At RBC, we believe God wants everyone to be connected to God, God's people and God's purpose. Once a week we take a look at the ways we can connect to God. Here you might find a devotional, a Bible reading plan, a testimony, or an article about connecting to God. Our hope and prayer is that in some small way these weekly posts will help you in your walk with Christ. Enjoy!
Roseville Baptist Church invites anyone that will, to be connected to God, through Jesus Christ. That is the first requirement or church membership at RBC. To be a member, one first must be a born again Christian. This means that they have repented from their sin and trusted in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for salvation. After salvation, the next requirement is baptism. Baptism is an outward sign of the inward transformation that takes place when a sinner trusts in Christ for salvation. The act of baptism in water does not save individuals from sin. Rather, baptism is a public demonstration of the salvation that has already taken place in the life of the believer. In addition to salvation and baptism, our members take a new member class and sign a covenant. The class gives information about our church and our beliefs as well as explains what it looks like for someone to be connected to God, God's people and God's purpose. Today we will look at the part of the covenant agreement that explains what it looks like to be connected to God.
I will seek to connect to God…
None of us are perfect and none of us can do these things perfectly. However, through the grace of God and by the power of God, we can seek to do the following...
by spending time daily in the scriptures
God's word, both the New and Old Testament, is the primary way He communicates to us. As a born again believer, His word gives us everything we need to live for Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17). When we take our Bible and read it daily and meditate on it deeply, God instructs us. The Word of God is how God will increase our faith (Romans 10:17), renew our minds (Proverbs 2:6) and change our lives (John 17:17). In these ways, and may more, God's Word connects us to Him.
by spending regular time in prayer
If God's Word is the primary way He talks to us, prayer is the primary way we talk to Him. The Bible tells us to pray for forgiveness, provision, protection (Matthew 6:9-13), wisdom (James 1:5), people (1 Timothy 2:1-4) and for healing (James 5:13-18). In fact, God tells us to pray about all things in all ways (Philippians 4:6) and at all times (1 Thessalonians 5:17). God wants us to stay connected to Him by talking to Him about everything.
by participating in church services faithfully
Reading the Bible and praying is something we need to do individually connect to God. Additionally, God also connects to us through others. Ephesians 4:9-16 tells us that God gives us leaders in the church to helps us connect to God. In community with other believers we receive encouragement (Hebrews 10:25) and instruction (Hebrews 13:7). We also can gather in the name of Jesus to praise His name (Colossians 3:16) and have intimate fellowship with Him (Matthew 18:20).
by living out a godly testimony
Living out a godly testimony isn't as much about connecting to God as much as it is about the evidence that one is already connected to God. Being connected to God gives is godly character (Galatians 5:22-23; John 15:5). Our old life passes away and a new life in Christ begins (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are literally changed. A godly testimony is proves an individual is connected to God.
by seeking regular accountability
Accountability doesn't connect us to God. Instead, accountability is one way God uses others Christians to help us stay connected to Him. If a Christ follower wants to have a healthy and consistent connection with God, they need to seek regular accountability. Here are a few Scriptures about holding each other accountable:
Luke 17:3-4; Hebrews 10:24; Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 5:21; Hebrews 13:17; Proverbs 27:5-6.