Following Jesus is when you stop (or surrender) doing life your way and start doing life God’s way. It’s when you retire from being the boss of your life and let Jesus be the new CEO. God made us and gave us a “user’s guide” (or “instruction manual”) called the Bible so we’d know how to best live. We often live however we want doing “whatever feels good” but God wants us to live according to his will revealed in his Word. Removing restraint from your life (living however YOU want) may seem like an exciting adventure, but it inevitably leads to tragedy. It’s a lot like removing the brakes from your car. That may be daring and filled with thrills for a while, but injury is certain. Take away the brakes and your life, like your car, is transformed into an unguided missile-destined for disaster.
Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” It may seem natural at times to do whatever we please, but that leads to death in this life and in the life to come. Living God’s way leads to a fulfilled life now, and eternal life later. Since God made you he has every right to instruct you how to live. Only He knows what’s truly best for you. Following Jesus is all about coming to that realization – that God knows best since he made you. From that realization comes a changed life. How? You start living by God’s standards and God’s guidelines for your life instead of your own. This pleases God and benefits you. You will always have an internal void, an emptiness in your soul, when you live life for your own pleasure, rather than for God’s.
What’s next? The Bible shows us that when people made a decision to follow Jesus, they got baptized. We want to encourage you to consider baptism as your next step in becoming a follower of Jesus. Click HERE if you are interested in getting baptized, just let us know.
We really care about getting you off to a strong start in your walk of faith. We have set up some online lessons for you that will help answer many of the questions you might be having right now (it is okay to have questions). The lessons are not long at all and you can continue at your own pace. Follow this link to the online lessons: eDiscipleship.net Click on the “Free Sign Up” button and enter your information to gain access.
One of the most important steps to take as a follower of Jesus is to start reading his story and teachings in the Bible. We have two options available for getting a free Bible.
Free Online & Mobile Bible
You can get to a Bible right now through your web browser or mobile device. YouVersion.com is a free online and mobile Bible that has many different language and english translations, reading plans, and more. To get started click below to go to either the web site or get the mobile Bible for your phone. Download a Free Mobile Bible
Free Bible on Sunday
On Sunday mornings we have free Bibles available for anyone that desires one. One is included in every first time gift bag. Just ask a Host Team member if you did not receive one.
Free Book by Mail
Fill out the information on our online form and we will mail you a copy of “The Next Step in Your Journey” for FREE! This book will give you everything you need to know to begin your journey to becoming a fully devoted follower of Jesus. Click HERE to get your FREE book!