In Romans 3.23, we read, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3.23)
It is our sins that separate us from God. It causes us to fear God and to live our lives outside of who He created us to be.
The good news that we see in Scripture is that "...God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
God the father sent His son Jesus Christ to break the power of sin and death by dying on the cross in our place for our sins. Through this act, we are invited to accept what Jesus has done for us and to place our faith and hope in Him.
1. Realize that God has not been priority in your life and ask Him to forgive your sins.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all righteousness." 1 John 1.9
2. Believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that he rose from the dead and is alive today.
"If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved." Romans 10.9-10
"We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are." Romans 3.22
3. Accept this free gift from God by committing our lives and heart to Jesus.
"For it is by grace you are saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2.8-9
"To all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn - not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan - but from the will of God."John 1.12-13
Just like any other relationship, we need to invest time and effort into getting to know who God is and what He wants for us.
After accepting Jesus into your life and committing your life to Him, you are ready to begin this new journey of faith.
The following next steps will help you grow in your new found faith in Jesus:
Declare your relationship with Jesus publicly!
Water baptism is the example Jesus set for us, and we follow this example to publicly share our new life in Him!
Find out more about water baptism here.
Share your story
When you experience something as good as God’s love, you want to share it with the people in your life! Talk about how God has changed your life, build relationships, and invite someone to come to church with you. Also, we would love to hear how God has impacted your life. Share your story with us here.
Join A Connect Group.
Life is better together. And we grow in groups.
When we interact with other followers of Christ we find support and encouragement to continue in our faith. Connect Groups are purposed to help you grow in your faith and be encouraged by the support of others as you begin this journey of faith.
Check out our current group listings here.
Begin Growth Track.
This two-week class is designed to help you take your next steps in connecting to the church and discovering your purpose to make a difference!
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Spiritual growth is intentional and purposeful. It won't be by accident, but a decision to grow in your walk with Jesus.
Read the Bible
The Bible is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. It’s God’s Word written specifically to guide us through life.
Check out the "WHAT'S NEXT" Bible plan and the journey to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and Make A Difference.
Make prayer a part of your day.
Prayer is talking to God, and there’s nothing more powerful than asking for God’s help. Check out our prayer resources here.
And then take time to listen to what He wants to say.
Talking to God isn’t a one-way street – He wants to talk to us, too. Take time to learn His voice and listen to His direction for you.
Any time we give God credit for His goodness, we are worshipping Him. When we pray, serve, or help others in their faith, we are following God’s will and showing our gratitude for who He is.