Discover Jesus

Whatever stage you are at in your faith journey, there is always a next step. This page will hopefully help you discover what that next step might look like.

Why Jesus?

The heart of the Christian faith is not a symbol or a philosophy, but a person. Jesus Christ is the person at the centre of all that Christians believe and it is He that we worship as our Lord and Saviour.

Christians believe that Jesus Christ is not just a historical figure, but the Son of God who was born as a man to do what only God could do – deal with our sin and make it possible for us to once more enter into relationship with our God. More than that, although he died on a cross to make that possible – he was resurrected so that we can continue, to this day, to be in relationship with him by His Spirit.

You may have many questions about what has just been said and more, which is why we welcome everyone, no matter what stage of the faith journey you are at, to join us at one of our weekend services and begin to discover for yourself who Jesus is and why the things he has done can make such a difference to your life.

Here are a few stories from people who did just that.

The Alpha Course

We all explore, every day. For all our searching – it’s rare to find time to think, and talk, about the big questions of life; about faith and reason and God and meaning. But exploring is good. We’re built for it.

Alpha is a great opportunity to explore the Christian faith.

The Alpha Course has been attended by millions of people all around the world. Each session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.

They always start with food. Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. Most sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.

They include a fresh, interesting talk. The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?

Finally there’s time to discuss and ask questions. This is probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

If you’re interested in attending Alpha – get in touch with your Hope City location today or visit the Alpha website and find an Alpha Course near you.

Baptism

Baptism for Christians is an important moment in their journey of faith when they publicly declare their decision to follow Jesus Christ. But it’s more than just a declaration.

Baptism is an act of faith and obedience. It is one of the key instructions Jesus gives to all believers if they want to choose to follow Him.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus himself was baptised. Even though he was without sin, he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.

“At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” Mark 1:9 MSG

When we are baptised we publicly declare our decision to follow Jesus and to live our lives in obedience to His Word, turning from our sin and living a life of faith.

The reason that we are immersed in water during our baptism is to act as a symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Going down into the water represents the death of our old life and rising from the waters represents the new life we receive in Christ.

“Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 MSG

Baptism becomes a key date in your life, just like marriage, which you can celebrate as the day you recognised the new life Jesus has given you before family and friends. Baptism is not something we do in order to believe. It is what we do to show that we have already accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.

How are we to be baptised?

As a church we believe in baptism by full immersion in water. The word “baptise” itself comes from the Greek word “baptise” which means “to immerse or dip under water”. Full immersion is the way Jesus was baptised and so we choose to do the same.

“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16.

Who should be baptised?

Every person who chooses to follow Jesus Christ and become a Christian.

How can I find out more?

Throughout the year we hold baptisms in our services. If you would like to be baptised, or you would like to find out more about it then contact your location and one of our pastoral team will be in touch. Or speak to your Lead Pastor after the service this weekend.

Talk to Someone

We all explore, every day. For all our searching – it’s rare to find time to think, and talk, about the big questions of life; about faith and reason and God and meaning. But exploring is good. We’re built for it.