Next Steps

Should I be Baptized?

Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but is the first step of faith for believers. The baptismal waters don’t save anyone. It’s Jesus that does that. Baptism is a picture of the work that Jesus has done in a person’s heart.

Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) It shows our new life as a follower of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Baptism doesn’t make you a believer… it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t save you; Jesus does! Baptism is like a wedding ring, signifying a relationship rather than forming that relationship.

We follow Jesus’ example in baptism. He was baptized (Mark 1:9), and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).

At White Oak Church, we baptize by immersion. That’s the example we see throughout Scripture, and is the basis for the meaning of the word “baptize,” which means to immerse (or dip under) in water.

Ready to be baptized?

If you’re a believer, you should be baptized! It doesn’t matter if you were saved 20 years ago or just last week… it’s time to take the next step in your faith journey.

We normally have baptism’s regularly. Prior to being baptized we have a baptism class to explain biblical baptism. Please let us know if you are interested.

What Does Membership Mean?

Church members commit to joining a spiritual family who provides encouragement, accountability and support. They are called to serve and sacrifice for each other. Our Overseer’s pledge to assist our members with care, counsel, prayer, and teaching. It’s our hope that you will put your trust in Jesus Christ, get baptized and become a member of White Oak Church.

3 Reasons to Be a Member

It’s Biblical

Christ is committed to the church. “…Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)

It’s Practical

It defines those upon whom we can depend. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our church family.

It’s Healthy

It produces spiritual growth. The Bible gives major emphasis for the need of Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to a specific church family.

How Do I Become a Member?

We would love for you to take the next step by joining the local church family at White Oak! There are four simple requirements (for those 18+) to become a member at White Oak Church:

  • Trust Christ by faith for salvation; we want you to share your testimony about your salvation experience.
  • Request church membership.
  • Attend the Membership Class led by Pastor Charlie.
  • Participate and Complete a Fundamentals of the Faith Community Group in the Fall, Winter or Spring.

Ask about our next Membership class event!

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