Next Steps

Welcome

Congratulations on looking at the next steps in your faith journey! We are excited to walk alongside you as you connect with God and others.  Below are some of the steps you might be looking to take.

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Start A New Life In Jesus

Living for Christ is challenging, but accepting Him is as simple as ABC:

A

Admit That You Have sinned

B

Believe In Jesus

Believing in Jesus is more than just knowing he exists. It is placing total trust and faith in Jesus.

"They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved... ' Acts 16:31  
Coming to know Jesus begins by telling God that you have failed to live up to His standards and need His help. You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is simply talking with God. Here is a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

If these words express the desire of your heart, pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life as He promised.

If you’ve prayed this prayer, let us know. We’d love to help as you begin a new life in Christ. Text your first name to (850) 320-7153 and a member of our leadership team will reach out to you about your decision!

Baptism

Baptism is a spiritually meaningful, symbolic ceremony that publicly shows our desire to obey God and to follow Jesus. It is an important step of obedience in the life of a believer in Jesus and one that we are excited to help you make! 
What Is Baptism?
Baptism is a spiritually meaningful, symbolic ceremony that shows our desire to obey God and to follow Jesus. When you are baptized, you enter a pool of water and are “dunked” under the water. This symbolizes dying with Jesus and raising again to new life. Jesus was baptized by immersion by John the Baptist at the beginning of His earthly ministry.
Why Do We Baptize?
Jesus commanded us to baptize (Matthew 28:19-20), and we are following His example when we do it (Mark 1:9). It is a symbol of how we were spiritually buried with Him and raised for new life when we accepted His salvation. 
Is Baptism Necessary To Go To Heaven?
No. We are saved by faith and God’s grace, not by any religious works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism is to salvation what a wedding ceremony is to a marriage. The wedding doesn’t legally make anyone married- that happens by the signing of a marriage license as witnessed by a church leader or court official. Baptism, like a wedding ceremony, is a public display of our love for someone- in this case, Jesus! 
Why Is Baptism Done Publicly?
Almost all of the biblical examples of baptism show people doing it in public (Acts2:41), because we are not to be ashamed of Jesus when we have become Christians. We should want to share our joyous decision with family, friends, and our church.
Why Do We Baptize By Immersion?
As we read the New Testament, we see people being taken down into water and brought back up (Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:38-39). The Greek word ‘baptizo’ means to immerse. Immersion is a picture of being buried and raised to new life in salvation (Romans 6:4). We want to practice scripture as closely as we understand it.
What If I Was Baptized Before Getting Saved?
Since baptism is a first step of obedience after salvation, the first time may have been a well-meant, but only religious activity. We would invite you to be baptized again as a new Christian.
What if I was not immersed ("dunked") for baptism?
Although salvation is not dependent on baptism or a specific type of baptism, we do desire to practice the pattern found in the New Testament. So, we would invite you to be baptized by immersion. If you wish to become a member of Celebration Baptist Church, baptism by immersion is required.
Should infants be baptized?
Although scripture shows Jesus welcoming and blessing children, it does not show Him baptizing infants, nor are there any passages that show or command this practice. Since baptism is a step of obedience after salvation, and since (due to mental development) infants cannot make that spiritual choice, we do not baptize them. We do, however, dedicate infants to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:27-28). This is a special commitment ceremony where the parents and the church pledge together to spiritually nurture the infant as he or she grows, and we pray for their eventual salvation.
Can children/students be baptized?
In the New Testament, new converts to Christianity are those who were baptized. If a child has understood and accepted salvation, then there is no reason that they should not be baptized. Contact Pastor Aaron for students to learn more about being baptized.
What happens when I sign up to get baptized?
When you sign up to be baptized you will be assigned a “Baptism Coach.” Baptism coaches are members of the Celebration family that will walk you through the process of baptism. They will meet with you to talk through your questions and concerns and they will help you learn how to tell the story of what Jesus has done in your life.

After meeting with your coach, your baptism date will be scheduled. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to come to your baptism!
What happens during baptism?
You will arrive 20 minutes before the service starts to check in. Please wear dark shorts and bring a change of clothes with you. You may choose to wear a robe, or we provide t-shirts. Baptisms usually take place during the worship portion of our service- during the first 20 minutes. The pastor baptizing you will briefly introduce you. You will walk into the baptism tub, be dipped into the water and quickly raised back up, symbolizing Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Joining Celebration

Are you ready to get more connected at Celebration? Want to learn more about Celebration? Come learn what we believe and what we do. Our Membership Class is for anyone interested in membership at Celebration.

Our Membership Class is a two-session class that orients new members and those interested in knowing more about Celebration. It covers:
  • What we believe and how we live out those beliefs
  • The strategy God has given us to fulfill His mission
  • How the different ministry’s work together
  • Meet a few of our Deacons

We meet the first two Sundays of each month at 10:15am in the Large Conference Room, upstairs in Ministry Central.

BLAST Jr is available for birth through kindergarten in the preschool, BLAST for 1st-5th graders, and Student Groups for 6th-12th graders. 1st-12th graders are also invited to attend with you.

To RSVP or get more information Contact Jerri Chesney, Ministry Assistant, at [email protected] or Pastor Doug Bedgood at [email protected]

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