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
After being a guest at WCPC, you may ask: “How do I make WCPC my home church?”
The path to joining WCPC begins with Explore WCPC. This four week Middle Hour offering is an opportunity to hear about the beliefs, values, and practices of WCPC. Led by multiple members of our staff, it is a great way to get to know us, while also meeting other people who are exploring WCPC. Check out the Events page on our website to find the next session of Explore WCPC.
After completing Explore WCPC, the next step towards membership is the Spiritual Autobiography. This simple online form is a way to share some of your story and spiritual history with us.
Once the Spiritual Autobiography is completed, we will arrange an appointment with an elder from WCPC. 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. These meetings are a safe place to ask any and all of your questions.
Finally, 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.
“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.”