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The Way: Becoming a Christian … or Renewing Your Faith

The Way: Becoming a Christian … or Renewing Your Faith
Published by Josh Hosler on Mon, Oct 10, 2022 9:37 AM
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A small-group growth experience for all followers of Christ

Before we were called Christians, we were called followers of “The Way”—a way that led through death to Resurrection, as modeled by Jesus Christ. Followers of The Way were initiated into this new, transformed life through baptism. At Good Shepherd, we use the term The Way to refer to a process that leads toward baptism or some form of reaffirmation of baptismal vows. Everyone is invited!

Baptism: Wet, anointed, and burning with the flame of Christ’s love

Why be baptized? It’s what makes you a Christian. You can be a believer before baptism, but being baptized means committing to find your place in the community of Christians all over the world. If you’ve never been baptized in any Christian denomination, perhaps now is the time. 

Confirmation: Affirming vows made on your behalf when you were young

Why be confirmed? Baptism makes you a full member of the faith. But confirmation shows that you recognize for yourself that you are part of the Body of Christ and take responsibility for your own relationship with God. If you have made an adult affirmation of faith in another denomination, you are already considered to be confirmed. In that case, read about … 

Reception: Grounding yourself in the Episcopal Church

Why be received? To be a member of Good Shepherd, all we need to know is that you’re baptized and want to be considered a member. But perhaps you feel a call to make public that the Episcopal Church is now your home base. Some leadership positions also require confirmation or reception as an Episcopalian. 

Reaffirmation: Saying “yes” to God yet again

Why reaffirm? This option is available for everyone else, including sponsors of those going through other rites. Some people feel a call to reaffirm their baptismal vows, especially when they have been through a big change in life. You can reaffirm your baptismal vows anytime you like and as many times as you like, right alongside those who are undergoing these other rites.

Questions? Contact Pastor Josh.

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