How to Know God
Knowing God begins with an ongoing and ever-deepening relationship with Jesus.
How to Follow Jesus
Churches often use the word, Gospel, which can sound like a strange word. It actually means “good news,” making it different from other religious messages, which are often framed as “good advice.” The good news is that while we are so lost and broken and cannot find God or fix ourselves, God has come to find and rescue us. God came through the person of Jesus of Nazareth. This arrival is what Christian’s call the incarnation–God becoming fully human. While leading an ordinary human life, Jesus’ life was distinguished by the startling fact he never did anything wrong, keeping God’s laws (patterns for living well) and transferring all of the credit for doing so to us!
In addition to giving us the credit for his perfect life, Jesus went further and willingly took the punishment that was due to us for our imperfect, rebellious lives. Dying on the cross, he forgave those who were killing him. When he rose from the dead, Jesus demonstrated that death had no hold on him, nor on any who entrust their lives and souls to him.
Being reunited with God, therefore, doesn’t depend on our own efforts, or even the strength and sincerity of our faith. It is not the quality of our faith that saves us, but the quality of the One in whom we put our faith: Jesus.
The power of this free grace and acceptance into the family of God has a transformative effect in the life of any true Christian. Our obedience and “good deeds” become truly good for the first time, as they are motivated by gratitude, rather than done to accrue “good behavior credit” with God. And this gratitude sparks generosity and joy!
And, our lives are infused with deeper meaning and grander purpose because Jesus beckons us to follow him in a life oriented to God’s biggest dream of making all things new.
You might be asking, “Where do I go from here?” Possessing a mere fascination about Jesus isn’t enough to fulfill, nor will it enact his life-altering work. Curiosity is good, but it should drive fervent searching. This can be done by reading God’s Word, perhaps start with the Gospel of Mark (the shortest of four Gospels that tells the story of Jesus’ life), and getting plugged into a community group at WCPC. Here you will meet others who will be personally invested in your growth, and are also on respective journeys with God.
We couldn’t be more thrilled that you’re ready to begin exploring the implication of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We’d love to talk with you about your journey and get you connected with people who care about you, whether that’s here at WCPC or elsewhere.
*Thanks to Tim Keller for writing so beautifully on this topic.
Baptism and Membership
The many guests that visit us have varied faith journeys. Some, after childhood, just sort of drifted away from church. Others had bad, even wounding, experiences and are only now tiptoeing back to church. Some grew up secular or non-religious, and are finding themselves curious about God in general and perhaps Christianity in particular. Others are devoted Jesus’ followers who are new to the area and seeking to find a church family. All are welcome!
After being a guest at WCPC, you may ask: “How do I make WCPC my home church?”
First, begin by joining a Connect Group. Our Connect Groups start every first Sunday of the month. They take place onsite during the middle hour (from 10:15 to 10:55) between our worship services. The Connect Group typically consists of 6 to 8 people who are also new to our church, a facilitator and one of our pastors. In these groups you’ll learn more about who we are as church, what we believe, and how we seek to live our lives as followers of Jesus. These groups run for four weeks.
Second, in the fourth and final Connect Group you’ll learn about a lunchtime conversation that we hold quarterly entitled, “Belonging: On Baptism and Membership at WCPC.” That class starts at 12:15 and runs until 2:15 with lunch provided. This conversation delves more deeply into our theology–what we believe and how we practice. As well, you will learn about baptism and membership.
Third, if you are considering becoming a family member at WCPC, whether that be through baptism as a new Christian or through transferring from another church, we welcome you to sign up for an appointment with a WCPC pastor and elder. These appointments last around 45 minutes and are wonderful opportunities for us to get to know you as you share your faith journey, and for you to get to know us as it is a safe place to ask any and all of your questions.
Fourth, if you decide to become a family member of WCPC you’ll select any first Sunday of the month, and we will invite you forward in the worship service to affirm our membership vows. Then, we will baptize you or simply acknowledge your baptism if you are coming from another church.
Director of Connection
“I love how God shows us different angles of his character through community. I believe that deep, long-lasting healing and growth happens through Christ in community. At the same time, I know what it means to feel like I don’t belong. These experiences have ignited my heart for the outsider, the newcomer, the stranger. Let me save a seat for you? ”
“I am passionate about helping the local church to love God, love one another, and love our neighbors. I wrestled through my own faith journey in college and this has cultivated within me a desire to help people consider Jesus, whether they be mildly curious or deeply skeptical.”