Salvation 
The purpose of Pleasant Hill is to Lead Generations To Love and Live for Jesus! This journey begins when you know that God loves you and has a plan for your life! Many people spend their lives trying to earn God’s approval by following rules, attending religious services, or being a good person; the truth is that the only way to a fulfilling life and an eternal future in heaven is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
1) God loves you: Because of God’s love for everyone, He desires that you have a vibrant relationship with Him. (John 3:16Ephesians 2:4-5)
 
2) You are a sinner: All of us are sinners. Sin is disobedience and rebellion toward God. (Isaiah 53:6Romans 3:10)
 
3) Sin separates you from God: Sin keeps you from entering into unbroken fellowship with God, Who is holy. As an
unholy sinner, you can’t have fellowship with God. You are headed for a hopeless eternity of punishment and separation from God that the Bible calls Hell. (Isaiah 59:2Romans 3:23)
 
4) You can’t save yourself: People often think that through their efforts they can compensate for the guilt of their sin and fix their relationship with God.That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9Titus 3:5Romans 4:4-5)
 
5) God sent His son Jesus to give you forgiveness: What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Although your sin and guilt has caused broken relationship with God, the Good News is that Jesus died on the cross for you and then rose from the dead to restore that broken relationship. By taking your punishment on Himself, Jesus made a way for relationship with God. (1 Peter 2:23Romans 5:82 Corinthians 5:21Romans 10:9)
 
6) You can receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus: Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to put you in right relationship with God, allowing Him to live His life through you. Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to turn away from sin. (John 14:6; Acts 16:31Romans 10:9-10)
 
7) Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ: Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Commit yourself to live for Him.
 
** If you would like to talk with someone about salvation or you have prayed to receive salvation email stacy@phbcgainesville.com.
 
Baptism 
Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but is the first step of faith for believers. the baptismal waters don’t save anyone. It is Jesus that does that. Baptism is a picture of the life change that Jesus does in a person’s heart and life. Baptism is a visible illustration of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). It shows our new life as a follower of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Baptism doesn’t make you a believer… it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t save you’ Jesus does!
 Baptism is like a wedding ring, symbolizing a relationship rather than forming that relationship. We follow Jesus’ example in baptism. He was baptized (Mark 1:9), and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).
At Pleasant Hill, we baptize by immersion. That’s the example we see throughout Scripture, and is the basis for the meaning of the word “baptize,” which means to immerse (or dip under) in water. If you’re a believer, you should be baptized. It doesn’t matter if you were saved 20 years ago or just last week… it’s time to take the next step in your faith journey.
 
** If you would like to talk with someone about baptism please email stacy@phbcgainesville.com.
 
Church Membership  
Becoming a member of a church is a way that we identify with other people who have committed themselves to living as a follower of Jesus. It is a mutual commitment of a believer to a lifetime of learning and growing in our relationships with God and with one another. It is also a commitment of the church family to being a part of that believer’s spiritual journey. Being a part of the church is a way that we witness to our faith in God and open ourselves to relationships that only Christian community can offer.

 

How to become a member at Pleasant Hill?

By profession of faith in Christ and baptism by immersion
By presenting oneself as a believer who needs to be scripturally baptized
By letter from a Southern Baptist Church
By statement of faith in Jesus Christ and testimony of biblical baptism by immersion.

** If you would like to talk with someone about becoming a member of Pleasant Hill please email stacy@phbcgainesville.com.
 
Discipleship Pathway
The Discipleship Pathway is intentional steps of obedience to Jesus that will lead us to a deeper and more purposeful life in relationship with Jesus. You can follow the links below to find out more information and resources about each step in your spiritual growth.
 
KNOW GOD – Personal bible study and pray allow Christians to Know God better. Click Here for more personal growth resources.
 
GROW IN COMMUNITY – Believers were meant to grow spiritually and relationally in community. Click Here to connect with the Pleasant Hill Community.
 
LIVE GENEROUSLY – Christians are called to be faithful stewards of their resources, time, and abilities. 
 
GO SENT – All Christians are to live sent on mission for God.