Starting Point is exactly what it sounds like. The Starting Point.
If you are new to Central, interested in finding out more about us, or wanting to explore membership then this is the place for you!
Membership at Central is more than joining a country club and paying your dues. It’s a partnership between us and you. By becoming a member at Central, we promise to provide you with the guidance needed to understand and follow Christ.
In return, we ask that you commit to following the example of Christ in your daily life. As you continue to grow in your faith, use what you have learned and teach others.
Practically speaking, Starting Point is a class where you can learn about the history of Central, find out our beliefs, and meet our staff and elders. The class is only about an hour and a half long, and childcare is always provided.
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision. It’s when you proclaim to everyone that you are a Christ Follower! As a wedding ring identifies the husband with his wife, so baptism identifies a Christian with Christ.
Romans 6:3-5 says: “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”
Baptism not only identifies us with Jesus Christ but it also identifies us with His local church. Acts 2:41-42 “And those who accepted his message were baptized, and about 3,000 were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Frequently Asked Questions About Baptism
Is Baptism for me?
The Bible teaches that Baptism is for anyone who has personally placed their trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior. Baptism does not save or wash away our sins. It is simply an outward expression of an inward decision to trust in Christ as Savior. If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, and have not yet been baptized, you should choose to be baptized as soon as you can. Notice above that the Apostles baptized the new believers that very day!
Why should I be baptized? There are three Biblical reasons to be baptized:
- Christ commands it. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus says “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)
- Christ was our example. Matthew 3:13, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.”(ESV)
- Believers in the Bible practiced it. “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41, ESV)
What if I am not baptized?
While baptism is not a requirement for salvation, it is an important first step of obedience to Christ. You are missing the blessing you could have through your public identification with Him. If you have no desire to be baptized, perhaps you should ask yourself if you truly understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
The best thing for you to do as a new believer in Jesus Christ is to start out on the right step of being baptized to demonstrate your trust in Jesus Christ! You never know who is watching and what your testimony will mean to their life!
When should I be baptized?
In the Bible, baptism always took place right after the person received Christ. In Acts 16:30-33, Peter was asked, “Sirs what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved-you and your household. Then he spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house. At that hour of the night, the jailer took them and washed their wounds, and then immediately he and all of his household were baptized.”
So, keep watch for our next baptism service so that you can share what God has done in your life with everyone!
How can I be baptized?
One of our pastors will meet with you and guide you through what it means to be baptized. If you would like to sign up to be baptized, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch soon.
What if my child wants to be baptized?
Please be aware that we do not practice infant baptism. We believe that baptism is a decision made by the individual – not the parent. However, we do have child dedications, which is you can find out more by clicking the child dedication link.
If your child wants to be baptized, fill out the form above and our Family Pastor will meet both you and the child.
Psalm 127: 3-5a Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
Children are a gift from the Lord. We believe that one of our highest callings in life is to multiply and mature disciples and there is no better way to do that than by investing in our families.
Child dedication is when a family commits to raising their child in household that loves God. It is a commitment by the parents to act like Christ and to teach their children to do the same. It is a commitment from the church to support the parents as they seek to make disciples of their children.
If you have a child that you would like to dedicate, please let us know by filling out the form below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Child Dedication
Do I need to be a member to dedicate my child?
You do not need to be a member of Central to dedicate your child. As your church family, we are here to partner with you as the body of Christ and support you as a family,, but membership is not required for this. However, we will ask you about your relationship with Jesus and whether or not you believe that Jesus is our only path to salvation.
Can a single parent participate in a child dedication service?
Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents, including single parents, to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Is Dedication the same as Baptism?
No. Central Church believes baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Jesus for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.
Dedication does not impart salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through him and his work on the cross. Rather than baptizing infants or children, we do child dedications, where parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.
What should I expect for Parent/Child Dedication?
Parent/Child Dedication is part of our main worship services, lasting 10 – 15 minutes. During the child dedication, parent(s) publicly commit to help their child grow in their faith and to raise them in a home centered on Jesus and the church commits their support of the parents. Our team welcomes the child and parent(s), prays over each family, and gives a charge to the parent(s) and church family.
Sharing the love of Christ through service
Serving is central. Following Jesus is more than meeting our needs. It’s also about meeting the needs of others. You can play an important role in making sure others are able to worship, learn, and grow in a healthy environment.