Next Steps

OK, I’ve made the decision to ask Jesus to be the Lord of my life, now what?

Here are some things to help you get started:

Get Baptized in Water:

baptisedFollow Jesus’ example by being baptized in water.

What is Baptism?

Water baptism is a public declaration of our identification with Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection. By getting baptized you are publicly saying to those around you that you have died to yourself and have decided to follow Christ.

For the next water baptism date, please see Pastor Michael.

What Do I Need?

You should bring a towel, and an extra set of clothes. Please wear a t-shirt and shorts… and expect to get wet!

Start Reading the Bible:

As we read God’s words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.

scriptureReading the Bible may seem overwhelming, but it’s well worth the effort. The Bible is divided into 66 smaller books, try just reading one of them to start. The Gospel of John is a great way to learn more about who Jesus was and what He did on earth. If you are looking for a Bible reading plan, we recommend the Life Journaling Plan:

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the ‘gems’ that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.

S-for Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O-for Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.

A-for Application

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P-for Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

If you follow the Life Journaling Plan you will read through the whole Bible once and the New Testament twice!

Click HERE for the Bible Reading plan.

Click here for more help on journaling or to order a Life Journal.

Get Connected:

One of the best ways to grow in your new walk of faith is to connect with others in the church family; you can then ask them questions, learn from them, and have support when you need it. Try one of our home groups or ALPHA classes to get connected.

Pray:

prayer-02Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. You don’t need any fancy words, just tell God what you’re thinking. You can ask God for help, thank Him for what He’s done for you, tell Him about your day, ask God for wisdom. Take even a few moments to connect with God each day.