Following jesus

Have you ever wondered what it takes to call yourself a Christian?  It's not nearly as complicated as you might think.


You probably have an opinion about who Jesus is, but here is what He said about Himself: "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well." John 14:6


Trusting Jesus as the way to God is not an exclusive path to God, it's completely inclusive.  No matter who you are, what you've done, no matter where you were born or the color of your skin, Jesus is the way for you to have a relationship with God.  Everybody's included, everybody's important to him.  If you think you're the exception to the rule, you're wrong.  Jesus loves you too!


So how do you actually become a Christian?  Just a few simple steps:


The Bible tells us  in Romans 10:9 "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."


That's it.  Confess with your mouth Jesus is your Lord. Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and your sins are forgiven and you have begun a relationship with God!


Now, you may be thinking, "Don't I have to clean up my life or be a better person first?"  No, you don't.  As we begin to allow God to direct us and work on us, He does the changes over time.  Our part is to keep saying yes to Him as he does incredible things in us, and through us over the course of our life.


Starting this relationship isn't the end, it's the first step in a wonderful journey of faith.  You haven't finished the race - you are just beginning!  if you have trusted Jesus with your life, we'd love to hear about it and celebrate with you.  So let us know here.


READ YOUR BIBLE

Now that you've started a relationship with God, you need to get to know Him.  But how?  Great question.  Begin to pray to God in Jesus name. Just start a conversation with him - he really does hear you!  But prayer really becomes alive when you pair it with reading the Bible.

It's hard to have a close relationship with someone you barely know, and God's Word (the Bible) is the primary way he speaks to you.  And it's the best way to learn how to follow Jesus on a daily basis.  If you want to know more about God, who He is, what He expects of us, then reading your Bible is the next step.  You can download youversion bible app for free to your tablet or phone.  Then start reading - try 10 minutes a day.  

We suggest starting in the book of John and then reading Romans.

Water Baptism

The second step on your journey now that you have made a commitment to follow Jesus and be changed by Him, is to get baptized in water like Jesus did.  This doesn't mean that you have to go the Jordan River or travel overseas, but it means that you make a public declaration of your faith through water baptism in a local church family.

Acts chapter 2 verse 38 tells how people in the New Testament age were expected to behave when Peter said, "Repent and baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins."

To get baptized, sign up on a green card at the Coffee Shop.

Receiving the holy Spirit

Step number three on your journey after being baptized in water is to pray and ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Bible says in Acts chapter 2 verse 38 that after they repented, and were baptized that they could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  This gift is the power of the Holy Spirit in you to overcome temptation, to break barriers and bondage's that you can't do on your own, and to fully embrace and employ both the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and gifts of the spirit (1 Corinthians 12-14).  Don't get caught up in seeking the fruit, the gifts or the outward signs of the Holy Spirit - this would be the same as ignoring the gift and playing with the wrapping paper - instead fully give your heart, mind, and body to the cleansing, leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit!  If this is the step for you, talk to one of our pastors before or after service or come to the altar and ask God.