We are all born with a sin nature. Because of our sin, we are unable to have a relationship with God without forgiveness.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 NLT
We must accept this free gift from God by committing our lives and heart to Jesus.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NLT
Follow up your decision to follow Christ with baptism. Baptism is a public celebration of your decision to follow Christ and a meaningful next step!
We can’t earn God’s forgiveness – it must be given. Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could be forgiven.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 NLT
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NLT
Baptism is an outward expression of the inward change that has taken place. It demonstrated that you’ve placed your faith in Jesus, and it represents the change from your old sinful life to your new life in Christ.
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:4 NLT
How Do I Grow My Faith?
Accepting Jesus is the beginning of your relationship. Like any other relationship, if you invest in it, it will grow! Here are ways that you can grow your faith and relationship with God.
The Bible is God’s written Word, uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit. It bears unerring witness to Jesus Christ, the living Word. It is the trustworthy record of God’s revelation, completely truthful in all it affirms. It has been faithfully preserved and proves itself true in human experience.
Download the Bible App and find a Bible reading plan to help you make the Bible part of your everyday life.
If you’re unsure of where to start reading. The Next Steps in Following Jesus reading plan in a great starting point
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalms 119:105 NLT
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 NLT
Simply put, prayer is conversation with God. Through prayer we can share with God, and ask Him for help.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6 NLT
Taking the time to listen to God is powerful. Like any other relationship, it can’t be one-sided. We need to listen to what God is saying to us through his presence all around us. Learn to notice His voice and listen to His direction for you.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 NLT
When we recognize God, we are worshipping Him. When we pray, serve, praise, give, or help others build their faith, we are engaging in worship.
Honor the lord for the glory of his name.Worship the lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalms 29:2 NLT