I've Met Jesus...What's Next?
Congratulations! You have made the best and most important decision of your life in making Jesus your Lord. Although you may not feel like it, you are now a new person. The Holy Spirit has come into your heart to be your Helper and Guide. You may have said the salvation prayer and meant it with all your heart and yet you don’t feel any different. Don’t go by how you feel. The Bible says that you are now God’s child. Along with eternal life, there are many benefits to being a child of God. You will find peace, joy, forgiveness, healing and much more.
Now that you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, you may be asking, “What’s Next?”
Here are some instructions to help you start your new life:
1. Tell Someone
•Tell someone about your decision to follow Christ. Telling another Christian what happened to you is great because they will celebrate your decision with you.
•Other Christians may be able to answer any question you have.
- If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please contact us and let us rejoice with you. We will also be able to help you in your daily walk with Jesus.
2. Get a Bible
•You need a Bible in a translation easy for you to understand. They are available just about anywhere, even big discount stores.
•There are many good versions out today.
•You should start reading in the New Testament in the book of John, the fourth book of the New Testament.
•Fight the urge to start at the beginning of the Bible. The first half of the Bible is the Old Testament and the second half is the New Testament. The Old Testament, although very interesting, is harder to understand and would be better to read later in your walk with Christ.
•When you read the Bible, pray and ask God to speak to you through it. Read slowly and think about what you are reading. It’s not important how much you are reading, but it is important to read some everyday.
•The Bible is God’s Word written to you, and is one of the ways He speaks to you.
•Prayer in an important part of your Christian walk. The word prayer just means communicating with God. Talk to Him. He is always ready to listen to you, and He cares about what you care about.
•When you spend time speaking to Him, make sure you spend some time listening. He will speak to you through your spirit, where the Holy Spirit now resides. You may not hear an audible voice, but a small voice inside you. You also may read something in the Bible that just speaks to you.
•God will never say anything to you that goes against His Word (the Bible). If you think that God has spoken something to you, make sure it lines up with the Bible. If you find that is hard to do, ask a Christian friend to help you.
4. Find a Bible-Believing Church
•By going to church, you will hear the Bible being taught, and that will help you understand it. You will get to know the Lord better.
•Church is a great place to meet new friends with Jesus as their Lord. You will also find people who have been Christians for a long time, who can answer your questions and pray for you.
•Finding a good church can be a little hard. Ask the Lord to show you where to go to church. You’re looking for a place that teaches the Bible, not just their doctrine.
•If you know anyone else who goes to church, find out where they go.
•If you go to one church for a while and don’t feel like it is right for you, find another one. You will find where God wants you.
•When you find the right church, go to a Bible study, Sunday school class, or any meeting that appeals to you. You will learn more about the Lord and get to know other Christians.
•Pray about becoming a member of the church and finding a place of service and ministry.
5. Get Baptized
•You may have been brought up in a church where you were baptized as a baby, but the Bible says to be baptized after you believe in Jesus as your Savior. Babies can’t do that.
•Baptism is an outward symbol of what has happened to you on the inside. When you got saved you became a new person on the inside. When you go into the water, it is like going into it as the old person and coming out as a new person. When you go to a good church they will teach you more about that.
•Some churches have a tank in the church, some go to a public pool or a river or a lake. It really doesn’t matter where the water is or what type of baptism is right for you as long as you are baptized.
Scripture References: The New King James Version
Romans 10:9-10 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.””
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”