NEXT STEPS FOR NEW BELIEVERS
To accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is the most important decision you will ever make in your life. In reality, it is the beginning of a brand new life in Christ, and as a new-born child of God, there are many important things you need to understand. As you read this, please note the scripture references and look them up in your Bible.
(Bible quotations are taken from the New International Version, © The New York Bible Society, 1978)
YOU ARE SAVED BY FAITH
scripture says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast."
YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY FEELINGS
The Bible says "We live by faith, not by sight."
(2 Corinthians 5:7)
YOU MAY EXPERIENCE DOUBT
God's Word promises, "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
YOU ARE FORGIVEN OF ALL YOUR SINS
The Bible teaches that all mankind has a sinful nature which keeps him separated from God's presence and will result in eternal death. But Jesus came to suffer the consequences of that sin as our substitute, so that we could be forgiven of sin and have access to God's presence. When you repented (turned away) from your sins, and asked Jesus to forgive you and become your savior, that's exactly what he did. He forgave every sin you've ever committed, regardless of how awful or evil they may have been. God can forgive more sin than man can commit. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
(1 John 1:9)
YOU'RE NOT PERFECT BUT YOU ARE FORGIVEN
"There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..."
YOU ARE A NEW CREATION
At the moment you accepted Jesus, He came into your heart by His Spirit, and now His presence and nature lives and dwells in your heart (1 Corinthians 6:19). You did not merely become a better person, you were "born again" spiritually as a brand new person! Now He wants you to learn to live your life according to the new nature of His Spirit inside you. The Bible says "Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!"
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
YOU HAVE THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
You must keep living for Christ "...If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the Gospel."
YOU NEED TO ATTEND CHURCH
You should attend church regularly so that your faith can be strengthened by the preaching of God's Word, and so you can grow spiritually and be encouraged by the fellowship of other Christians. Church is where you can go to express your love, faithfulness, and worship to God. Church is where we can learn how to be a Christian, and where the Pastor and spiritual leaders can help you and encourage your faith. The Bible warns us not to absent ourselves from church attendance, because we need the strength and encouragement it brings. "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..."
Church is not just for Sundays! Joining a Life Group is a great way to worship and get connected during the week.
YOU NEED TO PRAY EVERY DAY
Prayer is vital to your spiritual growth. God is your Heavenly Father, and He wants to hear from you and have daily fellowship with you. Not only does He promise to answer your prayers, but as you pray He will also provide guidance and spiritual strength. The Bible tells us to "Pray continually," that is to pray faithfully every day.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
YOU NEED TO READ THE BIBLE DAILY
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."
There are a lot of great online resources and apps to get you started with a daily reading plan. Try bible.com or The Bible app.
YOU NEED TO BE BAPTIZED IN WATER
The scriptures say "...Repent and be baptized, every one of you..."
As you start out on your new faith journey, you may have more questions and we would love to help you answer them. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at anytime.