The Next Steps

At Movement Church we believe God loves us where we are, but he also loves us too much to let us stay where we are. Jesus invites us to follow him, which requires us leave the place we’re currently standing and take steps in pursuit of him.

The following Next Steps aren’t the only ones God may be calling us to, but they are certainly the most important as they pertain to our personal walk with Jesus as well as our greater purpose within the local church.

Salvation

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Salvation is the first step for everyone, and it involves us putting our faith in in Jesus. Salvation can’t be earned by our good deeds, nor can it be transferred from a parent or grandparent to a child. Each person must answer the same question Jesus asked Peter 2000 years ago, “Who do you say I am?”

When we rightly recognize Jesus for who he is — both Lord and Savior, the one who gave his life to pay the penalty for our sins and later conquered death in his resurrection — we are forgiven of our sins and receive his salvation. We can then follow him out of gratitude and share in the hope that one day we will be with him in paradise.

Baptism

“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 new lives.” (Romans 6:4)

We like to describe baptism as an outward symbol of an inward faith. We are saved by faith, not baptism, and yet Jesus instituted baptism as an act of obedience for all believers to follow. Symbolically, going under the water represents dying with Christ, and coming up out of the water represents rising to new life in him.

We require everyone who wants to become a Partner at Movement Church to be baptized first. If you were baptized before coming to Movement Church, you do not have to be baptized again. In some rare cases we will baptize a person a second time, but usually only if the person was baptized before they believed the first time around (i.e. they were a child and felt pressured to do it).

Connect Groups

“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)

Connect Groups are small groups that gather during the week to connect, eat, pray, study the Bible, serve the community, and care for one another — similar to the way the early Christians did

in Acts. If we only gather as a church body on Sundays, we miss great opportunities to build relationships and “love one another” during the week.

Connect Groups are unique among the Next Steps in that anyone can join one at anytime, regardless of their beliefs or where they are in their faith journey. We were not created to do life alone; God put us together as a community to love and serve one another.

Partnership

What is a partner?

Some churches have “members,” but here at Movement Church we have “Partners.” Why? Because to be a Partner means you recognize you have a role to play within a community of people who are working toward the same goal. We aren’t just sitters; we’re doers.

(As was mentioned above, a person must be saved and baptized before becoming a Partner. In order to be a Partner in our church, it is important for you to first be a member of the global church.)

The concept of Partnership is that we are all responsible for the health and vitality of our church. As a Partner, you would be expected to do your part to uphold Movement Church’s vision and values,as the expectations listed below. When we all do the following things, the entire church benefits. When we don’t, the entire church suffers.

The ongoing expectations for a Partner include the following: SERVE, GIVE, GROW, and GO.

SERVE

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45

Definition: ​To do anything and everything to demonstrate God’s love and lead others to Jesus​.

Why? – Jesus came to Earth not to be served, but to serve, and we’re called to have the same attitude. There are many ways to serve both inside and outside of the church, and we believe every Christian should use their time, talents, and energy to show others the love of Jesus through service. In fact, there are some purposes God has for our lives that we can only fulfill within the context of the church.

Service Opportunities – There are many serving opportunities at Movement Church:

  1. Weekend Experience (worship team, production team, security, hospitality team)
  2. Media (video, audio recording, social media, podcasts, graphics, advertising)
  3. The Exchange (connecting, mentoring, small groups, greeting, feeding, media)
  4. KidZone (teachers, helpers, registration, worship team)
  5. Hospitality (greeters, Connect Central, Oasis Café, parking team, cleaning team)
  6. Connect Groups (hosts, leaders)
  7. Family Ministries (event planning)

GROW

“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” -1 Corinthians 13:11

Definition- The progress to maturity.

Why? – We believe you should come as you are, but we don’t want to see you stay as you are. Healthy things grow, so we want to help people grow and experience the work of God in every area of their lives. God calls us time and time again to trust Him and follow the straight and narrow path. This is difficult for a child to do. That is why we must constantly move toward maturity in our walk with the Lord.

We are responsible for the growth of:

    • ME- The first responsibility an Partner must take is for his/her self. Partners have a

      responsibility to be consistent in their daily relationship with God by reading the Bible and praying, to be reliable and follow through on tasks, and to always look for ways for improvement and leaving the old self behind.

    • WE– The second responsibility is to a small group of people. This requires time, patience, accountability, love, and understanding. Movement Church provides Connect Groups, where people can meet in homes with a group of 6-10 to do life together. These groups can meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly to discuss sermons and/or Biblical topics.
    • US– The last responsibility of an Partner is to the church body. A Partner can grow in multiple ways, such as: attending a church service, participating in worship, tithing, or serving in one of our many ministries. The church is also designed to be a place of fellowship. A home church allows people to find other Christians in their neighborhood and city.

GIVE

“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

– Proverbs 11:24-25

  • Definition – The discipline of consistently returning a portion of our income back to God.
  • Why? – Every good thing we have comes from God (James 1:17), which leads us to believe these things as a church: First, we should responsibly manage the resources God has given us, and second, we should be generous. The Father was not stingy in giving us the Son, and neither should we be stingy with the things we possess.​ ​All things on this earth really belong to God anyway. They were created by Him and for Him. Everything people possess is only on loan from God. He calls us to return a portion (many start with 10% as a base number, though more can be given) of income and profits to His church to see that needs are met and the ministry can move forward.

GO

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20

Definition- The act of sharing our faith outside of the church walls.

Why? – All believers have a role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission, in which Jesus

told his followers to “Go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19). Though many of us will never evangelize from the stage, all of us have a responsibility to share our faith with our family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers in order to see their lives saved and transformed by the Gospel.

6 ways to go:

  1. Share a personal, spiritual story
  2. Bring someone who doesn’t know Jesus to a service
  3. Be part of community events and outreach
  4. Take a missions trip
  5. Sponsor a missionary
  6. Be obedient to the call of Jesus