We are thrilled that you have connected with us. We specialize in making authentic Christ followers, and live to see this become a reality in peoples’ lives. We’re even more thrilled that you accepted Christ. That was the greatest decision you will ever make in your life. You walked into your destiny and purpose, and your life will never be the same. Your transformation has begun. So, here are a few things that happened to you:
Many Wonderful Benefits
The first thing that happened is you became born again. That’s not religious spam. It’s truth. You became a new person when you invited Christ into your heart according to 2 Corinthians 5:17. It says:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The second thing that happened is God forgave all your sins. See Ephesians 1:7. He no longer remembers that you ever sinned. The precious blood of His dear Son, Jesus Christ, atones for every one of your sins, past, present, and future. He literally wiped your slate clean.
The third thing that happened is you became a citizen of the kingdom of God. Colossians 1:13 says, Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: As a kingdom citizen, you have certain rights and benefits. As you mature in Christ, you will learn how valuable your kingdom citizenship is.
In order to begin that journey of maturity, you should join a life group and attend our Saltmakers 360 discipleship classes. This is a 20-week course designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
Here’s what you will receive from connecting with our church:
- Strong biblical teaching. Strong biblical teaching is critical for several reasons. In 1 Peter 2:2 (KJV), it says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” You need the Word of God like a new baby needs milk. You cannot develop correctly without strong biblical teaching.
- Fellowship with other Christians. You need other believers’ loving and godly influence in your life. If you socialize with your unsaved friends, they will cause you to indulge in activities that are not conducive to spiritual growth. Here’s the warning the Bible gives on this point: “Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character,” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (AMP).
- Instructions on Bible studying. You will need an easy to understand Bible and Vines Expository Dictionary. You can purchase both on your phone or tablet if you choose. We encourage you to read your Bible daily alongside your Vines Dictionary — preferably in the morning. A good starting place is the gospel of John.
- Instructions on prayer. You’ll learn that prayer is talking to God like a close friend, then getting quiet and allowing Him to speak to you. You will learn how to hear and recognize His voice inside you. His voice will become familiar to you.
You will receive many other great benefits from being connected to Christ and us. Once again, welcome to the family of God and ours.