Next Steps

What would it look like for you to take the next step in following  Jesus?

When we get excited about our personal walk with Christ, we want to get to know Christ better.
The more we know Christ, the more we will want to be like Him. The more we want to be like Christ,
the deeper the roots of our faith grow.  What’s the next step in your faith journey with Jesus?

Surrender Your Life

As you walk through life, our prayer is that you will feel God pulling on your heart to come to Him.  It looks different for each person, and God will use various people and circumstances to draw people to Himself.  But one thing is for sure: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)  Whether you feel a vague emptiness in your life or you feel like your drowning in a deep pit, God’s desire is that you come to Him and ask Him to save you.  He’s waiting right now!

So how do you do it?  Surrender your Life to Christ – Jesus loves you and wants a close relationship with you!  The Bible says that you can know for sure that you’re God’s child and headed to heaven (John 1:12, I John 5:13).  Click here for a great explanation of how to turn from sin and surrender your life to Christ.

Read the Bible

Once you’ve surrender your life to Christ, it is so important to grow in your relationship with Him.  In the book of Second Peter in the Bible, he tells us that we’ve been given “everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him…” (2 Peter 1:3), and he goes on to encourage us to, “make every effort to add to your faith…” (v. 5).  Peter tells us that this is so important because, “…if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” (v. 8-9) 

The Bible is the primary way God speaks to us today.  Its message is inspired, and brings needed hope, encouragement and correction to our lives (2 Tim. 3:16).  Download a free Bible to your computer, iPad, kindle or mobile device and read it or listen to it daily. Meditating on God’s Word brings His blessing (Joshua 1:8).  For a list of all the benefits of God’s word see Psalm 19 and 119.

About Baptism

The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after surrendering to Christ:

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“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ. It shows that they have decided to put Christ at the center of their life, after coming into life-changing relationship with Him. Baptism is an outward picture of what has already taken place on the inside of a person. Being baptized does not make you right with God, but it shows others that you have already trusted in what Christ did for you on the cross. Like a wedding ring in marriage, the action of baptism is a symbol of a commitment made, a declaration to others of the love and devotion you have for Christ.


How does Grace Church explain baptism? Watch a sermon video about baptism
I have a question about baptism. Email Pastor Gregg Carrick

Class for New Attenders of Grace Church

New Attenders Class

Enjoy a fast-moving class which explores the core values of the faith and vision of Grace Church taught by our pastors and ministry leaders.

Begin to Serve

Volunteering is a great way to serve God, through our weekly classes and ministry opportunities. Each ministry has unique ways to serve. Fill out a Volunteer to Serve form to get into contact with ministry leaders to see where would be a good fit for you.

Try Tithing

Tithing Is More Than Giving

The word “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. Tithing, or giving ten percent of your income, isn’t merely giving something to God. It’s giving back what was his to begin with. All that we have, or hope to have, comes from him. The Bible says that tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything. It teaches us to always put God first in our lives.

If you haven’t started tithing yet, try a 90–Day Tithing Experiment.  For 3 months test the Lord and see if he won’t open the windows of heaven and pour out “so much blessing” you won’t be able to contain it (Mal. 3:10-12).  If you’d like helpful resources to launch you on this journey of generosity e-mail john.guenther@gracecma.org.

Take a Class

Everyone is WELCOME to attend! Feel free to invite your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. Hundreds of people attend classes every week. There’s no need to preregister and all classes are FREE (except for books/resources). You’re welcome to try one or more classes and see which is the best fit. Classes are great for meeting people at Grace while growing in the faith and experiencing life transformation.

Go on a Mission Trip

Going Long-Term

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.'” Mark 16:15

Have you had the sense that God may be calling you to serve Him overseas? Within the Alliance family, there are numerous ways to serve as an international worker (IW). Click here to start the journey. If you want to know what areas you could get involved in with the Alliance, click here.  Lastly… here are some links to help you prepare.

If you have questions, contact Amy Roedding at the International Placement Office roeddinga@cmalliance.org

missions-goGoing Short-Term

Our vision is to see adults and youth returning from short-term experiences with a new passion to continue participating in the Great Commission. Going on a mission trip is certainly a way to impact others, and it should result in a lifestyle that is characterized by praying, giving, sending, and even going long term for the cause of world evangelization and for the Glory of God. We hope that you’ll consider joining us on one of the trips.  Each short-term trip requires an application and a background to be considered to be a part of the team