FBC Biloxi
Thursday, August 28, 2014

next steps

 Beginning a Relationship with God
 
At First Baptist Biloxi, you'll find out that we love to connect people with a life-changing personal relationship with Christ.  Do you have that kind of relationship with Him?  Have you received Christ for yourself?
 
Receiving Christ means following the ABC's of Salvation.
 
Receiving Christ means admitting that you're a sinner.  At first that idea may seem to be a little harsh.  But actually, all of us are sinners.  All of us have refused to let God have His way in our lives.  Sin built an eternal wall between you and God that you can never tear down by yourself (Acts 3:19; Romans 3:23).
 
Receiving Christ means believing in Jesus Christ, God's Son, to forgive your sin.  Christ died on the cross to pay your sin debt (Romans 6:23).  When you receive His gift of forgiveness, the wall of sin that separates you from God will come tumbling down for good.

Receiving Christ means confessing your faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10,13; 1 John 1:9).  In other words, you turn to Christ and receive Him into your life as your Savior.  At the same time, you give your life to Him as your Lord.
 
Receiving Christ is as simple as praying.  Perhaps the following words will express to the Lord the desire of your heart to receive Him today.
 
"Father, I know that you love me, and I admit that I'm a sinner.  Right now I ask you to forgive me for my sin.  I place my life in your hands to save me and to be my Lord.  Thank you for saving me today."
 
If you prayed to receive Christ, let us know!  Call us at 228.396.8500.  We want to celebrate your new birth with you (John 3:7).  We also want to help you as you grow in Him.
 
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
 
At First Baptist Biloxi, we practice two ordinances that strengthen our connection with Christ: baptism and the Lord's Supper.  Each ordinance serves as a rich symbol that expresses something superb about the Lord and what He has done for us.
 
We practice baptism by immersion for people who have received Christ.  The Lord instructed us to baptize new Christians (Matthew 28:19).  Baptism by immersion symbolizes the tremendous reality that we have been given new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-4).  In baptism, new Christians signify what Christ has done in their lives by saving them.   For that reason, you will find that periodically in our worship services, we baptize new believers.
 
We also practice the Lord's Supper in keeping with the Lord's instruction (1 Corinthians 11:32-26).  Periodically in our worship services, we will devote attention to taking the bread and the cup.  The bread reminds us of the body of Christ that was broken for us.  The cup brings to mind the blood of Christ that washes away our sins.  Partaking of the Lord's Supper helps us as believers to stay focused on the gift of His salvation and the promise of His return.