- Phone: (318) 442-0754
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4540, Pineville, LA, 71361
Maybe you have visited Philadelphia Baptist a few times, or perhaps you have been attending for years…but now you feel that God wants you to take that next step in following Him. Whatever that step is, we are here to help.
We are excited and humbled that you would choose to attend and see what this Christian life is all about at our church. We do not take lightly this, and we hope that you would feel comfortable asking questions and exploring the amazing possibilities of what your next steps or a new life in Jesus could be.
Choosing the right steps are important to follow Jesus, and below is a guide that will help you get started on the right foot and continue on your incredible spiritual journey. Our steps are rooted in the mission statement of our church and student ministry,
“Loving God, Loving Others, and Showing others, God’s Love.”
The steps are:
Is it time to get started on your new life journey, or is it finally time to take that next step? You will find help with these steps in greater detail below.
We believe one of your first steps is to “Begin” to see your great need for Jesus. We hope that you will explore and experience the truth of God’s Word for yourself, hear other people’s testimonies about what God has done for them, and decide to move forward in becoming God’s son or daughter.
Where would be an excellent place to start? Here are a few suggestions:
In step two, three essential aspects must be accomplished before taking your next step:
Have you indeed decided to follow Jesus?
The Bible contains both good news and bad news. First, let’s look at the bad news.
We are all sinners.
Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We have all come short of God’s standard of perfection.
The penalty for sin is death.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” What we earn from our sin is death. We deserve to die and be separated from God forever.
But here is the good news:
Christ died for you.
Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The Bible says Jesus took the penalty that we deserved for sin, placed it upon Himself, and died in our place.
You can have a life.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ’Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Why is baptism necessary?
Now that you are a son or daughter of God, you should want to give Him praise with other believers! Worshiping with other believers is essential and should be a weekly priority in every follower of Jesus. Hebrews 10:25
Click HERE for our Zoe Worship Schedule
Being connected to your local body of believers is very important. There are two essential aspects to step three:
A. Church Membership
B. Small-Group or Sunday School Membership
Becoming a faithful, active member of a local body of Christ is essential for many reasons. Here are a few:
One of the most important things we do at Philadelphia is our small groups. Before moving on to step three, you must be a faithful member of a small group at Philadelphia. Your growth depends on it! Here are a few convincing reasons why small groups must be an essential part of your Christian life:
Click HERE for a list of our Zoe Youth Small Groups.
The fourth step of a follower of Jesus is one of growth. A growing Christian will want to become more like Christ every day, and these next aspects of step four will help you create some new daily holy habits:
A. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
B. Spiritual Disciplines
Why should we know our spiritual gifts? They are important for many reasons! Here are some reasons for wanting to discover our spiritual gifts:
Here is a brief online spiritual gift test that will help you discover your spiritual gifts. This test will help you identify your gifts, and also help give you an explanation about your gifts as well. After filling out the important information and taking the test, the website will email you the results.
Click the picture link below to start the Spiritual Gifts Discovery process:
If you are serious about your growth as a Christian and following Jesus, then you will want to discipline yourself with new holy habits that will allow God to transform you into becoming more like Him. Here is a list of disciplines that will grow you:
Here are a few resources to help you with your Spiritual Disciplines:
Here is our last significant step in what we believe will help you to become an entirely faithful follower of Jesus. This step is where we learn how to bring the Gospel to the people around us and the rest of the world. God wants to use you and the gifts that He has given you to impact other’s lives for all eternity. Here are the essential characteristics of this step:
Knowing how to share the Gospel is one of the essential characteristics of a follower of Jesus. But not only should we know, but we need to be intentional in sharing. Here are some opportunities that we offer at Philadelphia:
Our church has many opportunities to be obedient to the Lord’s command in Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:8. We have mission trips and events planned every year that will help you to follow through with our Lord’s command. Here are some ways that you can get prepared:
It is our heart at Philadelphia that we become active servants of God. Colossians 3:23 and Ephesians 2:10 are just a couple of passages that remind us how it should be our heart’s desire to serve. Here are some ways that you can find your place and ministry at Philadelphia: