Walk this way
Knowing God personally is the most exciting adventure as we grow and change to become more like Jesus. A decision to follow Jesus is the most significant step, but it is just the first step in your new life as a Christian. Jesus has not just set us from our old life, he has new things to teach and show us so that we can learn to trust and to serve him.
Helping you go forward
Here are six things you can start doing right now to start to grow as a follower of Jesus:
Prayer is simply communication with God and as in any other relationship, communication is a must. Prayer is our very life-breath as humans. If life is not shared with someone it is dead: ‘This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God.’ (John 17:3) You don’t need fancy or ‘religious’ words to talk to God, just share with him as you would a friend. God cares for you. Are you thankful? Worried about anything? Do you need God’s help? Tell God! You can share anything but it may be helpful to have a simple model to get you started.
2. Read the Bible
There are loads of great reasons to read the Bible; to learn more about God’s character, to find guidance, to renew our minds, to keep us close to God and much more.
3. Join a local church
God doesn’t intend for you to live as an isolated Christian, he wants you to be part of a family of local followers of Jesus. Look out for a church which teaches from the Bible, where Jesus is worshipped, where the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit are welcomed. Look for a church which is seeking to use its resources and time to serve the needy, to help people become committed followers of Jesus and one which is active in sharing the good news with others. No church is perfect, only God is but the church should be serving the purposes of God and reaching out with the love of Jesus.
4. Be Baptised
Those who believe in and follow Jesus should prepare to be baptised. Jesus said:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
is breathed out by God
2 Timothy 3:16
5. Start Learning
Now you are a follower of Jesus, it’s important that you start learning more about God. Just as Jesus had twelve disciples, so today Jesus has millions all over the world. A disciple simply means a learner, like an apprentice. Now you are apprenticed to Jesus you can be sure he wants to teach you. Your most important source of learning and discovery is the Bible where we can find truth and revelation to help us grow and guard us against false ideas about who God is.
6. Serve Jesus
Now you are a Christian, it’s time to start making the most of the rest of your life. You’re no longer living like everyone else around you, you’re living for Jesus and his mission.
A great way to start serving Jesus is to start to tell others about him. Why not start by writing down the names of four or five friends or family members and committing to pray for them to come to Jesus then share why you have come to believe in Jesus and tell them what he has done for you. Why not send them a link to this website?