I've chosen to follow Jesus - what do I do now?
Relationship with God - Prayer
This is the start of your relationship with God.
Prayer: Prayer is communication with God. The more we communicate, the stronger a relationship is. Jesus gave us a format for prayer, its called 'The Lord's Prayer'. It is in the Bible, in the book of Matthew:
Our Father in heaven, holy be your name.
Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Personal prayer: You can use this format. But, as this is a personal relationship - use your own words. Tell God whatever is on your heart.
Prayer is not just about asking for things - its is also about being thankful, praising God and listening to Him.
Getting to know God - the Bible
The Bible: is our best way of getting to know God. It is His word, available to us so we can know Him.
Start reading it, before you do, pray and ask God to reveal to you what He is saying through the part you read.
The gospels: It is best to start with one of the four gospels - these are the first four books of the New Testament that tell us about the life of Jesus. (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). Read all four. Find out all you can from them about Jesus.
Bible Translations: There are many different translations of the Bible available. It was originally written in Hebrew & Greek. Read a translation that you enjoy and can understand. Try different translations to see which you prefer. Good ones to start with are the New Living Translation, the Good News Bible or the Message.
Websites & Apps: There are lots of different websites and mobile applications that can help you in reading the Bible. Two good & free to use ones are Bible Gateway and Bible: Youversion. Try them. They have daily reading plans that are very helpful.
Become part of a community - Church
Become part of a community: Church is a community of people who have chosen to follow Jesus. There are many different churches around. It is vital to be part of one, as we grow much better in community. It's like a seed being planted in good soil.
Church: When looking for a church, go to one that is:
- local (easy to get to and be part of)
- has Jesus as its most important focus
- values the Bible as the word of God
- displays God's love
- looks outward to its local communities
- will help you to grow in your relationship with God.
Finding a church: There are different ways of finding a church. You could ask someone you know who is a Christian. Or you can use a website such as http://www.findachurch.co.uk/
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