Each person should be taking steps on their faith journey. Some of the steps are easily applied to everyone while others are much more individualized. At Open Door Church, we have identified ten “next steps” that all of us need to take.
Salvation is the most important step of faith that you can take. We have all sinned against God, but because of His love for us, God took on human form and died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve. God promises forgiveness of sins to all who receive, by grace through faith, Jesus Christ as Savior.
Water baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment; it demonstrates your commitment to Jesus Christ. Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection, thus we practice baptism by immersion for children and adults who have made the decision to follow Jesus.
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” Colossians 2:12
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Prayer is a critical element of the daily life of any believer. Your prayer might resemble the Lord’s prayer or consist of talking to God about your day. No matter what form it takes, we know from experience that no believer can be at their best without daily time in prayer.
But, you don’t have to pray alone either; you can request the prayer team to pray for a specific need.
The Bible is God’s plan for you and for the world, Because of this, it reveals truths about God, his plans, his creation, and us.
But what is the best way to read the Bible? Where do you start? Where do you end? There is no one right way to read the Bible. In fact, there are many ways to read the Bible well. You can check some great reading plans online or use a Bible app.
Whether you read only from the Bible or add a daily devotional as you read, remember that the Holy Spirit will help reveal scripture’s meaning and will empower you to live in a way that pleases Him.
God designed the local church to function in cooperation with the generosity of believers. In the Old Testament, priests lived, in part, on the sacrifices dedicated to God. In the New Testament, the church grew through the generosity of its members.
There are two types of financial giving in the church. The first is tithing, or giving a set percentage of your income. Usually this is 10% of your income. Offerings, the other type of giving, go above and beyond the tithe as an extra expression of blessing for the local church.
The Church of Jesus Christ is made up of billions of believers around the world meeting in local settings.. The local church is the primary source of teaching, worship, discipleship, accountability, admonishment, encouragement, and fellowship according to the New Testament.
As members, believers express that they agree with that local church and are willing to be identified as a representative of it. Church members are also allowed to have a greater say in the operation and direction of the church through voting.
To go through our online membership process, contact the church office.
Life groups give us more personal and intimate friendships, as well as a place to live out what we hear in our Sunday worship gatherings. Life groups give you an opportunity to ask questions and work out answers to issues you are dealing with. We open enrollment a couple times a year and announce it in service. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to know the next open enrollment time.
At Open Door Church, one of our core values is serving people. There are two avenues to serve people: 1) serve on a team doing ministry inside the church, or 2) serve the community outside of our church. As a church, we need and encourage both of these. We truly believe that we should be “Leading the world to God through service.”
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As believers, we should also be leaders. Everyone should use their influence to further God’s kingdom. This could mean taking a leadership role in a ministry area, or beginning a new ministry. It could also include serving as a deacon, elder or possibly even vocational ministry. The most natural way leading happens is to volunteer in your area of interest. If you have a passion to start a new ministry, let us know and we’ll see how we can partner together!
Jesus gave us, His followers, the responsibility of telling others about Him. It is one of the most important next steps, but often the most difficult. Many never take this step. You do not need to be a Bible scholar or a pastor to tell others about Jesus. What you need to do is tell your own story. The story of your own brokenness and the grace, mercy and healing that you have personally experienced. One way to easily engage with your faith on a regular basis is to follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.