Next Steps

Next Steps

 

Our goal is to help you to always know what your next step should be toward spiritual maturity.

We believe growing people change. Wherever you are in life, whatever is going on, you will always have an next step to take as you grow.

We’d love to help you get connected to others, take advantage of the programs we’ve provided to help you grow, find a place to serve, and ultimately, join us in worshiping our Lord with every aspect of our lives.

The easiest first step in getting connected would be to fill out a Connect Form using the link below and tell us what programs and ministries you are interested in. We’ll have a leader contact you shortly with more information and to answer any questions you might have.

Contact Form

Join a Community Group

We believe that God designed us to be in relationships with one another and that there is simply no substitute for doing life with others in a shared pursuit of honoring God. The purpose of ERPC Communities is to gather together regularly to refresh and apply the gospel to all of life.

ERPC Communities are leader-facilitated and typically meet in homes. Activities vary from group to group and week to week but may involve any combination of eating, Bible engagement, learning, playing, sharing, celebrating, praying, and serving.

Community Groups

Reading the Bible

The Bible tells us the truth of who God is. If you want to know more about God and His promises, reading the Bible is your next step.

Just 10 Minutes A Day

You can spare that, right? Reading the Bible for just 10 minutes a day can change the rest of your days. It will bring you hope, encouragement, guidance, and practical advice on the everyday issues you’re facing. The Bible is relevant to everyone, everywhere, at any time.

All Scripture is God-breathed...-2 TIMOTHY 3:16

You can’t have a close relationship with someone you never talk to. It’s impossible. God’s word—the Bible—is the primary way He speaks to us. And it’s the absolute best way to discover how to follow Jesus on a daily basis. If you want to know more about God and His promises, reading the Bible is your next step.

Where Do I Start?

The Bible can seem pretty intimidating if you’ve never read it—lots of “thee’s” and “thou’s.” We want to make it easy for you to get started and build a habit of spending time with God by reading His word every day with these our online Devotionals.

Daily Devotional

Meet Jesus

We believe that God created the world and everything in it, including you, and He wants to begin a personal, one-on-one relationship with you today.

It Starts with Jesus

Everyone has an opinion about Jesus. Maybe you think He’s a great teacher or a prophet. Maybe you think He didn’t exist at all. Whatever you believe, we can probably agree that Jesus changed things.We believe He wants to change you, too.

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. – John 14:6

Jesus claimed He knew God. No big deal, right? Plenty of people make the same claim. But Jesus also said He was God. And this upset the religious leaders of His day so much that they killed Him. But that was 2,000 years ago. Why does it matter to you now? How does who Jesus is and what He’s done affect your life now in your 9 to 5, trying to take care of your kids, paying bills, or just keeping your head above water?God, the Creator of the universe, has a purpose for you and your life. He loves you and wants to help you because He is a good God. And because of that, His plans are better than your plans. You don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know Him. You just have to take a few simple steps.

If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,‘ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.– Romans 10:9

You don’t have to be perfect. Through His death on the cross, and then coming back from the dead, Jesus took all of your wrong and gave you all of His right. If you believe that and commit to following Him, your life will never be the same. It’s as simple as repenting of your sin, declaring you want to follow Jesus, and believing He is who He says He is.  Believing in Jesus is the first step on the greatest journey of your life. You haven’t finished the race—you’ve just gotten started. The best is yet to come!

What's Next?

If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, or if you still have questions, we’d love to talk with you about it. Stop by ERPC this Sunday, call us at ###, or send us a message. We want to help you take your next steps and learn how to follow Jesus.

Jesus Form

Baptism

Baptism is an outward expression of this inward transformation. It symbolically portrays a Believer’s identification with the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It proclaims to all that we have died to our old self and now live in the freedom of new life in Christ as a forgiven child of God and devoted follower of Jesus.

"We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. "
-Romans 6:4

Baptism follows the example set by Jesus, found in Mark 1:9. Our new life with new priorities and passions expressed in ministry also begins with an act of obedience in being baptized.

Baptism means ‘going public’ with our faith in Jesus. It is a sign that we belong to him. It is also a reminder of what Jesus has done for us: he died on the cross and rose from the grave so that we could die to sin and be made alive to God (Rom. 6:11). When we are lowered into the water, we remember his sacrificial death. When we are raised out of the water, we remember his victorious resurrection. Jesus calls everyone who believes this good news to receive baptism as the sign that they belong to him (Matt. 28:19).

If you need to be baptized or would like to learn more about baptism, please fill out the form below.

Baptism Form

Serving

We serve because Jesus first served us. Our service is an opportunity to worship God, love our body, and participate in the transformation of this great city in which we live. If you call ERPC home, we encourage you to consider how can you glorify God by serving others.

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10

To get connected with one of our Service Teams, please fill out the form below and we will help you get started.

Serving/Partnering Form

Membership

SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?

Scripture tells us that leaders within the church are called to “equip the saints – or believers – for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph 4:12-13). Essentially, we are called to function as one body, made up of many members, with Jesus Christ as our head, working together to grow into maturity (1 Cor 12:12-31). When all believers – not just church staff – embrace the importance of their role in the church community, the body of Christ is able to function with all of the faculties it is supplied with. And when each part is working properly, the body grows into health and strength (Eph 4:16).

So you should not enter into the membership covenant because you’ve been around ERPC a while and figure it’s the next step or “something you should do.” Nor should you enter into the membership covenant simply to say, “ERPC is where I go to church.” That’s part of it, but membership is more than that. It is an informed commitment to the mission and vision of Redemption Church, a willing submission to the leadership of the church, and an intentional embrace of your role in the body of Christ and the mission of the church.

ERPC, therefore, holds its members in high regard. We expect them to lead as missionaries of the gospel in our context, believing that God purposely placed us in this city, among these people, in this time period, so that we could know God and make him known (Acts 17:26-27). Membership means calling a specific church your ‘home’ and taking responsibility to ensure its health and growth. It begins with the realization that Jesus did not die for you only but for the entire church (Acts 20:28), and it includes joyful obedience to Jesus’ commands to selflessly give of your resources (2 Corinthians 8:1 – 9:15) and your abilities in order to build up the church (1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Peter 4:10).

HOW DOES A PERSON BECOME A MEMBER?

If you and your family are ready to begin the membership process and or learn more about what it means to be a member of Christ’s universal church, as well a member here in our local body, please fill out the following interest form so that we might assist you.

The process of becoming a member takes place at ERPC that an individual or family is committing to. Look for opportunities provided by the leadership of ERPC to go through the membership process. The structure and time frame of the process may vary slightly based on the factors involved, but in each case, the process will include attendance of a class that goes through the ERPC Membership Packet.

Membership Form

Giving

Everything we have is a gift from the Lord because He owns it all. Therefore giving should be a priority for us who have received all we have. Giving cheerfully, sacrificially, and consistently is a part of our worship.

Donate/Give