What does it mean to KNOW JESUS? It means that you are choosing to pursue a personal relationship with Him. You acknowledge that He already KNOWS you and that you are making a choice KNOW Him in return.
To begin that relationship with Jesus means that you acknowledge that you have gone against God’s standards (the Bible calls this sin), and that you accept the sacrifice that Jesus has made on the cross on your behalf to pay the punishment due for your sins. Then you simply put your faith in Jesus and commit to follow Him with all of your life. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Then you begin your journey of following Jesus.
We believe that this personal relationship is possible through the knowing God as He reveals Himself to us through the Bible, through prayer, by being in COMMUNITY with other followers of Jesus -- and with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Making the decision to KNOW Jesus through a personal relationship with Him is the most important decision you will make towards a truly fulfilled life. He is the way, the truth and the life... and whoever believes in Him and calls on His name will KNOW God. If you have made that decision today - I would love to connect with you - send me an email below. You can also sign up for Starting Point, which is the best place to start when seeking to learn more about Jesus.
We also believe in declaring our choice to KNOW JESUS through the public symbol of baptism. Baptism is simply being immersed in water to show that we have been raised into new life with Jesus. This is something that Jesus calls all who follow Him to do and to know more about that, see the section below.
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~ Jonathan Neufeld | Lead Pastor
Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it's one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same. It's not always comfortable. It's not always easy. But it's a start.
Your starting point may include many questions about the Bible, who God is and what He is like (God, Jesus and Holy Spirit), sin, death, resurrection, etc. -- and having a place to explore these questions is important!
Here at Ridge Church we want to start the journey of knowing Jesus together - and the 8-week "Starting Point" class helps us to do that! Click HERE to see a short video about what this class is all about.
In the New Testament, believing in Jesus and baptism are closely linked. Baptism is the public declaration of a decision to trust Christ that has already been made in a person’s heart.
Jesus showed by example that we are to be baptized by being baptized himself (Matthew 3:13-17). While Jesus had no sin to repent of, His baptism signaled His willingness to surrender His life in totality to the will of God. By going under the waters of baptism, Jesus also portrayed the kind of death He would die in order to purchase our salvation.
Baptism not only signifies resurrection to a new life in Christ, but it is also a public commitment to walk in Christ’s way. Baptism not only testifies that we now belong to Christ, but has historically been the “door” through which we identify with the church family at large. For this reason, baptism and church membership have been closely related in nearly all orthodox traditions.
We strongly encourage every baptized believer to also formally identify as a member of the church.
All those who accept Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord should be baptized.
At Ridge Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them (usually after 12 years of age).
At Ridge Church, it is a membership requirement that every member have been baptized as believers even if they were baptized as children. We are part of the “believers church” tradition that sees baptism & church membership as something voluntary and individual. While we affirm parents good intentions in having their children baptized as infants, we see baptism as something an individual chooses of their own free will after they have trusted in Christ for salvation.
If you have trusted Christ for your salvation we would encourage you to make plans to publicly declare your faith. This step of obedience is a significant milestone in your walk of faith.
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