Have you made a decision to follow Jesus? If so, you’ve made the most important commitment one can make in their life! If you have placed your faith in Jesus, and decided to follow him, you have a “new life” (Romans 6:4) and have been completely transformed (2 Corinthians 5:17)! One of your questions may be, “... what now?”
Below is a guide to help you on your journey.
Remember, your walk with Jesus is a lifetime adventure. You don’t need to perform or pretend. Just take one step at a time.
1. Tell Someone
Don't keep this good news to yourself! Tell someone about the decision you made to follow Jesus and why. This is called your testimony.
2. Get Baptized
Baptism is an outward testimony of what has occurred inwardly in a believer’s life. Christian baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It’s a public declaration of your spiritual transformation. You can click here to find our next upcoming Baptism Sunday, learn more, and get registered for baptism!
3. Read the Bible
One way to get to know the Lord, and learn how to live for Him is to read His word. We encourage you to learn about Jesus by starting with our 30 Day reading plan. Be sure to choose a translation of the Bible that you can understand.
4. Talk to God
Another way to deepen your relationship with God is by talking to Him. This is called prayer. God wants a personal relationship with you, and you strengthen any relationship through consistent communication. Talk to God, and listen for His responses… You might not hear an audible voice; but He speaks through His word, through your circumstances, and through other people.
5. Live for Jesus
What does it mean to live for Jesus? It means surrendering to His leadership in your life - every single day and in every single way. Admittedly, some days are much easier than others, and sometimes we need a reminder that Jesus has already done the hard part. We honor the Lord’s table at Cumberland each Sunday - as a reminder of our dependence on the Lord.
You can discover more about what it means to live for Jesus in our 5-week course, Knowing and Growing in Christ. Click here to see when our next class is coming up, and get registered!
6. Keep going to Church
Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It’s important that you continue to grow in your understanding and application of the Word by listening to teaching and preaching. At some point, you’ll need to commit to a local church family.
We invite you to do that at Cumberland by signing up for our class: All In at Cumberland. Check Here to see when the next All In class is being held.
7. Join a Community Group
One of the best parts of following Jesus is that you instantly become part of a spiritual family. You have brothers and sisters in Christ who are on the same journey as you! This walk with Jesus requires a lot of support and encouragement. Joining a Community Group is one way to connect with other members of the church. You can be known and cared for by a core group of friends.
Email Megan to get the process started!
8. Serve in a Ministry
The church is a living body, and you are a significant part of this body. God has given you passions, gifts, talents, and abilities that are meant to serve His church and the community (1 Peter 4:10). There are many ways you can plug in and use your gifts here at Cumberland. Click here to see the different ways you can serve. Joining a ministry team is yet another way to belong and get closer to other church members.
9. Invite Someone to Church
One simple way to share your new faith with others is to invite them to church. By doing this, you’re partnering with Cumberland in our mission to point people to the Gospel of Jesus. We want everyone in our community to know about the love, grace, and forgiveness that comes from God. One invitation can change someone’s life!
10. Make New Disciples
You don’t have to know it all - just share what you do know with someone. In fact, Jesus expects that all of His disciples would make other disciples. This is called the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). We are to spend our lives cooperating with God’s redemptive work, and encouraging others with the good news of Jesus!