We are very excited that you want to become a follower of Jesus Christ!
Your first step in following Jesus means acknowledging Him as God. You also need to realize that you are a sinner in need of a savior. We can't save ourselves from God's punishment, but Jesus can and did! Jesus lived a perfect life that we could never live. He died a death that we deserved, but three days later He rose from the dead...paying for our sins!
Do you believe this?
A follower of Jesus named Paul once wrote, "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). There's no magical formula that can make you a follower of Jesus, but here is a guide for a prayer to begin your life of following Him:
I confess that I am a sinner.
I believe that your Son, Jesus, died and came back to life to get rid of my sin. I can live now and in the future in peace with God.
I receive God's healing and forgiveness through Jesus.
I will try to live in accordance to God's word.
I will seek the guidance of God's Holy Spirit and the community of believers (the church) to understand the Bible.
I want to live the kind of life of love Jesus would have me to live.
If by God's mercy and grace He chooses to save you, His Holy Spirit will empower you to understand and live out Christ's teachings (1 Corinthians 2:14-16). Jesus said: "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32).
By choosing to follow Jesus, you become part of Christ's body. Paul wants you to understand that you serve a purpose within Jesus' body, and everyone who follows Jesus has unique gifts to help the church accomplish its mission (1 Corinthians 12:15–20, 27).
Not everyone's relationship with Jesus looks the same. Your path as a follower of Jesus may not be the same as your friend's, and that's okay.
Here are some practical things that can help you follow Jesus:
- Bible study: studying God's Word and applying it to your life.
- Prayer: listening and talking to God.
- Meditation: reflecting and centering on aspects of Jesus and your relationships with him.
- Journaling: keeping a written record of your prayer, reading, and meditation with reflections on your growing spiritual life.
- Fasting: setting aside time by not eating, not watching TV, or whatever you choose, to give more time to spiritual disciplines.
- Celebration and Worship: praising, honoring and offering yourself to God in private and group worship.
- Group Discernment and Accountability: voluntary sharing with a group of fellow believers about your life. The group can help you figure out direction with decisions and help to hold you accountable in accordance with scriptures.
- Confession: Confessing your sins to God and to those you have wronged, asking forgiveness.
- Service: giving time, talents and yourself to others.
- Solitude: periods of silence away from people and other distractions.
- Giving and Tithing: offering gifts and financial resources to the work of God's kingdom.
- Simplicity: learning to focus only on our needs, not our desires.
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May God bless you as you begin your new journey!