Everyone is in process. Everyone is growing. We want to help you start your journey with Jesus.
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.
Mike Rima (lead pastor)
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.
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.
YouVersion is a very popular free Bible app with devotions. Visit YouVersion to download the app!
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.
One of the biggest steps that you can take, one that yields huge results in terms of spiritual growth, is joining a Connect Group. These 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.
Connect 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.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
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