We are so glad that you have found our church. It would be our delight to help you get more connected as we grow closer to our Lord Jesus Christ together. How can you grow with us?
BE UNITED TO CHRIST
The gospel (the good news about Jesus) is the only message that has the power to save a person's soul (Romans 1:16). A person cannot grow in any of the ways listed below unless they first hear and believe the gospel. Paul summarizes the gospel succinctly this way in 1 Cor. 15:3-4, "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?
If you don't know the gospel, we would love to share it with you. At any time you can connect with our pastors and they would be delighted to explain the good news. Next time you are at RGF, please ask us about the gospel and we will discuss it with you and give you a Bible and a free book that explains how God has provided a way of salvation. You can dive in right now by listening to this sermon which explains the gospel as it is presented from Genesis to Revelation.
BE CONFORMED INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST
After a person has experienced the transforming work of God's saving grace, then they can begin to grow. Romans 8:29 teaches us that God's purpose in saving us is that we would be "conformed to the image of His Son." This is a process called sanctification.
Romans 12:2 shows us that we must renew our minds in order to be transformed. This happens by being saturated with the Word of God. Good sermons, books, and podcasts are very helpful. But there is no substitute for communing with the Lord in daily prayer and Bible reading. If you need help getting started, consider joining us in our church reading plan. Or if you would prefer, you can find several excellent Bible reading plans on biblegateway.com.
BE UNITED TO CHRIST'S BODY
We are called to seek the Lord as individuals. The church is also called to do this together as a body. The New Testament uses the phrase "one another" 100 times to show us how we can help one another follow Jesus. To name a few: "Love one another." (John 13:34) "Bear one another's burdens." (Galatians 6:2) "Encourage one another." (1 Timothy 5:11) "Be hospitable to one another." (1 Peter 4:9)
The Bible never entertains the concept of a Christian who is isolated from a local congregation. He designed us to work together as we link arms and march toward heaven. Here are a few ways that you do just that.
Both Jesus and Paul pointed us to church membership in order to encourage, protect, and instruct us. At RGF, only members are permitted to serve in any ministry roles. If you are interested in membership, you can learn more here.
Community Groups are small groups that gather in homes to experience and enjoy deeper biblical fellowship and spur each other on to loving the community of faith and engaging our mission on Long Island.
Our spring conference, "Growing in Grace," and our fall conference, "Rooted in Christ," are designed to help Christians understand that all theology is profoundly practical, and living our lives well depends on solid theology.
There are many other ways to grow with us. But the first step is to simply come visit!