Where Do I Start?
Exploring religion is hard. Good thing you’ve come here.
The following Q and A will be helpful in understanding the foundations of Faith and how it applies to our lives.
Who is Jesus?
Why did he die?
What is sin?
What does this mean for my life?
For you to come to God, you have to get rid of your sin problem. But, not one of us can do this by ourselves! We are human; we make mistakes.
The first step toward undoing the sin in our lives is accepting God’s love. HE LOVES YOU. But, it is up to you to accept His gifts of grace and mercy.
All you have to do is just talk to Him. It’s that easy.
It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to Heaven. You can’t earn it. It’s a free gift.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Once you begin talking to God, He shows you how he has been working in your life and the lives of those around you. He shows you the next step…
How can I start knowing God personally?
I don’t feel like I deserve God’s grace, so what do I do?
The sad truth is, none of us do. We all fall short of being righteous enough for God. The good news is…. God sent His Son so that our sins are paid for through Jesus.
So what does this mean for you?
It means you are welcome to have a relationship with God no matter what you have said, done, experienced, or lived through. He loves us all; we are all equal in his eyes!
Don’t hesitate, begin learning about God and talking to Him today. He is patient and will always be there for you.
What if I’ve never looked through the Bible?
Now that I know God is there for me, what’s next?
How can I tell if God is working in my life?
The easiest way to notice God is to list your blessings. Once you have a count of them, no matter how big or small, you will know which areas to watch for change and growth.
It is very easy to be overwelmed by life, so its important for us to be intentional in seeking God. If you take 5 minutes a day to be calm, think about those areas that may be developing, and have an heartfelt conversation (aka prayer) with God, you will be surprised. All of a sudden you will begin to notice odd instances that stand out to you. That’s God’s hand at work for you.
I know I am saved, but I still don’t feel as close as other Christians I see.
Am I praying right?
Any time you confess your heart’s true feelings to God, he listens. But, if you want a little direction, try this sample prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died to make me a better person; a new creation. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins, and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone. I accept you wholly. Thank you for loving me. Amen.”
How will I know which church is right for me?
How will I know which choice is righteous or God’s plan for me?
The best way to learn about how God wants us to be and is to immerse ourselves in the Bible. It is densely packed, but with dedication, it is easily the best tool we have.
What if I have more questions?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.