Steps to Growth
Since one of the key objectives of First Baptist is people's spiritual growth, we have designed a structure of ministry to help facilitate that process. By taking five simple steps, a person can begin to experience spiritual growth and development like never before. Would you be willing to take one of these simple steps?
Step Into Attendance/Fellowship!
One of the first steps you can take toward spiritual growth is to just become a consistent attender at a biblical church. When Jesus called his disciples, his first challenge to them was, "come and see" (John 1:37-39). Being committed to regular attendance helps you move a step closer to a point of faith in Christ. Paul says in Romans 10:17, "that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." We believe that when you begin to attend a church where God's word is faithfully taught two of your basic spiritual needs can be met. You have the opportunity to experience a spiritual birth and you have a place where you can experience public worship.
Step Into Membership!
The second step you can take toward spiritual growth is to become a committed church member. When Jesus challenged his disciples, he called them to "come and follow me" (John 1:43). Being a committed church member puts you in a solid environment for spiritual growth to occur. Like a home, your church family gives you the encouragement you need to live the Christian life. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25, "Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the day approaching." We believe that belonging to a church family in both large and small group expressions meets your third basic spiritual need.
Step Into Service!
The third step you can take toward spiritual growth is to cooperate with other believers in service through a local church. When Jesus challenged his disciples to grow spiritually, he said, "come and remain in me" (John 15:7-8). Being a cooperating servant with other believers in a local church puts you in a position where God can produce spiritual fruit through your life. When you find your place of service in a church it will be both fulfilling and fruitful. We believe that finding your place of service in a local church helps you meet another basic spiritual need.
Step Into Discipleship!
The fourth step you can take toward spiritual growth is to commit to a process of spiritual maturity called discipleship. When Jesus challenged his disciples to spiritual growth he said, "come after me" (Matthew 16:24). Being committed to a process of discipleship helps you mature from an infant in the faith to an adult. The Christian life doesn't end with just coming to know God, it continues with growth in God. We believe that developing an intentional discipleship plan for your life will meet a basic spiritual need in your life.
Step Into Leadership!
A fifth step of spiritual growth you can take is called leadership. When Jesus challenged his disciples to spiritual growth he said, "come and then go out from me" (Mark 3:14). Being called a leader means you are equipped and mobilized to help other people take steps of spiritual growth. In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul teaches a young pastor named Timothy to "Entrust to reliable men the things you have heard me teach so they may teach others." We believe that stepping into called leadership allows you another opportunity to meet a basic spiritual need in your life.