The Nine was designed to be a road map of sorts for people to take next steps with God. It’s not only a guide to point towards a deeper relationship with God but a metric for believers to gauge their health as a 3C Christ follower.
This is done through three separate actions Celebrate, Connect and Contribute and is further divided into degrees of next stepping. The Nine moves left to right as a progressive journey of faith.
Interested in baptism?
God wants the ultimate next step to believe that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and be baptized.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I BELIEVE?
If you trust that Jesus is the Son of God, that through his death and resurrection He provides the only way for you to be reconciled with God and you want Jesus to lead your life, then you believe. I Peter 1:8-9
Your response to that belief is baptism. “Those who accepted his message were baptized . . .:” Acts 2:41
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism does not make you a Christian. Baptism is the public way people in the New Testament expressed their belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ. The example we see in the Bible demonstrates that first a person is to believe in Christ and then he or she is baptized as an expression of that belief.
For more information, fill this form out and we’ll help you make the plunge!
We talk about Daily Encounter on the weekends. It’s part of The Nine, and it’s how we connect with God throughout the week. This year, Daily Encounter is our focus. As a church, we’ll go through the Bible together. Jump in with us! We’ll post each weekday on Facebook, and you can follow our reading plan HERE so it’s easy to follow along.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus’ final command to us is to, both, be made as a disciple and to make others into disciples. To be a follower of Jesus is to be in these types of intentional relationships.
This is what we call a coaching relationship; one person intentionally investing in another person to help them take next steps with God. While we mean exactly what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28, new language helps to reframe an often misunderstood word: discipleship. Too many times the concept of discipleship is simply an exchange of information. And while “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded” includes an exchange of information, it also requires imitation. How else can you obey what Jesus commanded if you don’t put it into practice? The Apostle Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”
How do I get into a coaching relationship?
How do you get in a Coaching Relationship?
1. Ask someone you respect & see as a mature follower of Jesus.
(Not sure where to look? Ask someone on the team you serve on or in your small group. Not in a group? Then take that step first & find a group near you here. Email your Campus Pastor for more direction, if needed.)
2. Sign the Coaching Covenant with them.
(this helps clarify things like; time commitment, your next step goals, etc)
3. Pick the type of study you want to do: 320, Recommended Book, NextSteps course powered by RightNow Media. (each are explained a bit more below)
4. Start taking next steps as you grow in obedience & knowledge of all that Jesus taught.
(for more on how to coach someone else read here)
Our church is always looking for ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting new video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. And you can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector with your small group, family or in your Coaching Relationship.
Take a look at this video to find out more: