First of all, you have just made a decision to invite Jesus into your life,
Well what does that mean?
Well first and foremost it means that
God loves you -
The bible says: We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (ESV)
God loves you unconditionally and His love for you is unlimited, there is nothing you have done or can do that will make God not love you.
He has such an incredible plan and purpose for your life,
He wants to love and be loved by you. He wants to give you a future beyond your wildest dreams; He wants you to grow and develop into the amazing person that you were created to be.
The bible says:
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Isaiah 41:10 The Message (MSG)
This means that God is there for you. He will never leave you or or abandon you. When you feel down He is there with you. When you feel afraid He is there with you. When you feel lonely He is there with you and when you mess up, He is there with you.
Lets face it, we are ALL human and because we’re all human that means we have all messed up at some point.
There is a word that is used in the bible to describe us messing up and it is called sin.
The bible says:
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ESV
An example of sinning would be when you; steal something, break the law, say hurtful words to someone or treat someone badly.
Sin means you are living by what you want and your own selfish needs instead of living for God and this means putting others first and speaking out of love.
Sin makes you feel as though you are living a life separated from God and you begin to feel rubbish about yourself and your life because guilt, bitterness and hurt enters your heart.
The bible says:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NIV)
This means that when you live a life full of sin, you won’t be living a life that is full.
All you will get from living a life like this is that horrible feeling of darkness in your stomach. But you don’t need to live like this anymore!
Because God sent His son Jesus down to earth to give us a new life.
As we know, God loves you so much that He doesn’t want to see any of His children live a life in illness, sadness, darkness or death.
The bible says:
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NLT)
So He sent His son Jesus down from heaven to earth to die on a cross as a man who has never sinned. He paid the price that we all deserve for our sin.
Imagine you have broken loads of laws and you know that you have done it. Imagine that you have seen video footage of yourself committing all of these crimes. Then it comes to the day where you have to stand up in court. The judge plays the videos and your friends, your family, everybody sees you on the big screen committing all of the crimes. You and all of the people watching are so sad and disappointed and you are full of guilt and shame. The punishment for your crimes is life in prison. But then this person you have never met barges into the room with their arms out saying. “I will take the punishment for them, I will take the guilt, I will take the shame, I will take the darkness If you will just let them go free” and then you just walk away completely free.
This is exactly what Jesus has done for you.
The way Jesus lived His life and His character as a human on earth is what you will now build your life values upon.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)
We believe that Jesus died on a cross and rose again, and defeated all sin so that we can live a life that is full.
So now it’s up to you… God has held up His end and now its your choice to decide whether or not you want to choose to live a life with Jesus; a life that is fulfilled.
The bible says:
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 (ESV)
You have chosen to live a life that is full of joy, full of peace, full of forgiveness, full of excitement and most of all, a life with God.
This decision does not mean that you will be controlled by God with no free will. It simply means you have chosen to live a life with God in it.
If God is for me, and God is good, then why do bad things happen in the world?
When God created us, God gave us all free will. He will never force us to do anything we don’t want to do. As we explained before, sin can enter our world and our heart and people choose to make choices that will bring destruction into their world and the world of others around them. Because sin is in the world, people can sometimes hurt people. Some people just do the hurting, and some people just get hurt by others.
This is why we need God in our lives because with God, we can get through all of the things either we have done or the things that have been done to us.
By surrendering all of our hurts and struggles to God and allowing Him to come into our hearts transforms us from the inside out.
God brings healing to our situations and helps us to move forward with a new perspective on life.
What’s my next step?
We believe your next steps are…
Attending church on a Sunday; This is where you can really have time to connect with God on a larger scale and with other people who love and support you.
Join youth team; we believe that life is better together, being on a team helps you to truly understand the meaning of serving. This is where you find out more about who you are and why is it so important to have a servant heart just like Jesus.
Get baptised; Jesus tells us to get baptised. Baptism is symbolic of laying your old life and your old habits down and as you rise out of the water you are a new person living a life with purpose.
Where in the bible can I start reading?
The book of MARK. The bible is made up of different books, as a new Christian, we would recommend that you start reading the New testament. This tells us all about what happened when Jesus came to earth.
What do those little letters mean at the end of the bible quotes? For example (NLT) (MSG) (NIV)
Each bible book has a different translation, some are easier to understand, whilst others are more traditional. If you are just starting out with reading the bible we would recommend you reading the New Living Translation (NLT) or The Message (MSG).
What is baptism?
As Christians we want to live a life imitating what Jesus did, serving, being honourable, loving one another and so on…An important thing Jesus tells us to imitate is baptism. Jesus was baptised as a declaration of His faith in front of others. This was a symbol of Him dying to His old ways, His old life as he was being lowered under water. As they lifted Jesus out of the water this was a symbol of us entering into a new life full or purpose.
Where does church fit into this?
Church is a place where we all meet together as a community to worship God. Life is better together. Church is a safe place where we can find family, listen to great teachings, support each other, worship and praise God together and be in community.