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What it Means to Follow Jesus

Congratulations! We are so excited about the decision you just made to follow Jesus. It truly is the best decision you will ever make. A life with Jesus isn’t a life free of troubles, but it is a life full of freedom. The troubles you face don't have to hold you hostage. You have an unshakeable hope that you are anchored to, and that hope has a name — Jesus. 

Jesus promises to be with you every step of the way, and he is for you, and he loves you.

While this decision to follow Jesus was made in a moment, the journey with him will be for a lifetime. We are not meant to walk through life alone, so we wrote five devotionals to get you started. You'll see topics on the Bible, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and what it means to have a new life.

There is so much to learn about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian, and we couldn’t possibly fit all that into five blog posts. But our prayer is that these five topics would be significant and meaningful tools to help you get off to a great start. Keep scrolling to start reading.

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Why is the Bible important?

The Bible is a book made up of 66 smaller books, with over 40 different authors, and was written over a period of 1500 years. God inspired every word written. This book of scripture is one way that we can hear from God; one way that we can interact with him.

You will undoubtedly have questions as you read the Bible. You may want to know the context and the time period and how one book of the Bible relates to another book of the Bible. You might find certain passages that are confusing and seem to contradict other passages. You may read stories in the Old Testament and wonder how they apply to your life today. 

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from old to new

One night when I asked my daughters to get ready for bed, my youngest returned with her nightgown on. The problem was, she just put it on top of the outfit she had worn all day. She didn't need another layer of clothes—she needed a new, fresh outfit! Throwing her nightgown on top of dirty clothes was pointless. The same is true when you commit your life to Jesus— it's not just a layer of clean that you put on top of the dirty. It's a new set of clothing, a new outfit that is different from what you have been wearing your whole life. There is a verse in 2 Corinthians that says, "Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The moment you decided to follow Jesus, you received the gift of eternal life. That means you have been saved by grace, and there is nothing you can do that will separate you from the love of God (Ephesians 2:-9). Jesus came to this earth with the purpose of dying, so that you and I might have a full, abundant life. His life's goal was to sacrifice his life for each of us, even while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Isn't it amazing to think that as Jesus hung on the cross, you were on his mind? What a Savior!

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religion or relationship?

You may have heard the saying, "It's not a religion; it's a relationship." But what does that mean? How do you have a relationship with someone you can't see? 

First, you should know that God loves you and wants to be with you (Isaiah 7:14). He doesn't need you. He doesn't merely want to use you. He wants to know you, and he wants you to know him. As you grow closer to him, you'll discover that you were made on purpose for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10), but it all starts with a relationship with him first.

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what (or who) is the Holy Spirit?

God is one being, with three forms — kind of like water. Water can be liquid, gaseous, and solid in form. All are water, but they are each unique in their role. All three forms of God make up the Trinity — God, the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is described as our Comforter, our source of wisdom, our Helper, our Guide.

In the Old Testament (before God sent Jesus into the world to rescue us), God spoke to people through prophets. The prophets were a special group of people who would hear from God in dreams or visions and then were tasked to take those messages to the people. Sometimes hundreds of years would pass before the prophets had a new message to share.

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Where do I fit into God's family?

Every person is born with a need to belong. The first place that happens is in our family. Every child longs to know they have a place in their family, and that they matter. They start out by receiving everything — food, clothing, comfort — and then as they grow, they become less dependent and are given more freedom and responsibilities. The same is true for believers in the family of God.

We know connected people grow. While staying connected to Jesus is so important to our personal growth, it doesn't stop there. We were created to live in communities with others. Our relationships with others are vital in our growth, too. It's in those relationships where we get to practice and apply all that we are learning in our time spent with Jesus. 

An important way to stay connected is through a local church. Most of us live in communities with several different churches, and it may be hard to know how to find a good fit. Finding a church can feel a lot like dating — sometimes it gets weird, and sometimes it goes better than you thought it would. It may take several attempts to find a church that's a great fit.

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