What’s YOUR Next Step?
In Week 8, Andy Stanley introduced the idea of the church, an ekklesia, or gathering of people for a specific purpose. Area 10 exists to help the people of metro Richmond learn to love God, love people, and love the city beyond reason. We do that when we gather together to worship, serve and disciple each other.
You were asked to consider what your next steps should be. Here, we’re looking at Area 10 specifically, and how we can help you take those next steps of growing your faith. Everyone is at a different point in their faith journey, so each person’s next step will look different. Here are some possible next steps that you can take at Area 10 and how we, as a community, can help each other continue to grow.
Next steps can look like, forgiving people in your life and sharing grace, exploring Jesus more, regularly attending church, reading the Bible, getting baptized, serving in the community, serving in the church, etc. Below we talk in more detail about some of these steps and what they look like at Area 10. Maybe you want to talk with your Starting Point leader more about your next steps, schedule a time to get together to talk more. Check out this page and complete the NEXT STEPS FORM AND EVALUATION and we will follow up with you.
If you’ve decided to follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you’re ready to be baptized.
- You accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- You share in His death and resurrection, by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
- You’re symbolically washed clean, and your sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience and demonstrates submission to God. We immerse because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in him.
If you're ready to be baptized, fill out the questionnaire at the bottom of our baptism page.
BECOME A PARTNER
To be a partner (member) of Area 10 is to publicly promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of this local church. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every believer is part of the church, when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can someone be part of the church as an organization. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship and church membership are all relationships of accountability.
This isn’t like membership in a social club or civic organization. In those settings, members are most often consumers — the organization exists to serve them. The church of Christ is a completely different community — membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to partnering to provide God’s love and care to others. Partners at Area 10 commit that we’re a church not for ourselves, but for others.
Our Partner Covenant states:
I will gather with others at A10 to worship Jesus on a weekly basis.
I will practice spiritual disciplines regularly, to help me know and become like Jesus.
I will pursue relationships on a regular basis to help me know and become like Jesus.
I will make every effort to be part of an Area 10 small group so I can connect with others and grow in my faith.
I will be on a serving team at A10 in the area of: ______
I will serve people outside of Area 10 Faith Community.
I will give generously and sacrificially of my financial resources.
If you're ready to become a Partner at Area 10, sign up for our next Partnership Class.
COMMUNITY AT AREA 10
Since creation, God has reminded us that it is not good for us to be alone. We were made for community. We may gather on Sunday mornings at The Byrd to worship, which is great, but that isn’t community. The Bible has over 50 verses about how we live in community, they’re known as the “one anothers.” From bearing one another’s burdens to encouraging one another, we need to actually know and be known to live these out. At Area 10 we know Small Groups are a great way to connect to community and grow in your faith. Through studying biblical truths and discussing how to apply them to our lives.
Check out Small Groups here.
Area 10 believes that when people choose to serve, whether in church, the city, or around the world, the impact of that service will change lives—for those serving, for the people they serve, and even for those who see them giving their time to help someone else. We don’t ask people to serve because we want to add another task to someone’s schedule or we need “workers.” Area 10 invites people to serve because we know in serving, our faith grows and our community is impacted.
In our local community and our world, we want to be known for our extraordinary generosity — both time and money. We do this locally by keeping consistent partnerships with public schools and a range of non-profits throughout the year. Our Engage Team stays in on-going conversations with these organizations in order to learn of their needs, so we can combine efforts to positively impact Richmond. A10 Global partners internationally in Haiti and Vietnam to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in those communities.
It takes almost 300 team members to make Church at The Byrd happen. Our needs are as diverse as the people who attend our services. Everyone has different gifts, talents and experiences and we want to help people find the right fit. Different areas opportunities include:
Experience - providing the worship experience on Sunday mornings.
Frontline - creating a welcoming atmosphere and information for attenders on Sunday mornings
Engage - coordinating community partnerships
A10 Kids - creating a safe and engaging experience for kids to learn about God and resources and experiences to help parents continue the conversations and learning at home.
A10 Global - planning and executing team mission trips to support our partners in Haiti and Vietnam.
You can learn more about serving HERE.
For some people, the next step is to explore Christianity more, or to begin to study the Bible or learn about spiritual disciplines, etc. We have provided a list of resources that you may find helpful. Just go to the links at the bottom of the page.
All of the “next steps” mentioned above have a first step, and that’s signing up to be baptized, join a small group, take a partnership class, serve, etc. Be sure you filled out the form at the top of the page and someone from A10 will follow up.