Are you ready to make a decision to follow Christ?
The only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him is to trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for you and repent—turn from your sins. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God—this is called praying—and tell Him you believe in His Son. We suggest a prayer like this:
"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward in the fellowship of your church. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."
If you just prayed that prayer and accepted Jesus as your savior, we want to know about it. Take a moment to fill out the form below so we can celebrate with you!
Step #1 - Belong to Jesus
Finding connection at church is so vital to your spiritual growth! Here are just a couple reasons why getting connected at church is so pivotal to your walk with God:
1. You learn more about God
Have you ever sat in a circle with other Christians and shared your life stories? Or have you ever sat across from someone over coffee and heard about what God had recently done in his or her life? I bet your own faith was strengthened. I bet you walked away encouraged or inspired. That’s because God designed us to spur each other on in our faith.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV).
2. You learn more about yourself
There have been so many times in life where I gained insight into who I was because I allowed someone to speak into my life. I have a mentor who, over the years, has seen things in me—both positive and negative—that I couldn’t see.
When you open yourself up to others, you allow light to shine in some dark places. Sometimes we need encouragement, advice, wisdom, direction, or a place to confess. God knew that finding connection with other Christians is the avenue for those things.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV).
3. You realize you are not alone
I think the two most powerful words in the English language are, “Me, too.” God never intended for us to do life alone. Relationships with other Christians reveal the power of the Holy Spirit in each of us, drawing us together and pulling us towards authentic community.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV).
So, how do you get connected? At our church we find connection in GROWTH GROUPS. Each group meets together weekly to discuss the Bible, fellowship, and grow closer to one another. Many of our groups meet together outside of church for occasional events as well.
Step #3 - Serve Others
The Gospel is enacted through the local church all across the world. The church is us: people who love Jesus by serving others, parking cars, holding babies, praying with others, pouring coffee, and opening our homes. In this, God changes us. Serving in the local church is a vehicle to discover how we are made and how the Lord can use us. Serving provides us the opportunity to know more about how we are created: our likes and dislikes, what we can do well and what we cannot.
God fills in the picture for us. We discover more about ourselves and how He is growing us while He uses us to meet the needs of others. We learn best by doing.
The discovery process of how God can take our unique selves and join with the work He is doing will last our entire lives. As we grow, as stages of life change, as we meet new people and participate in new activities, new ways to serve others will become clear to us. Our heart posture must always be the same: what can I do to serve other people?
Every week at Capital, we are given the opportunity to practice putting our attention less on ourselves and more on others. We will not be perfect. We may find ourselves serving in an area that doesn't match our gifting and need to adjust. We may also find we love a group of people or an area of ministry more than we thought we could. Either way, we jump in and start.
In this, God weaves a beautiful relationship between both working in us and through us.
Step #4 - Bring Others To Jesus
The importance of Evangelism cannot be underestimated. Every Believer in Christ is obliged to obey this Great Commission; to preach in homes, on the streets, in classrooms, in the buses, and wherever people are. Pastor Rick Warren once said, "The way you store up treasure in heaven is by investing in getting people there." Here are some reasons why we want our church to be participating in the Great Commission:
I. Jesus commanded it (Matt. 16:15)
II. The apostles also commanded it (2 Tim. 4:2,5)
III. Through evangelism many people would be encouraged; because the gospel is the Good News
IV. Evangelism is an opportunity to work directly with (and for) God (Lk. 10:2)
V. It precedes baptism and salvation (Mk. 16:16)
VI. It proves our love for our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ (Jn. 15:12-14)
VII. Evangelism opens the door for healing to take place (Luke 10:9)
VIII. It is the gateway of repentance and remission of sins (Lk. 24:47)
IX. It brings understanding of Scriptures unto humanity (Acts 8:30)
X. Evangelism causes the Holy Spirit to move (Acts 10:44)
XI. It is a fruit of righteousness (Pro. 11:30)
Evangelism unites all nations, races, tribes and cultures by reconciling all humanity to God through Christ.
Evangelism is actually the work Jesus would do if He had not ascended into the Heaven. Our Savior, and Lord has put His Holy Spirit in us to live His life here on earth and thus to draw many into the Kingdom of heaven. I encourage by the all-abounding love of Christ to fully engage yourself in the work of evangelism.