Step 1: Salvation
What must you do to be saved?
In order to receive salvation, you must first recognize that you need Jesus and He is the ONLY one that can save you. Secondly, you need to review the following scriptures to help you understand the plan of salvation:
Romans 3:23 | Romans 5:8 | Romans 10:9-13 | John 1:12 | Romans 6:23 | John 3:16 | John 10:10 | Luke 13:3-5 | Ephesians 2:8-9 | John 1:12
Finally, you must REPENT unto God for your sins, BELIEVE He is your savior, and you shall RECEIVE the gift of salvation! That’s it! Salvation is not a mystical process. It is designed to connect you to your first love, Jesus Christ.
Step 2: Membership
We believe that joining a church is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. In New Membership class, you will begin the Growth Track process while enjoying fellowship and learning in two half-day sessions. You will learn the foundations of the faith, the history and vision of the church, and will be given an opportunity to become active in ministry.
At the end of the class, you will be given a chance to pledge your commitment to the ministry. This covenant informs you of what we expect from members. Those who sign the covenant after class will be welcomed as full members.
New Members Class
We are grateful to everyone who expresses an interest in joining the Koinonia family, and we would love for you to become an owner of the vision of our church. We want to know who you are and also want to share a few things about us and what we expect from you before you become an official Koinonian. To start the Growth Track, we offer New Membership class. In this two-day session, you’ll learn about Koinonia’s history and purpose, vision, and your responsibility as a member.
Class Schedule: 2 sessions that meet for 3 hours each over a weekend.
Contact: Trev Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3: Growth Track
God wants us to continue to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), which is why we call our Christian Education Ministry The Growth Track. As followers of Christ, it is essential that we invest time learning about who God is and how true believers look and behave so that we can grow and become perfected, which means we strive daily to reflect the true image of Christ.
The Growth Track courses provide members with in-depth teachings and opportunities for discussions on various topics that help us better understand how to fully take on the image of Christ so that we can live in victory and win others to Him.
After becoming members, most people are very excited and want to get started serving. That is why we ask our new members to continue and complete the Growth Track. This consists of 4 additional lessons that further help to assist in spiritual growth. Taking these classes will allow you time to develop the roots and wings that will aid you in living a great life.
Lessons included in these classes are as follows:
1. Foundations of Our Faith: Start your process with the perfect class for Christians to learn about the benefits of salvation and how to study the Bible. Foundations of Our Faith is designed for those who have recently accepted Christ as their personal Savior or for those who need rebuilding. At the end of this lesson and the self study throughout the week, you will have the tools to stand firm in your faith.
2. Becoming a Follower of Christ: Now that you have a firm foundation, learn how to build a personal relationship with God through prayer, praise, worship and wisdom from the Word of God.
3. Becoming a Contagious Christian: Sharing our faith with others can be frightening, but remember God did not give us a spirit of fear. This lesson will show you how easy it is to feel comfortable sharing your faith with others.
4. Finding Your SHAPE in the Kingdom: We are all shaped differently so that God can use us for His Glory. Discover how your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences SHAPE you for ministry at Koinonia.
Step 4: Serve
During the last class of the Growth Track, you will have the opportunity to sign up for or begin a trial service in up to three ministries and enjoy becoming a contributor to God’s vision for Koinonia. Sharing your gifts and talents not only expands the Kingdom, but it will also allow fellowship and establish lasting connections with other Christians.
After serving and becoming accustomed to Koinonia, if you are interested in further developing your spiritual walk and also have a desire to lead others, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the Koinonia Leadership Institute. This is a 10-12 month interactive mentoring program that meets twice per month. The program will teach you the practical and spiritual skills to be an outstanding leader at KCC and in the community.
Though not required for general membership, these steps are strongly encouraged for everyone. They can be inserted into the Next Steps process at any point after salvation as God leads you!
Power Step 1: Baptism by Water
Once we have committed our lives to Christ, the Bible commands us to signify that commitment through baptism. Baptism allows us to identify with Christ and the local body of believers.
What is the meaning of baptism?
- It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. (Colossians 2:12)
Why should I be baptized?
- Because I have received new life through Christ. (Romans 6:4)
- To follow the example set by Christ. (Mark 1:9)
- Because Christ calls us to do it. (Matthew 28:19)
Why should I be baptized by immersion?
- Christ was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16)
- Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. (“Baptizo” to immerse or dip under water)
Who should be baptized?
- Every person who has believed in Christ. (Acts 2:41 and Acts 8:12)
Power Step 2: Baptism in the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost
Even after reading what we have provided here, you may still have questions or be uncomfortable. That's OK. We encourage you to continue pray, invest in teachings on the Holy Spirit from the bookstore and talk to your Deacon, Elder and other seasoned believers who can help you better grasp what Baptism in the Holy Spirit is all about.
What is Holy Spirit baptism and how does it differ from water baptism?
In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said it best:
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”
What is the Holy Spirit?
God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4), but expresses himself in three ways, or as a “Godhead” (1 John 5:7), Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead that Jesus sent to us (John 14:26, 1 John 5:7). This is the “mystery” of God (Colossians 2:2). He his powerful enough to be ONE God yet expresses Himself in three ways:
- Father/God (in heaven)
- Son/Jesus (in earth)
- Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost (in us)
What is the gift of the Holy Spirit and Holy Spirit baptism?
The gift is to be filled to the point of overflowing with (baptized, immersed in) the Holy Spirit; to have Him literally living on the inside of you and helping you to live life the way God intends.
The scriptures outline several specific characteristics of His, the Holy Spirit’s, presence in your life. He will be your:
- Comforter (John 14:26)
- Teacher (John 14:26)
- Helper (John 14:26, John 7:38)
- Power Source (Acts 1:8)
Why do we encourage Holy Spirit baptism?
Luke 11:13 basically tells us that our God knows how to give us what will be most beneficial in our walk with Him. Being filled with the Holy Spirit will equip you with the supernatural power of God to live the way He desires and see your relationship with Him soar to new heights!
How do I receive the Holy Spirit?
Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is very similar to receiving the gift of salvation.
To receive the Holy Spirit, you simply confess that you desire Him, believe that God will send Him to you (John 14:26), and receive Him. The bible says in Luke 11:9: “Ask, and it shall be given you…”
It’s that simple!
How do I KNOW I’ve received the Holy Spirit?
First, the Word of God tells you that if you ask something from God, you will receive it. God’s Word is true.
Secondly, the Word of God clearly reveals that those who were filled with the Holy Spirit spoke with tongues (Acts 2:2-4; 10:44-46 and 19:2-6). God was very specific in outlining this fact in His Word to eliminate any confusion or doubt; each person who received the Holy Spirit also received the manifestation of tongues or what we call a “prayer language." It may sound strange at first, but the more you pray in the Sprit, the more comfortable you will become.
Other key scriptures:
- 1 Corinthians 14:2
- 1 Corinthians 14:4
- 1 Corinthians 14:14
- Jude 1:20