‘I want to follow Christ. Where do I start?’
A certain pattern of obedience stands out in scripture as necessary to establish a firm foundation in the life of a new Christian: baptism, the basic tenets of the faith, joining the community of believers, and faithful fellowship with other believers. dec strives to assist new believers in walking through these steps of faith in following Christ.
Explore more about what it means to follow Christ by looking through the remainder of this section.
Take the Fundamentals Class
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. – John 1:1-4
In this class, we investigate the most basic questions of Christianity, even the questions where we may think we already know the answers. Together we’ll take a long, hard look at the basic principles of Christianity and search the Bible for God’s truth. As we do, we’ll discuss how these truths impact us personally.
If you are interested in attending the next class, contact Fundamentals@durhame.org.
I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. – Jesus (Matthew 28:18)
Baptism can be tough to define. Through history, the church has had some lively discussions about the how, the where, and the when of baptism, but we all agree that it’s a vital act of faith, and a public sign of our connection with the Lord.
It’s spiritual, but it’s also physical. It’s symbolic, but it’s also entirely real. It’s of our own free will, but it’s a commandment from God. On all accounts, it’s a very big deal. And those who take the plunge in faith are never the same.
dec offers a one hour class at 10 AM on the first Sunday of each month, exploring how and why we practice baptism. Whether you’re a believer eager to be baptized or just someone with some questions, dec‘s baptism class is for you.
Check the dec Calendar to confirm the date and location of the next class.
Become a Member
In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. - Romans 12:4
Why should I become a church member?
- Membership identifies us as a genuine believer (Ephesians 2:19, 1John 3:1). As believers we are members of God’s household, a chosen people belonging to God, His precious children, not intended to go it alone, but to be built up together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
- Membership provides us with a spiritual family that supports and encourages us in our walk with Christ (Galatians 6: 1-2, Hebrews 10: 24-25). When we are born again, God gives us a spiritual family to walk beside us, encouraging us to grow to be like Him.
- Membership offers us a place to discover and use our God-given gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-27). God gives to every believer spiritual gifts to serve his family. Serving together, these gifts are honed and perfected. Sharing in the family’s responsibilities is a blessing to both those served and to those serving.
- Membership places us under the spiritual protection of godly leaders (Hebrew 13:17, Acts 20: 28-29). A spiritual leader is a shepherd who goes before and leads the way.
Membership gives us the accountability we need to grow (Ephesians 5:21). Submitting to one another comes out of the heart of seeking God’s will.
What’s the membership process?
- If you’d like to talk to a few more folks before making a decision, the Welcome to dec Luncheon is the place to go. These are offered quarterly and you can find out when the next one is offered on the dec Calendar. This luncheon is a great opportunity to meet and talk with one or more of our pastors and elders in a casual setting.
- Or if you think dec may be God’s church home for you, you can sign up for the next Membership Seminar here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you to invite you to the next Membership Seminar where you can learn much more about what we believe and how we live it out together as God’s family.
What’s expected of members?
Like any family, dec members recognize they have a part to play. It is our hope every member will find their place in the family and experience the joys and challenges of worshiping, growing, and serving together in a way that glorifies our Heavenly Father.
Membership Seminars for 2013 are scheduled for:
MON 10/28/13 from 5 – 9:30 PM Student Center
For more information about membership classes, call 868-1027 x200 or email email@example.com.
Join a Community Group
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. ~ Romans 12: 4-5
The Christian life is all about relationship – first with Christ and then with others. Christ calls us to encourage, disciple, teach, and pray for each other – to share everyday life. That’s why Community Groups are the heart of our church. These home-based gatherings are located all over the region and meet weekly.
In Community Groups, we are better able to connect with our brothers and sisters throughout the week, provide encouragement, accountability, prayer – and ultimately grow spiritually and in the unity of the faith. We share life.
To find a group near you, check this Community Groups list.
If you have questions, any difficulty making contact with a group, or need further assistance in finding the right group, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jim Hilton at 603.913.7034.