You’ve said “yes” to Jesus, and have just entered into a relationship with the God of the universe. If you are willing, your life is going to be an adventure of incredible proportion as you learn to love God, love people and serve the world. We know you may be wondering where to go from here, so we have created this Next Steps portion of our website for you to reference as you begin this new adventure with Christ.”
Before entering into a relationship with God, we are broken beings in desperate need of a Savior. When we begin to acknowledge that we cannot do life on our own, it may often feel overwhelming. These feelings can stem from the reality of taking an honest look at ourselves and coming to the realization that the gap between our sinfulness and brokenness next to God’s holiness is so great. In fact, Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
Therefore, this gap between humanity and God had to be bridged; a price had to be paid. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” This free gift from God refers to the fact that Jesus was the only one who could bridge the gap between humanity's brokenness and God’s holiness. He did so by dying on the cross for our sins and raising back to life three days later. Romans 5:8 states, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loved us so much that He created us with free will, meaning that He will never force us to love Him in return. We have the ability to choose whether or not we receive the benefits of what Jesus did on the cross. It is important to know that God will not force you to choose Him, but in order to be in relationship with God, a choice must be made. Romans 10:9-10 states, “If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, then you will be saved.” If you have done that, then salvation is yours! You not only have the security of knowing that you will go to heaven after this life, but you get to live a life here on earth in relationship with the living God!
We learn how to love God as we spend time with Him. One way to do that is by reading the Bible, God's Word. God reveals Himself to us through the Bible, and He shapes and changes our hearts and lives through His Word. For this reason, one of the best things you can do as a new believer is to read and study the Bible often. This can feel a little overwhelming at first, but a good place to start is by reading the books of John, Acts and Romans. As you read the Book of John you will learn about the life and ministry of Jesus. You can learn about the history of the church, and the power we have through the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. The book of Romans is a letter written by Paul to the church in Rome and describes what it looks like to live a life that pleases God. These books are all in the New Testament portion of your Bible, and can also be found by looking in the Table of Contents. One of the ways you can apply what you have read to your life is by using the S.O.A.P. method that is explained in the Reading and Prayer portion of our website.