Christian Walk

 

In the New Testament book of Colossians, we find a challenge to walk in Christ Jesus. This starts with the all-important step of saying “yes” to the Gospel and receiving Jesus, and then beginning the first “life steps” of the adventure of the Christian life.

 

COLOSSIANS 2:6–7 (NKJV), 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

 

Gospel!

JOHN 3:16 (NKJV) , 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Baptism

SBC believes that the Bible presents baptism as an outward witness of an inward faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Jesus’ final recorded words to His followers before His ascension to heaven express the importance He placed on baptism. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands His followers, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Thus, baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Jesus, declaring the believers faith in and identification with their crucified, buried, and risen Saviour

 

Baptism does not provide salvation for an individual, but rather serves to identify publicly the individual as a follower of Christ. The act of Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48.) The New Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only. In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul describes the immersion of Baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Going under the water represents Christ’s death—and a believer’s death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection and the believer’s new life in Christ.

Baptism FAQ’s

IS MY INFANT BAPTISM OKAY?

Infant baptism is never mentioned in the Bible, and any baptism prior to faith in Christ destroys the picture of true baptism. Infant baptism came about as the result of the Roman Catholic Church viewing baptism as a New Testament counterpart to Old Testament circumcision where a Jewish baby was identified at eight days with the “covenant people of God” by being circumcised. Infant baptism was eventually seen as a way of cleansing away original sin and was believed to convey saving grace to the child. This stands sharply against the Scripture’s teaching on being saved by faith alone. Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means. Therefore SBC does not practice infant baptisms or christenings. We do however practice Child Dedications which serves as a public expression of a parent’s desire to lead and spiritually nurture their child, so the child will develop a desire to have a personal relationship with God.

Life Steps

God wants you to take your next step spiritually. That could mean getting baptized, committing to digging into the Bible each day, discovering how God wants to use you to help others, or just learning more about God’s plan for your life. We call this the Life Development Process. SBC’s Life Step Courses are all about those next steps. We use the simple diagram of a baseball diamond. Each base focuses on one of the purposes of SBC: Worshipping, Walking, Working and Witnessing, As you make your way through the bases it represents a completed Life Step and a deeper level of commitment.

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Life Step 01 | MEMBERSHIP

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Life Step 02 | MATURITY

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Life Step 03 | MINISTRY

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Life Step 04 | MISSIONS

Membership

Why become a member?

Our purpose is to encourage believers to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, worshiping, walking, working, and witnessing together to God’s glory. The phrase “fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ” encapsulates what we as SBC have as a goal for every person who sees themselves as part of the SBC family.

 

We believe this goal is best accomplished when you become integrated into the very fibre of our local church, embracing its purpose, not only in your life, but also in the life of our community, country, and world.

 

Church membership is not just about visiting the family but joining the family. It provides the logical next step for that person who has trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour and wants to know, “Where do I go from here?” It gives them a sense of belonging, a feeling and understanding that they are an integral part of a family bound by a common purpose, which is ultimately to glorify God.

 

You were designed to be part of a church family and we hope SBC can be that family for you.

What does it take to become a member?

Consider whether the following statements are true of you:

  • I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose from the dead, and only by trusting in Him alone can I be saved from the penalty of sin.
  • I have been baptized, or am willing to be baptized, by full immersion in obedience to Christ’s clear command in the Bible. (For more information on baptism, read the “Do You Want to Be Baptised?” pamphlet, or enquire at requests.
  • I am willing to submit to the Statement of Faith of SBC, and to its leaders as they submit to Christ. Read Basic Beliefs.
  • I am prepared to personally commit through the giving of my time and resources, and the exercise of my gifts, to seeing the purpose of SBC fulfilled in my life and the lives of others.

 

If you can say “yes” to all of the above and would like to become a member of SBC, or even if you are just interested in finding out more about us, then your next step is to register for a “LIFE STEP 1” course. This exciting course is made up of four classes and will introduce you to SBC, and help you discover the beliefs, strategy, structure and purpose that serves as the foundation of SBC.

How do I go about registering for the next LIFE STEP 1 Course?

LIFE STEP 1 Courses are conducted every three months or so after the regular Sunday worship service. Read the steps that need to be followed in the application form provided. Open PDF

 

Details of the next LIFE STEP Course is available under Events.

For more information send us a request.