The Man

Jesus was born in a small rural town roughly 2 000 years ago. He was born into a lower–class family, to a teenage virgin mum and lived a relatively quiet life until the age of 30. At this time Jesus began his public ministry. Throughout the next three years, Jesus performed miracles, preached messages and proclaimed He was God by His word and His works. As promised, Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross to save humanity from sin, Satan and death. On the third day, Jesus rose from death and appeared to hundreds before ascending into the clouds to join His heavenly Father.

The Mission

Jesus arrived on the stage of human history on a mission — to reveal who God is, to show His reign as King and to reconcile men and women to God. In reconciling us to God, Jesus lived and died as a sacrificial substitute, living perfectly in the place of sinners, and dying gruesomely in the place of the guilty. Jesus is therefore the saviour of the world, the only way for sinners to be saved from the righteous wrath of God. Jesus accomplished His mission through His death, atoning for our sin, and through His resurrection, rising in victory over Satan, sin and death.

The Message

Throughout His ministry, Jesus preached a consistent message. Jesus proclaimed that true life consisted in following him. Jesus calls us to repent of our rebellion, and believe in Him. We are to believe that Jesus is our all–satisfying saviour, and that He accomplished His mission in the place of our failure.

For those who believe in Him, Jesus promises them eternal life, abundant joy, the help of the Holy Spirit and reconciliation with God the Father. Those who believe in Jesus are freed from their sin, guilt and shame, and commissioned to continue His mission in sacrificially serving the world and proclaiming the good news of Jesus.

BAPTISM

What is Baptism?

Baptism is a public display of faith in Jesus Christ. It publicly announces that you have given your life to Christ, accepting that you are not perfect (sinful) and in need of a Savior, and that you are not ashamed of your relationship with Jesus. It is the symbolic WASHING AWAY of one's old self, and the acceptance of a new self and life in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The act of baptism can be defined as an outward expression of an inward decision.

What Does Baptism Mean?

1. Baptism illustrates Jesus' DEATH and RESURRECTION. "Christ DIED for our sins... He was buried... He was RAISED from the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). "For your were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to NEW LIFE because you have trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead" (Colossians 2:12). 2. Baptism illustrates NEW LIFE as a Christian. "For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live news lives (Romans 6:4). 3. Baptism doesn't make you a believer-it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you. Only your faith in Christ saves you. Baptism is like a wedding ring-it's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.

Why Do We Get Baptized?

To follow the example set by CHRIST and because Christ commanded it. "One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized..." (Luke 3:21). "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).

How Do We Baptize?

We baptize by immersion, which means to be placed completely under water. We baptize by immersion for three reasons.

  1. Jesus was baptized that way. "As Jesus was coming up out of the water..." (Mark 1:10)

  2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. "He ordered the carriage to stop and they went down into the water, and     Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." (Acts 8:38-39)

  3. The very word baptize means to immerse or submerge.

What If I Was Baptized as a Baby?

That's a great question. Baptism is a personal decision. If you were baptized and it wasn't your decision, the Bible says you should be baptized again, this time with the full knowledge of your commitment. Also, an infant would not have a salvation testimony to communicate to the church.

Want to Get Baptized.

Let us know by calling the church office to talk to a pastor. If you have any further questions, come forward at the conclusion of any service and ask a counselor to be baptized. They will ask you about your salvation experience at that time.

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.
— Matthew 28:18-20

At Ocean View Church, we strive to accomplish our mission at every level and our discipleship strategy is designed to mobilize believers to minister the Word of God to the world.

1. KNOW

KNOWING GOD & HIS SALVATION

You were designed to be a part of a church family. A healthy and harmonious family has common beliefs, purposes and commitment. That’s why at OVC we want you to know Jesus Christ and His salvation. We want to share with you who we are as a church, what we believe and where we’re going.

KNOW is the basic introduction to our church family and is designed to clearly explain who and what the church is. This session is broken into four parts covering: Our Salvation, Statements, Strategy and Structure.

At the end of the session there will be an opportunity for you to become a member of the church, or you can wait and decide at another time. No pressure whatsoever, we want you to be informed and comfortable with your decision. 

2. Grow

GROWING IN CHRIST & HIS WORD

All Christians eventually ask the same questions: How can I get closer to God? How can I live more and more like Jesus? How can I grow in my faith? Where do I start? This session is designed to answer these and many other questions.

During GROW, you will learn four habits that will energize or renew your spiritual life: bible reading, prayer, giving and relationships. 

3. Give & GO

GIVING OF TIME, TALENT & TREASURE

When you became a Christian, God gave you salvation and the hope of eternity in heaven. He also gave you purpose and significance in your life now. He has given each of us the opportunity to serve others and make a real difference in someone’s life. When you serve others in Jesus’ name, that’s called ministry.

At OVC, we believe that every member of our church is a minister. This is what this session is all about. You will learn that God wants to use your Spiritual Gifts, your Heart (passions), your Abilities, Personality and Experiences to minister to others in need. 

GOING IN HIS POWER TO ALL NATIONS

God created you with a purpose. That personal, yet church- wide purpose, means connecting flawed human beings with our perfect and eternal God.

Your own story of how God has worked in your life is one of the most effective tools you have for connecting people to God.In this session, you’ll learn to communicate that story to your neighborhood, workplace and around the world.