First steps in faith
Becoming a follower of Jesus is open to us all. It is a journey that will take you into a more real life than you can imagine. It might not be easy but God will be your protector and your guide.
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God’s nature is to be love. In fact the people who spend most time with Jesus on earth were not shy of saying ‘God is Love’. The love of God is free and has no limit or end. God hates injustice and harshness. What Jesus did on earth demonstrated just how much God cares for poor, oppressed and lonely. So if you’ve had a rough time in life you can start exploring knowing that God cares.
God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins
Exploring following God you are inviting him to take you on a journey, to mould you and make you more Jesus like.This journey of change with Jesus might feel risky at times. The Bible says that you will be safe because God is always faithful to those who are seeking. As authors of this invitation we know that safety and protection to be true. Followers of Jesus all round the world will tell you it is true too if you go and ask them!
One of the first ways people said they were followers was by saying ‘Jesus is Lord’. Three simple words but it was a big risk. They were claiming that Jesus was more powerful than the government. At some point if you choose to become a follower of Jesus you will want to say 'I have faith in Jesus' or something similar. Whatever anyone else says exact words arent this issue here. Faith is the gift of God and its between you and Jesus. We will however throw a party if you want to share!
Beginning is easy. In fact by reading this you are doing it now. Jesus and his followers always responded lovingly to curiosity. They still should do so. We will try hard to help answer your questions. We won’t just answer questions though. We will answer them after asking Jesus what the right advice for you is. As Christians we want to help you meet God in the right way.
We’ve written more than enough for starters. There is much more we could say about the repentance, about baptism, and about redemption. These are words with big complex thinking attached. Everyone has different issues so we’re not going into it here. Some of the resources below do. Reach out to us. We’d love to get to know you and walk the pilgrim road together.Inevitably... we've bolted some links on below which you might want to explore
Explore the Bible using reputable web resources
If you fancy having an explore on your own, then there are lots of good resources. In many ways there is no better place to start than the Bible... Perhaps try reading one of the biographies of Jesus life. The Gospel of Mark is short and punchy. It might only take you a few hours. We recomend using a modern translation for ease of comprehension. Lovely though your Granny's big family bible is, it might not be the best place to start. Look for
To pray is to be seeking the presence of the living God in our life. All prayer begins with crying out. It doesn't have to use language, or be formal. Whether this is very first time, the first time for a long time, or you pray regularly doesn't matter. God hears and sees all. This quote is as true today as it was when it was writen.
Our prayers may be weak, stammering, and poor in our eyes. But if they come from a right heart, God understands them.
If you want to learn more about praying here are some links:
If you think you might fancy some structured help here are some apps and websites