Every quarter we have a newcomer’s lunch where our staff sits down with people who have been attending Sioux City First for less than 6 months. We share a little bit about the church and allow people to ask questions about First. We also set aside time to get to know you a little bit. Don’t be too nervous, just basic info. It’s a time for us just to connect and get to know one another.
Following Jesus really isn’t that complicated. Here is our model for following Jesus: Admit you are a sinner, Believe in Jesus, and Confess Him as Lord. I know these terms may seem a bit odd if you don’t have a church background, but imagine being forgiven from every wrong you have ever committed. Imagine there is someone who died in your place so that you didn’t have to face the consequences of those decisions. Then you will take the step to follow Jesus and allow Him to be your life leader. He will help and guide you every day.
Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change. Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God and the decision to follow Christ. We immerse because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in him.We offer several opportunities throughout the year to be baptized. This is a great first step after making the decision to follow Jesus.
This is our membership class where we talk together about what the mission of the church is. We share about our vision and values, share life experience and share our testimony of how Jesus changes us. Membership is important because if provides ownership. A way for you to feel like you are serving others, while being served by others. It’s a great step to take to belong to something bigger than yourself.
If you want to grow in your relationship with Jesus, you need to have intentional relationships with people who have the same goal—and First Groups are the ideal place for that. In a First Group, eight to twelve adults meet regularly for a year or more to pursue spiritual growth and healthy relationships. You’ll be encouraged to live out the truths you discover in the Bible, as you encourage others to do the same.
Our belief is that as people choose to serve, whether in church, in the local community, or around the world, the impact of that service will change lives—for those serving, for the people they serve, and even for those who see them giving their time to help someone else.