Connecting With God

There is nothing more important than knowing where we will spend eternity. God loves you so much. No matter where you are in life or how far you may feel you are from God, He’s never lost sight of you or forgotten about you. With God, there’s forgiveness from your past, strength for your life today and hope for what’s ahead tomorrow. Our hope is that you will want to connect with God, and you can by simply telling God that you want to. If you would like to pray and receive Jesus as your Savior, we want to share this prayer for you to pray:

 

“Dear God, I thank You for the gift of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I repent

of all my sins and ask You to forgive me. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life. I believe He

died on the cross and was raised from the dead so that I might receive His life, now and forever.

Jesus, thank You for saving me and giving me eternal life. I invite You into my heart, and I ask you

to change me on the inside. Fill me with your peace and help me, through the power of the Holy

Spirit, to live life in a way that would honor You. In Jesus’ Name… Amen.”


Let Us Know

 

If you just prayed the above prayer, let someone know! We would love to hear from you and send you some materials about your new walk with God. Email us at info@heartofthebay.org or call our church office at 510-876-3232.

What's Next

Now that you have received Jesus for the first time or have rededicated your life to Him, here are some important steps to help you grow in your relationship with Him.


Tell others of your experience with Jesus.

(Romans 1:16)


Read your Bible daily.

(Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16 -17)


Pray daily. Talk to God and listen for His answers.

(Luke 18:1)


Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and pray in the Holy Spirit every day.

(Acts 2:4; Jude 20)


Attend church regularly.

(Acts 2:42; Matthew 28:19)


Repent quickly when you sin.

(1 John 1:9)


Spend time with other Christians that love Jesus.

(1 John 1:7)


Look for ways to serve God by helping people inside and outside of the church.

(Galatians 5:13-14)


Begin to give financially into the work of the ministry through tithes and offerings.

(2 Corinthians 9:6,7)


If you prayed to receive Jesus, contact us so that we can pray for your continued growth in Christ.

Water Baptism

The Doctrine of Water Baptism

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”    
(Hebrews 6:1-2)


1. There are basically three types of baptism available according to scripture:
Baptism into the body of Christ at the new birth.
(Romans 6:3,4; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27,28)
Baptism into water after the new birth.
(Matthew 3:7-8, Acts 16:32-34, Acts 22:16)
Baptism with the Holy Ghost.

(Acts 1:5; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38)

2. What is Water Baptism?
Water baptism is outward evidence of what happened at the new birth.
(II Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 28:18,19)
Water baptism does not save us. Only believing and confessing that Jesus died and rose again for our justification saves us.

(Romans 10:9-10)

3. Why must I be baptized?
Jesus commanded us to be baptized.
(Matthew 28:18-19)
Obedience always bears fruit.
(Isaiah 1:19)
Jesus is our example.
(Luke 3:21-23)

4. How am I to be baptized?
The word “baptize” means to immerse; to place completely and totally under. Scripturally, we are to be totally immersed in water.
(Acts 8:26-40)


Attire


Men
Wear what you are going to be baptized in to the church.
Wear clothing that can get wet. Long shorts are acceptable; a shirt must be worn.

Please do not wear white.
Bring a towel and a change of clothes.


    Women
Wear what you are going to be baptized in to the church.
Wear clothing that can get wet. Long shorts are acceptable; a shirt must be worn.
Please do not wear white.
Bring a towel and a change of clothes.


Parents
It is important that your child understands the purpose of Water Baptism; therefore we suggest that your child be over the age of 6 years old.


Date and Time

Check our Events Page for future dates.