must be punished for our sins, because we have rebelled against God and His holy nature. This is truly bad news!

IN-receive-BAC-way.truth.lifeHowever, God has not left us there in our sins. He has provided Good News! Instead of having to take our due punishment for our sins, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth in order that through Christ’s punishment, death on a cross, and resurrection from the dead – we might have life through Jesus. Jesus Christ who lived a perfect and sinless life on this earth was unjustly accused and sentenced to death.

The Bible teaches that because He was sinless, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, our just punishment, so that if we place our faith and trust upon Jesus to save us, He can and will save us from our sins. Giving our life to Jesus means that we give Christ control of our life, we repent of (turn from) our sinful life and habits, and believe that Jesus will keep His promise to save us and give us eternal life in heaven. The Bible teaches that “all who call upon the name of Jesus will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Here is How the Bible explains Salvation

IN-receive-BAC-bibleRomans 3:23
The Bible teaches that every person ever born has sinned against God. No one is exempt from sinning. We have all done it. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Further, the Bible makes this really clear: We are all in the same boat without God -“No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”

Romans 6:23
Even worse, the Bible teaches that the penalty for sin, my sin and your sin is death. Our actions of rejecting God means that we have forfeited our relationship with Him and must face eternity apart from God and heaven. The Bible says the “wages of our sin is death.”

Romans 5:8
However, there is really awesome news. The Bible teaches that God still loved us so much, even though we have sinned against Him, He sent His perfect and holy Son –Jesus Christ- to this earth to pay the death penalty that each of us deserved. Jesus took my place in death. He died for me, so that God could forgive my sin and still have a relationship with Him.
The Bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” It’s just like John 3:16, the most famous verse in the Bible which says, “For God so love this world that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever would believe (trust in) in Christ Jesus would not die apart from God, but would spend eternity with God.”

So, the Bible tells us that if we BELIEVE in Jesus, and TRUST in HIM to save (rescue) us from our sin, that He would really do just that…Save us and give us a real relationship with God for eternity. The Bible says,

Romans 10:9-10
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Romans 10:13
… For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Wow! You can be saved today, right now, simply by calling upon Him to save you. What would stop you from asking Jesus to become your Savior and Lord right now?

Are you willing to accept this gift of salvation right now? Will you give your life over to Jesus to save you? It is as easy as asking (praying to) Him this very moment.

How do I pray and ask Jesus to save me?

IN-receive-BAC-sunriseIf you have never asked Christ into your life, if you have never repented of your sins and begged God for mercy, for redemption, then I beg of you. . . do it now! Right now, stop what you are doing and pray this prayer:

“God forgive me, I know I am a sinner and I need to you to save me. Please come into my life, please come into my heart and save my needy soul. Jesus I am sorry for my sinful life and I will turn away from my sinful actions and habits. Lord, help me. Lord save me. I ask that you come into the deepest part of me and change my soul for good. I invite you in. I invite you to take charge of my life. Lord, you are in control of all of me from this day forward. I believe that you are the Savior of the world and that you, as God’s Son, as God in the flesh, did rise from the grave. I believe in you and I trust in you with all of my life. Lord, Jesus, save me. Thank you for saving me.”

The Bible says, after we pray to God for salvation, and have willing turned from our sin and to the savior (that’s called repentance), He will save us and give us assurance that we are His children forever.

*Romans 5:1*
 “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us”. The Bible also say, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13

Romans 8:1 
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

(After you pray and ask Christ into your life, then email me, brandon@rpcstaff.org or tell someone of this greatest decision of your life; let us help you start anew your walk with Jesus.)

So what are the next steps in my Walk with Christ?

  1. Begin to pray and talk with God daily. Talking with God is like talking to your best friend. Be honest and tell Him everything. Ask for wisdom, guidance, and spiritual encouragement. Tell someone about your decision to follow Christ.
  2. Find a church where you can grow in your new-found faith. We would love to have you at RockPointe church.
  3. Begin to read God’s Word, the Holy Bible, in a translation that is easy to read. Consider buying The Message Bible or the New International Version Bible translation. You can get an online Bible devotion by clicking right Here:
  4. Ask a Pastor about Believers’ Baptism. Baptism is an outward ceremony of being dipped into water (which is a symbol of being baptized into Christ’s death – Romans 6:4).

When you are baptized, you are professing your new life in Christ before the Church and are acting in obedience to Christ’s command that all Believers be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20). If you are interested in what Baptism means, please email Brandon Graham .