You made a decision in your life regarding your faith and are now asking, “What’s Next?” Do not worry, you are not alone in asking these questions. The following are important questions you may be asking:
I ACCEPTED JESUS INTO MY HEART FOR THE FIRST TIME, NOW WHAT?
Congratulations on making the biggest and best decision of your life. After making the decision of accepting Jesus into your life, it’s perfectly normal to not know what to do next. Remember that you are saved by your faith in Jesus. In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says, “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God— 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast.” (NIV) Satan will do everything in his power to convince you that you do not deserve this free gift. So this is why it is important to put the effort into strengthening your faith. Here are some recommended steps to help strengthen your faith.
#1- UNDERSTAND YOUR SALVATION
(a) We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God (Romans 3:23 ).
(b) Because of our sin, we deserve to be punished with eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23 ).
(c) Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 5:8 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection proved that His death was sufficient to pay for our sins.
(d) God grants forgiveness and salvation to all those who place their faith in Jesus—trusting His death as the payment for our sins (John 3:16 ; Romans 5:1; Romans 8:1 ).
The Holy Spirit comes to reside permanently within at the moment of faith. He assures us of everlasting life. He teaches us God’s Word and empowers us to live according to it. 1. You are saved by Faith — Your salvation is based purely upon your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. In other words, salvation is not something that can be “earned” by how good you try to be or some religious act that you perform. Salvation is a free gift from God, and came as you simply put your faith in Jesus, His death and resurrection, and trusted him to forgive your sins and become your savior and Lord. The scripture says “For it is by grace you have been 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).
#2- SPEND TIME WITH GOD EVERYDAY
This is a discipline that many Christians don’t prioritize. Spending time with God everyday will help you in so many ways. By spending time reading the Bible you will find powerful truths that will help navigate this tough life. Praying to God will allow you to develop a friendship with the creator of the earth. The Bible says, “18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18 NIV)
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#3- FIND A SPIRITUAL FRIEND
I cannot stress enough how bad company will corrupt us. It is so very important that we find friends in our life who can help us on our walk with Christ. Hebrews 3:13 says, “13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (NIV) Find someone that can encourage you but also challenge you.
#4- BE BAPTIZED
Many people have a misunderstanding of baptism. The word “baptize” means to immerse in water. Baptism is the biblical way of publicly proclaiming your new faith in Christ and your commitment to follow Him. The action of being immersed in the water illustrates being buried with Christ. The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s resurrection. Being baptized is identifying yourself with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4 ).
Baptism is not what saves you. Baptism does not wash away your sins. Baptism is simply a step of obedience, a public proclamation of your faith in Christ alone for salvation. Baptism is important because it is a step of obedience – publicly declaring faith in Christ and your commitment to Him. If you are ready to be baptized, click on the contact us page and let us know you are interested in being baptized.
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