Welcome to the Family
As a new believer, you have chosen to take the "Next Steps" in your relationship with Christ.
Please let us know so we can pray for you:
NOW THAT I SURRENDERED TO CHRIST, WHAT'S NEXT?
You have just made a decision that will change your entire perception on life forever. The Bible describes it as passing from darkness into light. You have been adopted into a family-the family of God. God is no longer a non-related Creator, but a divine, Heavenly Father.
As your Father, he has a plan for your life. He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, '"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."'
Just as a newborn baby is brought into this world and relies upon a parent for nourishment to grow, such is the case with your spiritual birth-you need spiritual nourishment. Take the time to do the four things listed below:
When you begin to live your life according to the first two principles above, you will be noticeably different. Those who know you will be able to see a change in your life.
"Sharing your faith" is just telling others what Jesus has done to bring about that change. Jesus says in Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Share what Jesus has done in your life. Give others the same opportunity you were given to live for eternity with Jesus Christ in heaven.
SCRIPTURES TO READ:
Acts 1:8 • Matthew 5:14-16 • Ephesians 6:19 Acts 4:13-21 • Acts 10:42-43
GO TO CHURCH
The Bible calls it "fellowship," and it's more than just hanging out with other Christians. In Acts 2:42 we read, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." "Devoted" refers to concentrating on a particular pursuit with zeal and loyalty, always with spiritual significance. Connecting with others in this way is only possible when we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is about a relationship, not just social activities.
SCRIPTURES TO READ:
Acts 2:42-47; Philippians 2:1-4; Ephesians 5:19-21 1 John 1:5-7; Hebrews 10:24-25
EXPLORE YOUR NEW FAITH
Now that Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord, discover more about who he is and how to live for him. Alpha is a 10-week series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith. Alpha includes dinner, a short talk, and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts and ask your questions.
SOME TOPICS DISCUSSED ARE:
Who is Jesus? • Why did Jesus die? • How can we have faith? Why and how do I pray? • Why and how should I read the Bible?
READ THE BIBLE
The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:2,"Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation..."
We made a special booklet designed to help you get into the Bible for the first time. If you have never picked up a Bible or have only dabbled in it here and there, Becoming Bible Savvy will give you a taste of the life-changing practice of daily Bible reading.
This guide works through the book of Mark, which is one of the biographies of Jesus in the New Testament.
Prayer is the biblical word for "talking" to God. Prayer is communication between you (a child of God) and your heavenly Father (God). God created you the way you are, and he wants to spend time communicating with you. Go ahead, thank him for the beautiful day.
Ask him for guidance in the difficult circumstance you are in. Most important of all, ask him to give you strength and wisdom to live a life that is pleasing to him.
SCRIPTURES TO READ:
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 • Philippians 4:6-7 Psalm 34:1-8 • Luke 18:1
Baptism is a celebration. It is an opportunity to follow Jesus' example and teaching by publicly proclaiming our identification with him (Matthew 3:13-17, 28 :19). By being baptized, we announce that Jesus has washed away our sin and given us new life .It is a wonderful step of obedience in following Christ (Acts 8:12-13a).
Baptism is not about what we've achieved but what Christ has achieved for us. Baptism also pictures the fact that we are dead in our sins until we put our faith in Christ , who paid our sin's debt and conquered sin's power through his resurrected life.
At Christ Community Church, baptism is celebrated three times a year and is open to every person who has surrendered to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Before each baptism celebration, a one-hour information class is offered at various times. Check out our next class schedule and learn more about baptism at ccclife.org/baptism.
Review your decision
Because this is the biggest decision of your life, review the Good News that you're believing in.