HELPING PEOPLE KNOW AND FOLLOW JESUS, STEP BY STEP
We believe every person is on a journey and joyfully make room for people at every stage of belief. Whether you have been a churchgoer your whole life, have yet to set foot in a church, or you're somewhere in between; we believe every season of life can be a step closer to the Father.
Whatever your personal next step is, we are here to help you discover it.
It's possible to explore faith freely and ask the questions we all have, to wipe the slate clean and work together to find a new starting point for faith.
Do you have questions or concerns about Christianity or the Bible? Then Starting Point is the place for you.
Starting Point is Designed for Those Who Are:
New to faith in Jesus
Returning to faith after a time away
Coming from a different faith background
Questioning their faith
Whether you’ve attended Life Church Buffalo once or have been with us for 10 years, you may have noticed: God is up to something here! So, what does Growth Path have to do with it? Everything! To put it simply, Growth Path is for you to learn about Life Church, learn how you can be a part of what God is doing here, and to set you on a pathway of personal and spiritual growth toward the purpose God created you for.
If you've decided to follow Jesus and haven't made the decision, on your own, to be baptized - then baptism is your next step! Acts 22:16 says it best -"And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized"!
Water baptism is an outward symbol of an inward decision to follow Jesus. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Romans 6 tells us that when we are baptized, we put to “death” our old sinful life. It is a picture of our desire to be united with Jesus through his death and burial (going down in the water) and the new life we have because of his resurrection (coming back up from the water) (Romans 6:3-5).
Anyone who has put their faith in Jesus Christ can and should get baptized. Baptism is the next step for anyone who has committed his or her life to following Jesus (Acts 8:12).
Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
The Bible does not show that you must wait any set period of time. In fact, there are examples of people being baptized immediately after accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. Baptism is about taking your next step in obedience to Christ, therefore we encourage everyone & anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus to get baptized as soon as we offer it.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. Some traditions teach that you must be baptized in order to receive salvation. We firmly believe that one is only saved by grace and through faith and not of anything we do on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9). Water baptism doesn’t save you, it only declares to the world that God has already saved you.
Although there are different traditions in how people baptize, we believe the New Testament model was baptism by immersion, which symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The word for baptism in the original language means to make fully wet and most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. The written account of Jesus being baptized describes him being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10). Therefore, we baptize by immersion and encourage you to take this step if you have never been baptized in this way.
While we recognize that some churches practice infant baptism, our understanding from the Bible is that baptism always followed a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). In truth, if you were baptized as a baby it was your parent’s choice and not yours.
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9). We encourage those who were christened or baptized as infants to consider getting baptized now as an understanding believer. Perhaps one can consider this a fulfillment of what their parents desired for them when they were a baby.
We will baptize older children upon their own expression of a desire to be baptized and an understanding of their own decision to follow Jesus.
Join a TEAM!
The reason so many people are finding life change at Life Church Buffalo is because of the many wonderful faces who give of their time to serve each weekend. From the parking lot to the auditorium to KidsLife, we know that every role is significant in leaving a lasting impression. We love our church for BEING the Church, not just going to church!
If you love computers, cameras and technology – this area is for you. No experience required.
Safety & Medical
If you tend to run toward emergencies rather than from them, this area is for you.
If you love to meet new people and make them feel welcome, this is the area for you.
If you love being around kids and want to help them discover Jesus at their own level, this area is for you.
If you believe like us that the next generation is the NOW generation and want to be a part of helping them change the world, this area is for you.
Worship, Care Families, Outreach, Baptism, Next Steps - there's a spot for everyone! These teams are smaller and carry larger time commitments, but may be the right fit for you.
We believe the optimum environment for sustained life-change is within the context of life-on-life relationships. That's why we do Life Groups! Discipleship happens when we pursue and prioritize authentic community (accountability, belonging & care) and spiritual growth (intimacy with God, community with insiders, & influence with outsiders).
In Community, we belong and become!