WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS WITH GOD?
Congratulations! You have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior. This is the greatest, wisest, best decision you have ever made. Now what happens? The next seven days can be the most important week of your life.
Just what has happened to you? That’s a good question, and an important one. Knowing what happened and what it means will help you the rest of your Christian life. It happened in a church, in your home or somewhere else. Someone helped you or perhaps you were by yourself. You felt a need, learned that Jesus could help you, and you asked Him to come into your life. Now what does that mean, and where do you go from here?
1. Attend Church Regularly
If you take a live coal from a fireplace and put it by itself, it will soon go out. In the same way, Christians need the encouragement of other Christians. Hearing the word of God, praying with others, singing together, building relationships with other Christians – these things will help you grow in your faith. Find a church home, we would welcome you joining us at Horizon.
2. Read the Bible
Get in the habit of reading the Bible every day. A printed version of the Life Journal can be purchased for $5 at the Connection Center on Sundays, or you can contact the church office. In addition to daily Bible reading, we have provided you with a fourteen-part correspondence Bible study so that you may begin right away experiencing “His very great and precious promises,” so that through them you may experience Jesus’ divine nature and grow in a life transforming relationship with Him.
3. Talk to God
Prayer is a conversation between you and God. Talk to Him, and let Him talk to you. Make time every day to pray.
If you are using the Bible studies we are making available, pray before you begin each study. Ask the Holy Spirit to tutor your heart and guide you in all truth. Something like this: “Holy Spirit (or God) please reveal the truth of the Bible to me so that I may apply it to my life. I am expecting to learn from You, Amen.”
In the Bible Jesus said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth . He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you”. John 16:13-15 NIV
We recommend you save each completed study on your device so you will have them for future reference and to share with others.
4. Get Baptized
Jesus instructs us to be baptized in water. This is also an outward expression and testimony of your faith. If you’re interested in signing up to be baptized at Horizon, click the button below:
5. Get in a Group
It is important that you interact with other Christians and share your journey. A fruit tree that stands alone will struggle to bear fruit (no bees to pollinate). Experiencing Jesus together is similar to the “cross-pollination that occurs in an orchard resulting in much healthy fruit! God designed us to grow in the context of community. There is nothing like having some friends to encourage you as you pursue your faith together.
Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20) NIV
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