If you just prayed to surrender your life to Christ, we are so excited for you! This is just the beginning of a new relationship with Jesus. The biggest question that people have is often “now what?” Here are a few suggestions to help you:
- Get plugged into a local church. If you live near central Ohio, we invite you to check out a Crossroads.TV Campus. If you don’t live near one of our campuses, find a church that preaches the Bible and start attending regularly.
- Get baptized! There is more information on this site about baptism. This is an important step for your growth as a Christ follower.
- Start reading the Bible. The Bible will help you discover who God really is and why He made you. For more resources on the Bible, click here.
Finding a church can sometimes be a challenge. If you live near Central Ohio, we encourage you to visit one of the Crossroads.TV Campuses. If you don’t live near a Crossroads.TV campus, we encourage you to find one that you can call home.
The good news is that there are so many different styles of churches available to you. You will find that churches vary greatly on music style, facilities, preaching, kid’s ministry and even vision. The most important thing to look for in a church is that the Gospel is being preached regularly, and that what they teach is always based upon the Bible. Style is subjective. God’s Word is not.The best way to find a church is to look up churches near you and then visit their websites. Most churches do a good job of portraying who they are through their website. After that, go and visit some of them. Eventually, you will find one that makes you feel comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time. You should feel welcome and comfortable to be part of that community, while feeling uncomfortable when God’s Word is challenging you to grow. Sometimes, you just know when you’ve come home!
Prayer is how you develop a personal relationship with God. To get to know someone, we talk to them, right? It’s the same with God. Prayer is just another way that we can communicate with Him. More than likely, you have prayed before. If you’ve ever been in a jam and said, “God, if you are real, can you get me out of this?” then you have prayed!
Most people are intimated to pray. Perhaps you’ve heard someone give a really eloquent prayer, and you think that you could never do that. Understand this, prayer is not about saying the perfect words; it’s about developing a real relationship with God. Here are a few suggestions to help you:
- Pray when you wake up. Start by simply thanking God for saving you and for being with you for the day. It doesn’t have to be long, just take a moment to acknowledge God before you begin your day.
- Keep it simple. Jesus said that when we pray, we do not need to keep on babbling with many words (Matthew 6:7). God already knows what you need before you ask. But He still wants to hear from you. He wants to have a relationship like a Father would with His kids. Simply tell Him how you are struggling or what you fear and thank Him for the good stuff!
- When you don’t know what to pray, use Jesus’ Words. If you don’t know what to pray, consider using the words that Jesus taught us in The Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13)
‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
It might seem like a strange thing to be dunked in front of people, but baptism really is a very important step for a new believer. While baptism does not save you, it does have a significant role in our lives. Here are a few reasons why you should get baptized:
- It signifies the decision you have made to follow Christ. It says in Romans 6 that when we are baptized we are identifying with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It’s a way for you to experience in a practical way what Christ did internally in your heart.
- It’s your way to share Jesus with your world. Your decision to follow Jesus is a personal one. You may have made that decision while watching a sermon online or when you were home alone. While your decision to follow Jesus is personal, it’s not private. When you get baptized, it’s an opportunity for Jesus to use your story to share with your friends and family. It gives you an opportunity to share with the people that you care about what you have experienced with Christ.
- It shows you are obedient to Jesus. Jesus commanded us to be baptized (Matt 28:19). It’s a sign of your obedience to Jesus. Jesus Himself was baptized as an example to us. Getting baptized because He asks it of us is a great way to show that you have surrendered your life to Him.
- It’s an experience you will never forget. It really is an amazing experience. It helps you realize what Jesus has done for you, and it is worth celebrating.
If you would like to get baptized at a Crossroads.TV Campus, click here to register.
Someday He might, but sometimes God allows us to go through difficult experiences to teach us to lean on Him for support and guidance. God can use your painful experience to bring you closer. Ultimately, He will provide you with the strength that you need to push through any circumstance or situation you face.
Following Jesus doesn’t mean that you will automatically begin to behave perfectly and won’t ever sin again. You may have spent that last 10, 20 or 30 years of your life developing habits that aren’t healthy. Very rarely will you stop doing those things immediately. That is why Jesus’ grace covers us when we fail, even after we receive Him as our Lord. All we have to do is repent and turn toward Him. The more you take steps toward God, the more He will change you. Remember, this is a lifelong journey. This is why we encourage you to join a local church and get plugged into a small group for support along the way. If you live near Central Ohio and want to find ccGroup or join a ccTeam at a Crossroads.TV campus, click here.
Reading the Bible can feel intimidating. Many times we don’t even know where to start. The important thing is to just get started. You might not understand everything you read, but that’s okay. Just know that each and every time you open the Bible and read, you will begin to be changed! Here are some resources to help you get started: