Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become saved?
The ABC’s of becoming a Christian are:
- Admit that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)
- Believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, and was raised on the third day and seated at the right hand of the Father. (Romans 5:8)
- Confess your sins to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins and be the Lord of your life. (1 John 1:9)
Once you have accepted Christ, you will want to be baptized. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision. It demonstrates to the Christian community that you have made the decision to follow Christ.
Baptism- Why should I be baptized?
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. We baptize in obedience to the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20.
What is The Lord's Supper (or Communion)?
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. We partake in Communion in obedience to the instructions of Jesus in Luke 22:19-20. At Valley View Southern Baptist Church, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the end of the service on the first Sunday of every month. This is a personal choice. Other churches may hold the Lord’s Supper at other times. You do not have to be a member of our church to partake in communion with us. Our philosophy is: If you’re welcome at the table in the Kingdom of Heaven, you are welcome at our table too.
Membership- How do I become a member?
If you are interested in becoming a member of Valley View Southern Baptist Church, please talk to the pastor. He will want to find out if you understand the Gospel, have accepted Christ as your Savior, and whether you have been baptized. If you have not already been baptized, upon request, the pastor will baptize you before admitting you to membership. From there, the process for joining the church will be for you to come forward at the end of the service, during the invitation, and inform the pastor that you are ready to join the church. He will then announce your interest in joining to the congregation so that we can all rejoice together. Any person professing faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior may be admitted to membership in our church by one of three means: profession of faith and baptism, letter from a church of like faith and order, or by statement only, provided that a letter from a previous church is legitimately unobtainable.
What Are Our Ministries?
Our church has one staff member, the pastor, and up to three deacons who assist the pastor in ministering to the body. Outside of the pastor’s role, all of the needs of the church are met by the church body itself. In order to take on any leadership role within the church, one is expected to first become a member. There are many peripheral tasks that often need to be done around the church which do not require membership, such as preparing meals, helping with dishes, yard work or tidying up around the church. You may ask the pastor, deacons, or any member of the church what ministry opportunities are available at this time. Let us know if you have any special gifts, talents, or areas of ministry in which you have an interest.
The ministries of our church consist of Deacons, Ushers, Teachers (adults and children), Music, the Finance Committee, church organizational roles and the Fellowship Committee. Membership is required to be a part of the leadership of any of these ministries. To learn more about the ministries of the church and how they operate, you may ask to see a copy of our Church Constitution and ByLaws.