If you’ve accepted God’s invitation to forgiveness and new life, the journey continues as we obediently take these next steps in our faith …
Baptism is the first step of obedience that Jesus commanded us to follow. It is a symbol of identification with His death and resurrection and a way of publicly saying that you have repented of sin and are trusting completely in Jesus (Acts 2:37-38). This does not mean to be “christened” as a baby or even baptized as an adult – but is about being baptized as a believer.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an empowering experience, equipping Spirit-filled believers for witness and ministry. Acts 2:39 says, “And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Following Jesus means living a lifestyle that brings attention to God. Be willing and able to share the story of what Jesus has been doing in you, and the good news of new life through Him, with the people you come into contact with on a daily basis (Ephesians 6:19). Invite your friends to church.
Sunday is when the church (the community of people who follow Jesus) come together. It’s a time of singing songs of worship, prayer, listening to the Bible, and sharing the gifts of the Spirit (Hebrews 10:25) by encouraging and practically serving one another.
Gathering for prayer as a church is a vital time for Christians. It is time spent talking with God together and hearing His heart for our local church, the needs of the nations, and for Christians around the world.
One of the first things that Jesus calls us into is living a generous, open-handed life. This is expressed in both the giving of our time and of our resources to the Lord.
Giving of our resources happens with tithes and offerings. Scripture tells us that tithing is giving one tenth of all that we earn back to God, who gave it to us in the first place (2 Cor. 9:7). Offerings are to be given over and above your tithe (2 Cor 9:6-10). Tithes and offerings are used to enable and continue ministry.
It’s important to continually develop a firm understanding of issues that are foundational to your Christian faith. These are described in Hebrews 6:1-2 as: repentance, faith in God, baptisms, prayer and laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Finding community as a new Christian can often be difficult, but Connect Groups make it easy to explore your relationship with God, all while making new friends. These groups meet weekly in homes across the region (Acts 2:46). You can find a group near you.