Pastoral Care

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Baby Dedications

Contact the church office (480.515.4673) if you wish to have your child dedicated.

It might be wise, but not necessary for a parent to “officially” dedicate their child to the Lord in a public service. That is between the parents and God.

We recommend that parents take their children to Sunday School and church on a weekly basis and that parents strive to have a Christian home where each parent is a believer in Jesus Christ, a student of the Bible and a man or woman of prayer. No religious leader or religious ordinance or sacrament can make a child right with God. Only his or her faith in Jesus Christ can save them when they are of age.

Having a newborn baby is a life-changing experience. That baby is a living eternal soul. Thus it is an awesome responsibility a mom and dad face in preparing that child for this life and for the one to come.

Having a baby seems to bring people closer to God, at least for a little while. A sense of awe and wonder that can’t be described often accompanies a parents concerns for what is best for the child. Also mixed into a number of different emotions is the fear of God and a concern that the child be right with God and ready to meet him. Many religions offer baby “baptism” to parents as a practice that is believed by some to wash away original sin and make the baby a part of the family of God. This then relieves that parents fears.

Other religions do not “baptize” babies but offer child dedication services for parents to publicly set the child aside to God and dedicate themselves as parents to bring up the child to know the Lord as soon as the child is old enough to make that decision.

Because baby “baptism” and baby dedication are different, and religions are different, this emotional issue can become quite charged and divisive between family members of different religions. Often it is impossible to reconcile what parents want and in-laws want. One or the other is sure to get offended if their way is not followed. In the light of this let us turn to the Bible, God’s own Holy Word, and see what He says about this subject.

Baby Dedication (Implied In The Scriptures)

Luke 2: 21-22

 21On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise Him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.  22When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

Mary presented Jesus, her first-born son to the Lord in Jerusalem. Jesus was not baptized until He was 30 years old, but was presented when he was 40 days old.   Hannah, the mother of Samuel dedicated her son to the Lord in this story:

1 Samuel 1:24-28

 24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. 25 When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him. 28 So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.

Every parent should realize that children are a heritage from the Lord. They are a reward from God.

Psalm 127:3, “Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

It might be wise, but not necessary for a parent to “officially” dedicate their child to the Lord in a public service. That is between the parents and God.

The leadership of North Ridge Community Church recommends that parents take their children to Sunday School and church on a weekly basis (don’t send them, take them). The leadership also recommends that parents strive to have a Christian home where each parent is a believer in Jesus Christ, a student of the Bible and a man or woman of prayer. No religious leader or religious ordinance or sacrament can make a child right with God. Only his or her faith in Jesus Christ can save them when they are of age.

Parents should not fear for the child, but for themselves that they will live a good example and testimony before their children while they are growing up so that child will not be turned off by hypocrisy.

Baptism

Jesus instructs his followers to make a public declaration of their personal faith in Him by being baptized. Baptism has nothing to do with one’s eternal destination (Eph. 2:8,9), it’s simply the biblical way to announce to the world that you’re a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and because of that we can do nothing to earn a place in heaven. Baptism is an outward expression of one’s inner faith.

When a follower of Jesus Christ decides to be baptized, he or she is actually deciding to be obedient to Christ’s command. In the Bible we read of people who meet Jesus, repent of their sins, and then get baptized (Acts 8).

North Ridge believes that baptism is reserved for those who are old enough to recognize their sinfulness and their need for Jesus’ forgiveness.

How about babies being baptized?

Some denominations baptize babies, but other groups teach that baptism is only for those who are old enough to make a personal choice based on their own faith and repentance. Does the Bible authorize infant baptism or does it teach personal responsibility and individual accountability? Are infants born guilty of original sin and inherited depravity? What does the gospel of Jesus Christ teach?

None of ” says there were babies in this household? Note that Stephanas’ house ministered to the saints. Again, people who are baptized must be old enough to be active in God’s work as members of the church. This does not include babies.

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BAPTISM FAQs

Follow the example of Jesus

Mk. 1:9 – 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Jesus commanded it
Matt. 28:19-20 – 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

It gives the believer an opportunity to declare his/her faith in Christ

Acts 18:8 – 18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.

It illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection

Col. 2:12 – 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

It illustrates his/her new life in Christ

2 Cor. 5:17 – 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Jesus was immersed in the Jordon River

Matt. 3:16 – 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
Every recorded baptism in the Bible was by immersion
The English word “baptism” is derived from the Greek work “baptize” which means “to dip, immerse”.

No. Baptism is an outward decoration of one’s inner faith in Christ.

Eph. 2:8-9 – 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Rom. 10:9-10 – 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
1 Pet. 1:18-19 – 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Every person who personally has received the free gift of Eternal Life through Jesus Christ

Acts 2:41 – 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Sometimes People delay being baptized because they think they must first become perfect (or at least better). There are many examples in the Bible of people who were baptized immediately after responding to the Gospel and receiving Christ as their Savior.

Acts 2:41 – 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Acts 8:12 – 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 16: 30-33 – 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.
Acts 18:18 – 18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.

Pre Marriage Counseling & Weddings

Weddings

pastor-wedding-ceremonyThere are very few days as special as your wedding day. Decisions on when and where are just two of many important decisions you’ll have to make. That’s why we’d like to help in any way we can. Whether you’re a regular attendee of North Ridge or not, there are several ways we can assist you:

  1. Use of our worship center for the actual wedding ceremony
  2. Use of the Ridge Cafe for the ceremony and/or the wedding reception
  3. Personality tests and pre-marital counseling from one of the North Ridge pastors
  4. And a licensed minister to officiate the ceremony (whether on campus at North Ridge or else where).

Contact / More Information

For information on our facility availabilities and building rental fees, contact Jamie Curley.

For information on premarital counseling or looking for a minister to officate your wedding, contact the church office (480.515.4673)

Membership to North Ridge is not a necessary prerequisite for any of the above services.

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Funerals and Memorials

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In the time of need, North Ridge Community Church can help in several different ways. Life feels impossible when a family loses a loved one to death. No matter his or her age, death and permanent loss is always hard.

We believe we can help you and your family in several ways:

1. We’re here to listen. If you’re going through this alone, don’t. Please contact us so we can have a chance to sit down with you and listen to you. Whether it be a pastor or one of our compassionate members, someone is here to listen.

2. We’re here to help with the memorial service. It does not matter if you’re a regular attender of North Ridge or you’ve never even been here. If we can help you, we want to. Creating an atmosphere of celebration of one’s life is so important. We’ll help you celebrate your loved one’s life in a personal and sensitive manner. To make the service as personal as we can, we’ll ask for as much information as you are willing to give us. The form we use to help us make the memorial personal can be viewed here.

3. We have groups waiting for you to jump into. We have support groups who meet often for anyone and everyone going through the grief attached to losing a loved one. Contact us for current information on when, where, and how often. The groups are free of charge and its members do not have to be associated with the church at all to join.

Contact / More Information

Contact the church office 480-515-4673 for more information.

If it’s just prayer you’re needing right now simply click here to submit your needs to our pastors and others who prayer daily for needs like yours.

We’ll do whatever we can to help you and your family. Just let us know how.

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Pastoral Counsel

Contact the Church 480.515.4673

Pastor Dan King is willing to meet with individuals, couples and families seeking prayer, recovery, reconciliation and healing.  Please contact the church for an appointment. Pastor Mike Burnidge no longer counsels individuals, couples or families.

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