Following jesus

The very first step in your journey of faith is committing your life to Jesus Christ.  There is a lot of ideas about what this means and how to do it but we believe it is simple and that Jesus gave us the instructions on how to do this in the Bible, specifically in the New Testament book called the Gospel of Matthew chapter 4 verse 19.  Jesus said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of me."  This means that becoming a Christian involves:

  • Following Jesus - this means doing what He did (said)
  • Allowing Him to change (make) you - as we confess our sins, follow Him, learn what He said and did, it changes our head (thoughts), Hearts (how we live our lives) and our hands (our actions and purpose begins to align with His plans)
  • Become a fisher of men - you point people to Jesus and show them how you went through the process of following and being changed
  • A good place to start is to pray and ask Jesus to forgive you, to begin a new life in you, to find a Bible-believing, teaching church and a community of believers to help you learn, be encouraged and grow in your faith.
  • Begin reading the Bible. If you don't have one, ask one of our pastors & we will get one for you. You can also download the youversion app for your phone so that it will be handy.  We suggest starting with John and then read Romans.
  • If you just decided to follow Jesus - we say, "Way to go! You just made a huge step in the right direction and we invite you to join us each Sunday!"

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, to defeat addictions 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, body to the cleansing, leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead!  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.