Welcome to Southpoint!
We’re glad you’re here. We want you to know that since 1992 Southpoint has been a place where you can feel welcome just as you are.
I hope your experience at Southpoint will help you… challenge you… inspire you… encourage you… strengthen you … disturb you and move you to action. God has entrusted the local church with carrying the life-changing message and ministry of Jesus Christ. There’s nothing else like it when it’s working as God intended.
We’re striving to be the kind of church described in the Bible — with engaging teaching, authentic worship, sincere friendships, heartfelt prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. But let me warn you: we don’t pretend to have it all together. We’re just regular people in the process of discovering God’s purposes for our lives and learning to live a life like Jesus talked about.
You don’t have to know anything about Christianity or the Bible in order to feel at home here. Our doors and hearts are open to people from all backgrounds regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.
If you’re new to Southpoint, feel free to check out our Next Steps.
At Southpoint, everything we do revolves around 3Cs: Committed, Connecting, and Contributing.
These are 3 key experiences that everyone needs to become more than just a good person—or even a church-going religious person. We want more than that — to become a genuine Christ follower.
Need to find peace with God? Spiritually restless? Done things you need forgiveness for? Struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups? Do you wonder, “What can I do to become a better person?” Need wisdom for making good decisions?
We gather each weekend for a unique and creative worship experience to focus on God and get closer to Him — it reminds us that life isn’t all about “ME”. It’s bigger than that. And as we pray, learn and love God together, we’re changed.
Are you trying to go-it-alone, or are you experiencing real community? Does anybody care about you? Are your kids making positive friendships? We grow spiritually and learn what it means to love each other when we get together in a variety of small groups called C-Groups!
Do you have a cause worth living for? Worth dying for? Does life have purpose? Want to meet needs and make a difference? God has given you talents, skills, passions, and resources He wants you to put to use for the good of others, and change the world. There is meaning and joy in serving God by serving people.
If you’re looking to go further in your walk, we want to be able to help you!
We have three one-session-each classes that help you learn the basics of becoming 3C. Start with “Introducing the Church” and get to know who we are, what we stand for, and how we’re trying to win Downriver for Christ. Then go on to “Increasing Your Faith” or “Impacting The World” when you’re ready. See upcoming dates and register at this link.
In the New Testament church, baptism carries great meaning. It’s never referred to as merely a sacrament or symbol. Nor is it tied to joining a specific local congregation. Rather it is part of making disciples. It does not grant salvation, but is more properly referenced as the normal occasion or culminating act of receiving the promises of salvation.
- Jesus taught and modeled it, and Christians in the early church in the book of Acts did it (Matthew 28:19-20)
- It identifies us with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-6)
- It is a mark of unity (1 Corinthians 12:13)
When are you ready?
When you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, and decided to become His follower. There’s no cause for delay — the sooner, the better [Acts 2:41, 8:36, 22:16]. Baptism is taken seriously yet it is a time of great joy as you begin your new life in Christ.
Dedication or Baptism?
Baptism is for those old enough to believe and understand its significance (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12; 16:14, 31-34, 18:8). There is no command for, or record of infant baptism in Scripture (Mark 10:14).
Since infants and young children are incapable of understanding the message of salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross, we offer dedication instead. Dedication is as much about the parents as it is the child. When parents or guardians dedicate their children, they’re making a commitment before God to raise their children in a Christian home. This means they will do everything necessary to protect their children from situations and influences that are not God honoring. Also, they will instruct and train them from the Bible on how to live a life pleasing to God and guide them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. (Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Ephesians 6:4)
We practice immersion in water since it expresses the biblical model and is the correct translation of the Greek word [baptizo]. Jesus went down into the water of the Jordan River [Matthew 3:16], and the Ethiopian went down into water as well [Acts 8:38-39]. It represents a death, burial and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-6, Col. 2:12).
If you were baptized by some other form than immersion, you will be asked to follow the New Testament model and be immersed. It is not a judgment on your salvation or your heart, but an act of informed obedience and sincerity in wanting to do what Jesus asked.
During weekend experiences at the conclusion of the message, go to the front of the platform to meet with a leader, or go there at the conclusion of a Weekend Experience. Or arrange an appointment for any day of the week by calling the church office. You’re welcome to invite anyone you’d like to witness your baptism.
You can bring your own towel, and be baptized in your own clothes (t-shirt, shorts, swim trunks); clothes and towel are available at church as well. You may opt to wear a baptism robe over your clothes.
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But what do we believe?
Though not part of a denomination, our church is part of a fellowship of independent churches within Christianity, known as the Restoration Movement, with the conviction that a divided Christianity is hampered in bringing the world to Christ, which is the Great Commission He gave us.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.”
The Bible serves as our only authority in matters of faith and practice. Only that which is expressly taught in the Scriptures can be made conditions of fellowship and obligation. While we do not hesitate to teach sound doctrine, and the “whole will of God” (Titus 2:1, Acts 20:27), we have no formal man-made creed to which members are required to subscribe.
Because we seek to restore the unity of the early church, we do no take “official” positions on many of the issues that tend to divide Christians unnecessarily. In disputable areas where we hold convictions that cause disagreement, we are free to do so graciously (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22; 1 Corinthians 13:2).
Why we do what we do?
We desire to be an Acts 2 community of faith. We believe the first Christians in Acts 2:42-47 provide a vision of what it means to be a church that is pleasing to God, spiritually transformative, and attractive to the world. They were radically committed to God, lovingly connected to one another, and sacrificially contributing whatever it took to bring the world to Christ, even at the cost of their lives because of what’s at stake — eternity.