FAITH

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 baptism

Baptism is from the Greek word, “baptizo”, meaning to immerse or dip under water.
It is used in Christianity to symbolize the transition from your old life to a new life following Jesus.
“Whoever is in Christ is a new creation, Behold; the old is gone, the new is here.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

What does baptism mean?

Baptism does not make you a believer. It shows you already believe.
Baptism is an action that publicly illustrates your private faith in the life, teaching, and God-nature of Jesus.
Baptism is the outward demonstration of the commitment you make in your own heart, mind and spirit to love and follow Jesus.

Who should be baptized?

Every person who accepts Jesus and chooses to believe in and follow Him should get baptized. There is no age too young or too old to make that decision. There is no life history too ‘bad’ or too ‘good’ to exempt someone from the importance of choosing to follow Jesus and demonstrating that choice through baptism.

When should a believer be baptized?

Baptism is not something you wait on until you are perfect. None of us are perfect. We all still fall and fail in spite of our desire to do better each day at following Jesus. Baptism is for those who are choosing to follow and believe Jesus, in spite of themselves.
Baptism is not about the religious ceremony. Baptism is about the condition of the believer’s heart who chooses it. Therefor whenever a believer is prepared to accept Jesus, they may be baptized.

How does someone get baptized?

Simply let the Pastor know you are ready to make this public demonstration of faith.

Other times, the Pastor will arrange a baptism with you. Baptism is not about a religious ceremony, although that is sometimes utilized. In cases of illness or immediacy a private baptism is often performed.
Baptism is a time of prayer and sharing commitments between you and God. It may include the entire church community, or it may be a private time with you, a friend, and the Pastor. You may be in a robe in front of the church in a baptismal tub full of water, or others may be in a hospital bed with a small cup to dab water on your forehead.

Where does someone get baptized?

big life is using the wading pool at Oswego East High School for baptisms.
Baptisms have taken place in rivers, swimming pools, cathedrals, chapels, bathtubs, and deathbeds. There is no right answer to “where?” other than “anywhere.” Simply contact the Pastor to arrange your baptism.

What do I wear when I am baptized?

Some churches use robes.
At big life cc we utilize a shallow swimming pool. Wear a swimsuit and a loose fitting, light colored but non-white tshirt (light blue, grey, yellow). Wear board shorts or swim trunks to cover on bottom.

What if I was already baptized?

If you want to be baptized, big life will baptize you! If are satisfied with your previous baptism situation, whether as an infant or when you were old enough to decide for yourself, big life community church will come alongside you and honor your choice.
Baptism is totally up to you.

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 small groups

ACTS Bible Study

Work through ACTS along with the Message Series
 
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
Tuesdays 7PM at the Church
 
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Thursdays 6 AM at the Church
Thursdays 7PM at Panera Bread
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Mondays 7 PM at the Church
 
Materials:

For Women: Girls of Grace

 
This group came out of a desire of several women. Our mission is to gather and be available to listen, encourage, share, empower, pray, play, create, and serve together.  Each time will be something different, and we will have special service projects. We are looking forward to friendships and service that we will be doing through the grace of God!
 

Tables of Eight

Tables of 8 is an opportunity for singles and couples of all ages to become better acquainted with others in the church, build friendships, and enjoy a meal at someone’s home.

There is no agenda for these gatherings.  Get to know one another and enjoy good conversation.  No pressure, have a great time!

Ideally, the host provides the main dish and guests bring other parts of the meal.

  1. Decide if you’d like to be a host or a guest.
  2. Sign up!  If you’re a host, choose a day of the week that works best for you.  It will help guests decide where to sign up.
  3. If you’re a guest, choose a host that you don’t know!
  4. Eat!

What we need to get started:
Hosts
Guests
People who are willing to swap childcare or provide it free of charge!  (It just works best if you have childcare for your kids, so you can converse!)

Contact Kate Hall at katehall74@sbcglobal.net for more info.

Sign up in worship!

Women’s Small Group

 
Join Lisa Schisel on Wednesday evenings at Hudson Crossing Park at 7 pm from June 13-August 8th!  This small group will be focusing on the book by Lisa-Jo Baker, “Never Unfriended.”  Please email lschisel@gmail.com for more information!  
 
 

 big life is on a mission

Big life is on a spiritual mission. We exist to share Jesus. Big life partners with local service providers to impact the community through physical mission work as well. Get Involved. Participate in mission work.

