Welcome To The Family!!!
A great adventure awaits as you begin your new relationship with Jesus Christ. But you may be asking, "How do I get started, and where do I go from here?" This page is designed to answer a few questions, and assist you in getting started on the right track.
Now that you have said YES we encourage you, Christianity is not about religion, but about relationship, and the greatest relationship of all is your relationship with the Lord. One of the greatest ways to grow in that relationship, and know God better is through His word. You can Read the Bible in hundreds of languages and versions on your mobile device, and access your friends, bookmarks, notes, and reading plans from anywhere with the YouVersion Bible App. Download Now.
Why do bad things happen?
Yes! God is with you, and He protects you more than your realize. When God does allow difficulties, it's often times His way of discipling you, or strengthening you. Jeremiah 29:11, John 9:1-3, James 1:2-4
Can God Be Trusted?
A - Admit we have sinned. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, 1 John 1:9
It begins with your A.B.C.'s. The Bible tells us to:
How Can I Be Sure That I Am Saved?
Here are a few of the most common questions new believers ask.
A broken heart, illness, death in the family, a lost job... WHY? Problems do come to all people including followers of Jesus. Some hurts result from our own decisions, and some result from the behavior of others. It's not that bad things happen to good people, it's that bad things happen to all people as a result of the fall of all mankind. However God's grace and unmerited love are available to all people. Yes it's true that bad things can happen in life, and that is simply because we do not live in a perfect world. However, God has given us "free will", the freedom to choose right and wrong. Romans 8:18-23
How Do I Read The Bible?
The Bible is more than a history book, it is the Word of God and relevant for direction in everyday life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 It is important to read the Bible every day, because it has many passages that will give you encouragement, and provides you with the wisdom needed to share with others the "good news" about Jesus you have learned. The Bible is made up of 66 individual books, 39 Old Testament (before Christ) and 27 New Testament (during and after Christ), but it does not necessarily read chronologically, therefore you don't need to start at the beginning.
I Said YES
Welcome to the Family. Please take the time to fill out this form to let us know about the most important decision you have ever made. We want to celebrate with you!
Begin by reading the Gospels (stories of the life and ministry of Jesus)
Pastor Marc recommends to begin your reading in the Gospel (book) of John
You can also begin personal reading using the S.O.A.P. reading plan. S.O.A.P. is a simple acrostic to help
you read with intent to listen and hear what the Scriptures are saying through the inspiration of the
Holy Spirit. Pastor Marc also recommends journaling your reading time by using the S.O.A.P. acrostic.
Simply write the acrostic S= Scripture, O= Observation A= Application P= Prayer.
SCRIPTURE - Open your Bible or Bible App. to your reading for the day (using the S.O.A.P. reading plan in PDF below). 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 in your journal.
OBSERVATION - What do you think God is saying to you in the Scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
APPLICATION - Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction,
encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how the Scripture can apply to you today.
PRAYER - This can be as simple as asking God to help you to use this Scripture, or even a prayer for 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.
Do I Need To Go To Church?
Developing Your Roots
First, let us understand that the church is NOT a building, but a body. The church is more than a facility, it is a family of people who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. People who can help care for you, support you, teach you, and encourage you as you journey in your relationship with Christ while navigating your life in this world. The Lord wants believers to meet together so that they may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24-25 You are important to the church. God has given each of us personal gifts designed to help others in their growth and relationship with Jesus.
Now That You've Said YES!
Saying YES means that you have begun a relationship with Jesus, and now have eternal life in Heaven, a free gift that is not intended to be kept to yourself, but is meant to be shared with others. Give it away! One of the greatest blessings of the Christian life is being able to help lead someone else into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a real joy to see others experience the same things you did when you said YES. God tells us that it's important to share our faith. In fact, it's not just something He wants you to do, He actually commands us to do it! Matthew 28:18-20 Sharing your faith can sound like a scary thing to do, but it doesn't have to be. One of the best ways you can do this is by telling them your story, and what Jesus has done for you. No body knows your story better than you, and that's one story you can't mess up. (For more information about finding your place in the story, and to begin your next step in your new journey visit our Starting Point page.)
Congratulations!!! We are excited that you have made the most important decision you will ever make: Your decision to follow Jesus Christ!