We’re so glad you are interested in exploring Christianity. Below we have assembled some next steps we think are the most helpful.
Starting Point is designed for people who are curious about God, have a new relationship with Jesus Christ, or are returning to church after being away for a while.
You’ll find yourself in the company of people who have questions just like you do. And, we hope, you’ll feel deeply welcomed.
Starting Point happens over 8 sessions. Each session lasts for 75 minutes. There are 2–4 leaders and 8–12 group members.
Groups meet on a Sunday at the church. The Starting Point Participant Guide costs R100 (cost price).
Fill out this form to register for the next Starting Point.
Like the name suggests, Starting Point is a great place to start.
So you want to get to know God. But how? Great question.
Start praying (talk to God and approach him in Jesus’ name... God hears you... really!).
But prayer really comes alive when you pair it with reading your Bible.
You can’t have a close relationship with someone you never talk to. It’s impossible. God’s word—the Bible—is the primary way He speaks to us. And it’s the absolute best way to discover how to follow Jesus on a daily basis. If you want to know more about God and His promises, reading the Bible is your next step.
You can download the YouVersion bible app for free for your phone or tablet.
Then start reading. 10 minutes a day.
If you want more background on reading the Bible, where it came from and frequently asked question, this series of 60 second videos can be tremendously helpful.
You probably have an opinion about Jesus. Maybe you think He’s a great teacher or a prophet. Maybe you think He didn’t exist at all. Whatever you believe, we can probably agree that Jesus changed things.
We believe He wants to change you too, and that he’s paved the way back to God for you.
Jesus himself said:
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.
No matter who you are, what you’ve done, no matter where you were born or the colour of your skin, Jesus is the way for you to have a relationship with God. Everybody’s invited. Everybody’s included. Everybody’s important.
If you think you’re an exception to the rule, you’re wrong. Jesus loves you. Yes...you.
So how do you actually become a Christian?
You just have to take a few simple steps.
Look at what the scriptures say:
If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,‘ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Confess with your mouth. Believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord...that God raised him from the dead, and your sins are forgiven and your relationship with God is begun. Do that, and you’re a Christian.
But you’re probably thinking, “Don’t I have to be a better person first?”
No, you don’t. You don’t change in order to gain God’s love, you change because you’ve experienced His love.
When you trust Jesus as your Saviour, you walk into the fullness of God’s love. Gradually, over time, God’s love changes you as you follow Jesus. You change because you’re loved, not in order to be loved.
Through His death on the cross, and then coming back from the dead, Jesus took all of your wrong and gave you all of His right.
If you believe that, and commit to following Him, your life will never be the same. It’s as simple as repenting of your sin, declaring you want to follow Jesus, and believing He is who He says He is.
Believing in Jesus is the first step on the greatest journey of your life. You haven’t finished the race—you’ve just gotten started.
Have you trusted Jesus with your life? If so, let us know!
Baptism is something Christians have been doing for thousands of years to symbolize their faith in Christ.
Baptism is a public declaration of a new association.
Even if you were baptised as an infant, we’ll baptise you again because this time it’s your choice.
To get baptised at Southpoint Church, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.