 INK 180

Serving in partnership with local law enforcement & philanthropic organizations, Chris and Lisa Baker are making a difference one life at a time by covering up tattoos that link a person to their destructive or victimized past. INK 180 is a mission of PneuProject that charges nothing for its ministry of second chances covering gang and human trafficking tattoos. It is entirely funded by donations from people like you. Get involved in INK 180 and give the gift of a second chance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Young Life

Young Life is an independent youth ministry that thinks the world of kids. YL believes that kids deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life leaders are caring adults from local churches and the community who create lasting friendships with kids, share the Gospel in action, all while having fun. Young Life is all about fun. From club and camp to Campaigners and other activities, teenagers will have blast laughing, trying new things and being with their friends.

Even though Young Life is especially for kids, parents and other adults in the community are important to Young Life. Adults can support Young Life in a variety of ways — by becoming a volunteer leader or committee member, by attending a Young Life fund-raising event, by hosting Young Life or by simply telling others in the community about Young Life and its commitment to kids.

Young Life Oswego
PO Box 355
Oswego, IL 60543-0355
Phone: 630-551-8650
http://Oswego.younglife.org

Special Needs Prom

Big Life C.C. has hosted the local Special Needs Prom since it was launched in 2015 in partnership with Celebrate Differences, a local NFP. The event includes dancing with a professional DJ (Villa Productions), dinner buffet, karaoke, limo rides, corsages, and each guest is crowned king or queen.

Saturday Stars Mentoring – Community 4:12

Saturday Stars is a mentoring and tutoring program on Saturday mornings during the school year.  There are three schools involved in SS, Bardwell, Brady, and Beaupre.  Bardwell is mentoring, and the other two are tutoring.

Saturday Stars starts with an orientation/training, taking breaks as school does.  The hours are from 9:45am until noon. There are three stations—craft/experiments, gym time, and game time, followed by a snack.  Volunteers literally just need to show up.  Each adult volunteer needs to be background checked and fingerprinted and go through orientation/training.

For more info contact Kate Hall at katehall74@sbcglobal.net

Boys to Men

Boys to Men is an Aurora-based mentoring program that instills confidence and purpose in young men at risk. They work with boys through Junior High and High School years, ensuring graduation from school and growth in personal responsibility.
Mission:
To shatter the stereotypes, break the barriers, and overcome the obstacles that have become the norm for young men by promoting the life-transforming power of education, discipline, service, culture, and brotherhood.
Vision:
To establish a fraternal network of young men who will personify excellence based on the principles taught in our own educational institution.
Boys II Men P.O. Box 1353 Aurora, IL 60507 http://boys2menonline.org/index.html

Sponsor Children

Big life leadership team members are committed to sponsoring children around the world.
Marissa, Geoff, and Rhys currently sponsor 5 children around the world. We want to encourage you as your faith moves to action to consider assisting kids with education, food, and healthcare. For a small sum of money each month, you can immediately and directly change the course of a child’s life. And you can encourage the children and form a strong, lasting friendship through letter-writing!
 

Week of Compassion

Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. We seek to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities.
The listed mission opportunities may be offered through collaboration with other local churches/ independent service providers.
 

devotionals

Death, Grief, and God

Hello Church! 

I wanted to share a bit of faith with you, but I’m not sure I am up to speaking in front of the congregation quite yet.  So I hope you take a moment to read this and find something applicable for your life from it.

First – a huge thank you for being the church in prayer and support during our family’s difficult time.  Rhys thanks everyone who brought us brownies – he’s still working on them out of the freezer, 🙂 and I know Geoff was delighted to see so much delicious food brought in for us.  And your prayers of healing are immeasurably valuable.

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Talk About Your Faith

Last Sunday we talked about the importance of being able to give an account of the hope that it is within us (…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect 1 Peter 3:15.)  At Big Life C.C. we believe sharing Jesus is our high calling as Jesus followers.  Bringing together the clarity of our own personal faith story with respect and gentleness towards those who do not believe yet is a pathway forward for Christianity in our culture just as it was thousands of years ago when those words were written. 


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What Is Spiritual Maturity & Why Strive For It?

The converted aim of every Christ-follower is “spiritual maturity.”  But what is it and how do we live it?

Hebrews 12:1-3New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


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