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When Jesus built His church there was no building. Many times Jesus would literally just stand on a mountainside and begin to teach.

As we look at Jesus’ ministry in the three and a half years before He went to the cross, we see that Jesus’ focus was on making disciples. In His final farewell address to His disciples He gave them the same vision, and we call it The Great Commission. Jesus told those eleven disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:1920a).

Village Bible Church exists to make disciples. But how do we go about making disciples? Simply put, we believe discipleship happens when disciples are discovered, developed, and deployed. 

What's Your Next Step?

 

 

Baptism

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. We live in an increasingly visually-oriented society. What people hear is often impactful, but what they both hear and then see demonstrated before their very eyes impacts them all the more. Water baptism is just such a picture.

A Picture of Spiritual Birth

When we are born physically, we are automatically identified with the earthly nation into which we are born. When the Holy Spirit of God brings us to life spiritually in Christ, the Bible says we are born again.  At the moment the Holy Spirit gave us spiritual birth – that is, at the moment we repented of our sins and trusted Christ’s death as payment for them – at that very moment we were placed (baptized, dipped, immersed) into Christ’s Body (the Church universal), the present manifestation of God’s Kingdom (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13).

Once we have trusted Christ as our Savior, the Scriptures command us to give public testimony of our faith by means of water baptism. Water baptism is God’s creative way of picturing our salvation. It helps us visualize what happened to us when we were born again. Water baptism, like a picture, helps us tell others what Christ did for us on Calvary and openly identifies us with Him. Through water baptism, we are publicly identifying ourselves with Christ – with His death, His burial and His resurrection (Romans 6:1-5).

Water baptism in no way contributes to our spiritual birth. It simply bears witness to the fact that we have trusted Christ and have been born again. It is, in essence, the first step in discipleship – the first step in following Jesus as our Master and Lord.

Who should be baptized?

All who can genuinely answer yes to the following questions should be baptized:

    1. Are you a sinner deserving of God’s eternal judgment?
    2. Do you believe that Jesus is God's Son, sent to save sinners?
    3. Have you repented of your sins and placed your faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins and for the fulfillment of all His promises to you, even eternal life?
    4. Do you now desire to place yourself under the lordship of Jesus Christ, and do you intend by faith to follow Jesus as Lord and obey his teachings?

Baptism Distinctive

We have written a Village Distinctive paper outlining our beliefs and practices surrounding baptism.


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Upcoming Classes

If your child or student is interested in being baptised, we recommend that you participate in our Foundation Class called Preparing Young Christians for Baptism and Communion. We host one about every three months. 

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Membership

While all believers are part of the universal church, the New Testament also stresses the importance of all believers being a part of a local church.  A local church is comprised of a definable group of people who, on the basis of their commitment to the Lord, have identified themselves with and committed themselves to one another. While membership in a local church does not guarantee one’s salvation, it is imperative for all believers to be connected to a body of believers for the sake of encouragement, edification and equipping.

Process for Membership

One who desires to become a member of Village Bible Church and meets the qualifications set forth above is invited to take the following steps:

    1. Complete the introductory membership class.
    2. Submit an application form to the elders.
    3. Read and commit by signature to live in accordance with the Membership Commitments of this church.
    4. We strongly recommend that you complete the PLACE spiritual gifts assessment prior to your membership interview.
    5. Before a team of at least one elder and another member of the church, declare a personal commitment of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, display evidence of a maturing, active, love relationship with Jesus, and express a clear understanding of the responsibilities of membership.

Maintenance of Membership

Ongoing membership status will be maintained through:

    1. Annual signature reaffirmation of the Membership Commitments
    2. Compliance with the Membership Commitments
    3. Regular church involvement

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