I believe… Now what?

You’ve just crossed the line of faith and made the single greatest decision that you will ever make, a decision to follow Jesus Christ! You are now positioned to experience amazing new opportunities, plus gain a new perspective on life and all that God has in store for you.
 
Jesus said, “… I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
 
That abundant life began immediately when you crossed the line of faith,but that’s just the beginning. You’ve taken that first step but now what?
 
This webpage will give you an idea of what’s next. You will discover your next steps, and you will discover what the Bible, God’s word, says about each of these steps.
 
You may still have questions about your decision, and you may even have a few doubts. That’s ok, but don’t let those questions or doubts stop you from stepping forward. Life is all about the journey; this abundant life journey that you are about to experience happens one step at a time.
 
God’s best,
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Mike Rima
Lake City Community Church

Understanding Your Decision to Follow Christ

God loves us and has a plan for us!

God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

“I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly.” John 10:10

All of us are sinners and our sin has separated us from God

Sin Seperates
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death…
Romans 6:23

Even on our best day, any of the things we do to attempt to get close to God fall short

Mans Attempts
All of us have become like one who is unclean and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6

But God made a way to bridge the gap

Christ Saves
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8
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

The Local Church

When you stepped over the line of faith and chose to follow Jesus, you became part of a movement. But this movement, Christianity, is not a solo sport. We are truly better together! That’s why the local church exists.
 
Each week, when we gather together as a church, we unite to worship God, discover his plan for our lives, and learn how to live out his priorities.
 
As you continue to walk in faith, remain committed to the local church. Because, as we learned from those who first stepped out to follow Christ, the local church is crucial to our growth and our experience of the abundant life that Jesus has in store for us.
 
Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:25
Local Church

Baptism

Simply put, baptism is an outward display and celebration of your inward decision to trust Christ with your eternity. It’s an act of obedience, a step of acknowledgement that is representative of the fact that Jesus died on a cross, was buried, and then walked out of the grave, alive, so that each of us can have eternal life.
 
When you step into the water, you are letting the world know that you have walked into a new life of faith in Jesus Christ, and that you are committing to follow him down a new path. If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, baptism is an important next step in your spiritual journey.
 

You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.
Acts 22:15-16

Baptism

Discovery

As you begin this journey, you will discover so many new things about God, this new life of faith and changes in your desires and behaviors. The single and most reliable source of information on how you should live out your faith comes from the Bible – your true north compass.
 
One of the most important next steps you will engage in is regular reading of your Bible. If Bible reading feels intimidating, don’t worry.You’ll find that there are plenty of resources to help you to make the Bible understandable, refreshing and enriching. There are also Life Groups, designed specifically for new believers such as yourself. We’ll be happy to connect you with any help you need to more fully discover God’s plans and purposes for your life.
 
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16
 
… let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Discovery

Connecting

One of the biggest steps that you can take, one that yields huge results in terms of spiritual growth, is joining a Life Group. Life Groups not only provide an opportunity for you to connect with other Christ-followers, they provide an environment in which questions can be answered, biblical truths can be discovered and explored, and people can give and receive care and acceptance.
 
Life Groups study the Bible together, pray together, play together and serve together. In addition, you can almost be assured that they’ll share some pretty nice meals together!
 
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:42
 
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

Connecting

Serving

Most of us want to make a difference, in fact, we get a certain buzz from doing good for others. God has gifted each one of us with a unique set of skills to do just that.
 
As a new Christ-follower, one of the most life transforming things that you can do is to serve others, inside and outside the four walls of the local church; it’s stepping outside your comfort zone to serve others.
 
Jesus himself said that he did not come to be served, but to serve others. When you volunteer your time and talents in and through the local church, you will discover the key to unlocking a life of influence and change. Read these words
from the Bible and take your next step of serving others.
 
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

Serving