We are thrilled that you have visited Southlands Fullerton and we hope that you walked away learning more about Jesus and our community. We know it can be difficult to discern what to do next. As a church we are passionate about walking with you as you discover more about being a Christ follower. Please feel free to ask questions about what faith in Jesus looks like.
If you are already a Christ follower you will know that we responded to the gospel through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. Having received the free gift of salvation, believers are also to respond by observing the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism uniquely depicts initiation into the Christian life, portraying the believer’s union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. It points to the beginning of the Christian life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38) and displays one’s commitment to turn from sin and trust in Christ for salvation. For this reason, we do not baptize infants. If you were baptized as an infant, we would ask that—in obedience to Scripture and as part of becoming a member of Southlands Church—you be baptized as a believer.
A candidate for baptism should be able to:
- Communicate the content of the gospel as well as an expression of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
- Evidence godly sorrow over sin, followed by repentance which leads to the fruit of the Spirit.
- Examine himself and the condition of his soul (1 Corinthians 11:27-32).
- Demonstrate a willingness to turn away from the world and instead live a life keeping God’s commands and loving God’s church (1 John 2:15-17; 5:1-5).
- Exhibit fruit which proceeds from regeneration (Galatians 5:22-23).
Why full immersion? Baptism portray the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). For this reason it is our biblical conviction that (where geographically and practically possible) baptism should be by full immersion.
Why we don’t baptize infants. Scripture nowhere instructs us to baptize infants, nor does it describe infants being baptized. Baptism in the New Testament is exclusive to believers, to those who have repented from their sins and placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Because infants are not able to do this, they are not yet believers and should not be baptized.
Why we don’t “re-baptize.” There are times when a believer has made a confession of faith, been baptized but not walked in holiness. They have now repented of sin and wish to be baptized as a sign of their seriousness and commitment. But as Grudem says: “Baptism [is] an ordinance that is only observed once by each person, as a sign of the beginning of his or her Christian life…The Lord’s Supper [is] an ordinance that is to be observed repeatedly throughout our Christian lives, as a sign of continuing fellowship with Christ.”
We will therefore encourage that individual to find true repentance by leaning on the grace and mercy of God and express that commitment through the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper / Communion and not baptism. If you are interested in baptism, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lord’s Supper / Communion uniquely depicts continuing fellowship with God, this is a repeated act whereby the believer remembers the Lord’s death and renews his commitment to Christ and participation in His church (1 Corinthians 11:27-34). We do this is often as we meet corporately.
In receiving the Lord’s Supper:
- We symbolize the death of Christ; our actions give a picture of his death for us.
- We picture the spiritual nourishment and refreshment that Christ is giving to our souls.
- We remember that Jesus’ death accomplished oneness with our Father.
- We joyfully look forward to His return to claim us as His own.
- We proclaim our dependence on and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
Meet and Greet:
Everyone has a story to tell, and we would love to hear yours. Far above programs and meetings, we are about relationships. Every Sunday, we have have created an opportunity to connect with you, we have reserved one of the tables at the coffee area especially for those of you who want to meet one of the leaders.
We consider ourselves a family of servant missionaries, not an audience or spectators, but men and women transformed by Jesus, brought into a family of faith and been given a divine mission to serve Fullerton for the glory of God. There is therefore no better way to get connected to Southlands, learn more about Jesus and join us on mission than to join a life group. Throughout the week, we gather in small groups in homes. We discuss how to apply Gods word, serve the city together, celebrate together, and pray together. Visit our website to see when and where our life groups are meeting or talk to someone at the visitor’s table.
We understand that people are on different parts of their journey in understanding who Jesus is, and we design our gatherings to be open to those who are exploring faith. In order to equip, train, develop and effectively care for our church family, we encourage them to become members who participate in Jesus’ mission through giving, service, and community. We encourage those that are interested or curious about membership to attend “Newcomers Lunch” at Nick and (Nick is the lead pastor) Karin’s home. This is designed to give you a more detailed look “under the hood.” After attending the Newcomers Lunch, you will be invited to attend a membership class where, again you will learn more about what it looks like to join us on mission as a community of faith in Fullerton.