Jesus taught that anyone wanting to follow Him should first estimate the cost (Luke 14:28-33).

While we cannot judge the motives of the heart as only God can, it is the goal of this study to help the seeker to fully understand their decision and to truly repent before baptism (Acts 2:38-41).

The following are a number of areas to be discussed with those seeking to be baptized and become part of the church.

Scriptures and Topics

I.God’s Plan for Salvation:

Acts 2: 36-41 (Tap to Expand)

  • 1) Baptism is an adult decision.
  • 2) A person must hear the message (belief/faith), repent, and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit in order to be saved.
  • 3) There is no other practice in the scriptures for being saved.
  • While God is the judge of all men and churches (not us) we must be faithful to the scriptures and fellowship only with those who have followed God’s plan for salvation and live according to His word.

II. Personal Relationship with God

Matthew 4:4 / Mark 1:35 / 2 Timothy 2:15 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (Tap to Expand)

  • Discipleship is a lifelong relationship with God that does not end even at death!
  • Every disciple needs to maintain their own personal relationship with God.
  • Daily devotion to God through prayer and reading of God’s word is the standard for all disciples.

III. Relationship with Gods Church

  • A. The Mission of the Church Luke 19:10 / II Corinthians 5: 10-21 / Matt 28:18-20
  • B. Discipleship Hebrews 3:12-13
  • C. Fellowship – Acts 2: 42-47 / Hebrews 10:23 – Sunday Service / Midweek / Small Groups
  • D. Dating and Marriage II Corinthians 6:14-17- Disciples date and marry other Disciples
  • E. Serve with your Gifts Ephesians 2:8-10 / Romans 12:4-8
  • F. Financial Support Acts 2:45 / Luke 11:42 / Malachi 3:10 / I Corinthians 9:13-14