LOVE GOD | LOVE PEOPLE | SERVE THE WORLD
1. Receive Jesus
Before entering into a relationship with God, we are broken beings in desperate need of a Savior. When we begin to acknowledge that we cannot do life on our own, it may often feel overwhelming. These feelings can stem from the reality of taking an honest look at ourselves and coming to the realization that the gap between our sinfulness and brokenness next to God’s holiness is so great. In fact, Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
Therefore, this gap between humanity and God had to be bridged; a price had to be paid. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” This free gift from God, which is mentioned in this passage, refers to the fact that Jesus was the only one who could bridge the gap between humanity's brokenness and God’s holiness. He did so by dying on the cross for our sins and raising back to life three days later. Romans 5:8 states, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God’s love for you is so incredibly deep. In fact, God loved us so much that He created us with free will, meaning that He will never force us to love Him in return. We have the ability to choose whether or not we receive the benefits of what Jesus did on the cross. It is important to know that God will not force you to choose Him, but in order to be in a relationship with God, a choice must be made. Romans 10:9-10 states, “If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, then you will be saved.” If you have done that, then salvation is yours! Thus, you not only have the security of knowing that you will go to heaven after this life, but you get to live a life here on earth in relationship with the living God!
Water baptism is a public declaration of an inward transformation that began when you prayed and asked Jesus to be your Savior. Being baptized by water is the process of being lowered into the water, which symbolizes you dying to your old self; as you are raised from the water, we celebrate the fact that you are a new creation! You are symbolically showing the world what Jesus has done for you. In doing so, you are following the example that Jesus set for us in Matthew chapter 3 when He himself was baptized.
Another form of baptism that we have the privilege of participating in is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 states, "And you will receive power when my Holy Spirit comes upon you..." Meaning, when we pray and ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we are praying to receive power and are being empowered to be witnesses for God. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to anyone who is saved. All you have to do is ask in prayer and believe in faith that you have received this empowerment!
3.Get Plugged In
In the second chapter of Acts, we are told that the early church met in synagogues and in homes as the Christian community formed and grew. Those followers of Jesus changed the world and gave us a great example of how we should follow Jesus. We are a church dedicated to following the model of Acts 2 and are committed to being world changers!
Sunday mornings at Yakima Foursquare Church are an incredible time to begin your journey learning how to be a world changer. During our Sunday morning services, you will be loved, challenged, celebrated, and invited into a time of worshiping Jesus as one group of believers acting in unison. Joining together as "the body of Christ" needs to be a priority.
The model of the Acts 2 church also showed us that the believers met from "home to home," which leads us to what we call Life Groups. In the book of Proverbs chapter 17, it says that we need to be "iron sharpening iron." In other words, we are to help each other along and be in a relationship with one another to the point of making each other better. Nothing accomplishes this better than openly sharing your life with others in a small group setting. This is a place where you can bring your questions, be authentic, vulnerable, and hear from others who are on a journey with God themselves. There is no better way to start to understand the truths about following God than by getting connected with others who are trying to follow Him as well.
4.Serve & Give
Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 20:26, "If you want to be great in God's Kingdom then you need to be the servant of all." Contrary to what our culture teaches, serving others actually brings us life! It should be the mark of who we are as followers of Christ. There are many places you can get involved in serving, both in the church and in the community. As a church, we want to be known for generosity in our community and we encourage serving at all of our campuses and throughout our valley.
We love to ask our church "What's your thing?" as you consider serving. We believe God has placed different gifts, abilities, and interests in individuals and that those can be used to meet the needs of others through serving.
Deuteronomy 16:17 states, "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you."
When you give of your resources, you are living out a characteristic of God. Because you are created in His image, like a mirror, your act of giving reflects the very nature of God. When you give with the right motives, God is pleased. This lifestyle of giving generously may be seen as counter-cultural, but is in fact in step with biblical living.