“I was invited by someone to a Christian event. I went and had a great time and met new people. I was asked to come to the front and accept Jesus. I did all that. Now what?”
You are probably here because of a somewhat similar scenario as what was posted above. Someone may have directed you to this page because you have recently accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. We want to commend you for that and we welcome you and congratulate you for making the best decision you could ever make in your life.
You may have a lot of questions and definitely a lot of thoughts. We want to encourage you to read through the pages below and make sense of what had just happened in your life.
What just happened to me?
Don’t worry—every Christian has wondered exactly the same thing. It is important to know what happens when you encounter God and what it means to believe in Jesus Christ because understanding these things will help you in living the rest of your life as a faithful follower of Christ.
You may have put your trust in God for salvation in a church, your home, a friend’s house, or somewhere else. Perhaps someone helped you by sharing the Good News of Christ to you. Where it happened and who it happened with is not as important as the fact that it happened! You felt a need that no one but God could address, learned that Jesus Christ can and will help you if you trust Him, and—in one way or another—called out to Him to become a part of your day-to-day life. You might still be wondering, “What just happened to me?”
To put it simply, 2 things have happened:
1. Jesus Christ
2. You have been
We call this personal encounter you had with God where you trusted Him with your life “salvation”. To have received salvation from God means that you are now “saved.”
“Saved from what? Why do you need to be saved? What do you need to be saved from?”
God wants you to know three simple things regarding salvation:
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned”—sadly, that includes you and me. The Bible also says that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). The kind of death that the Bible speaks of is both spiritual and physical in nature, and it will last for all eternity.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”Romans 3:23 (NIV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23 (NIV)
What do I do now?
As far as your natural birth is concerned, you might be an adult, teenager, or child, but as far as your new spiritual birth, you are still a baby. You have received new life, but it’s only the beginning.
The next few days are crucial for your spiritual growth, because you will be establishing the pattern for how you will live the rest of your life. It is guaranteed that you will grow spiritual strength and maturity if you follow each following suggestion carefully.
Isn’t it tragic when, because of physical affliction or lack of proper nourishment, a child fails to mature mentally and remains a baby for the entirety of his or her life? It is even more tragic when a person becomes a child of God through salvation and fails to grow up spiritually. This doesn’t have to happen to you. If you follow these suggestions, you can become a strong, mature Christian.
“It is even more tragic when a person becomes a child of God through salvation and fails to grow up spiritually.”
You might be wondering to yourself, “What will cause me to grow spiritually?” The answer is simple: the Bible, prayer, witnessing, regular fellowship attendance, and obedience.
How you feed upon the words of the Bible will determine the kind of Christian you will turn out to be. Get in the habit of reading the Bible every day.
“Get in the habit of reading the Bible every day.”
The simplest way to describe prayer is that it is basically conversing with God in the name of His Son. It is important to set apart time from your day to connect with God through prayer. Talk to God as you would a friend, for He is your Best Friend. Don’t worry about using flowery language, for God is more concerned about you having the right attitude when you approach Him.
“Talk to God as you would a friend, for He is your Best Friend.”
Sharing the message
Tell others—your parents, siblings, friends, schoolmates, co-workers—what has happened to you. A witness is someone who testifies about something he or she has learned, seen, and/or encountered. If you have experienced that Jesus Christ is all-satisfying, let others know about it too. Witnessing is one way you can introduce Jesus Christ to those in your social circle.
“If you have experienced that Jesus Christ is all-satisfying, let others know about it too.”
Regular Fellowship Attendance
If you take a live coal from the fireplace and put it by itself, it will soon go out. In a similar way, Christians need the encouragement of other Christians. Hearing the Word of God together, praying with and for others, singing praises to God together, and bonding with your brothers and sisters in Christ will help you grow spiritually.
“Christians need the encouragement of other Christians.”
When God asks you to do or to refrain from doing something, it is important to obey quickly. Jesus is not only your Saviour, He is also your Master. A rule of thumb when deciding on whether to do or refrain from doing something is asking yourself if it will be pleasing to God.
“A rule of thumb when deciding on whether to do or refrain from doing something is asking yourself if it will be pleasing to God.”
You probably still have questions after reading through this page. No worries, we would love for you to come and visit us in one of our Sunday services. We encourage you to ask questions and really know more about your new-found faith in Jesus.
If you are not comfortable visiting us on Sundays, you can definitely ask us your questions online.