Next StepsFirst Steps with Jesus
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FOLLOW JESUS?
Our SinWe are all born with a sin nature. This causes us to separate ourselves from, break, or reject a relationship with Him as our Creator and rightful ruler. In turn, we are unable to have a relationship with God without His forgiveness.
Romans 3:23 [NIRV]
God's GiftWe can’t earn God’s forgiveness – it is something to be given. God loves us as a Father does. He is ready and eagerly waiting to accept and have a meaningful relationship with us when we turn to Him. This restored relationship is made possible because Jesus Christ willingly gave His life as a sacrifice in our place so that we could be forgiven.
Romans 5:8 [NIRV]
Our ResponseRegardless of our past or how far away from God we may feel, we are each offered the gift of a restored relationship with Him. It is a free gift from God that we must choose to receive by committing our lives and heart to Jesus. By surrendering our life to God (that is, to submit our life to Him and put our faith in Him), we can be free from guilt and condemnation and experience the fullness of life that He has to offer.
Romans 10:9 [NIRV]
I choose to turn away from my previous way of life and turn to You.
I ask You to forgive me of my sins.
I thank You that You have a wonderful future planned for me and I pray You would help me to know You better every day.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen
What Do Followers of Jesus Believe?
HOW CAN I GROW IN MY NEW FAITH?
Now that you have made a decision to follow Jesus, we would love to support you in your decision in a number of ways and encourage you to:
- Tell someone about the decision you have made
- Begin to read the bible
- Make prayer part of your day
- Learn to worship
- Find a church to connect with
Tell SomeoneSharing the exciting decision you have made to live a life with God by your side is a great first step.
Read the BibleThe Bible (also known as the Word of God) is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs about life and living God’s way. It is God’s Word written specifically to guide us through life.
Psalms 119:105 [NIRV]
Time in PrayerPrayer is simply talking to God and making room for Him to talk back to you. There’s nothing more powerful than humbling yourself before God to ask for His help or waiting to hear His direction for you.
Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray and give thanks to Him.
Philippians 4:6 [NIRV]
These are special times when we give God credit for His goodness and showing our gratitude for who He is.
Praise the Lord for the glory that belongs to him.
Worship the Lord because of His beauty and holiness.
Psalms 29:2 [NIRV]