Welcome to Southpoint!
I’m glad you’re here. I 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.
At Southpoint, 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, Connected, 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 take another step on your spiritual journey, 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).
What were the essential, unifying beliefs of the early church? The Apostle Paul outlines the foundations of our “oneness”: Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:3-6
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. – Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
If I have…all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:2
…speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. – Ephesians 4:15
We believe in one righteous, loving God in three persons, and that Jesus is God’s Son and Christ. (Matthew 16:16, 28:18-20)
One Father – He is our Creator, Ruler and Provider, who has revealed Himself and His will in His authoritative Word—the Bible.
One Lord – Jesus is God, the Son—fully divine and fully human. He is the sinless Christ (the Messiah sent to be Savior), who died for our sins and rose from the dead, resulting in humanity’s salvation, and now reigns from heaven as our mediator.
One Spirit – The Holy Spirit is God drawing sinners to Christ, living in the Christian to produce Christ-like character, and empowering us for service.
We believe that everyone chooses to rebel against God, and needs forgiveness of sins and eternal life which comes through trust in Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, Acts 2:38)
One Faith – Disobedience to God’s laws result in spiritual and eternal separation from God. The Gospel is the Good News of salvation offered by grace, received through faith, demonstrated in repentance and baptism, and lived out with the evidence of holiness and good works.
One Baptism – The biblical occasion of immersion in water for identifying believers with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.
We believe that Christ is the head of the church which is His representation in the world today, and is composed of all who have experienced salvation. (John 17:20-21, Acts 2, Romans 7:4, 1 Corinthians 1:2-10)
One Body – The Church is the Body of Christ, whose members live under the New Covenant, gather to worship and build up one another, and carry out His mission to make disciples.
One Hope – Jesus Christ will one day return to resurrect and judge the dead, and the Church will enjoy His presence forever.
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.