I made a decision for Jesus
Did you make a decision to follow Jesus?
That’s awesome! Me too.
Now, let’s talk about your story. Your story begins with a response to the Holy Spirit. Your first step is to begin to understand the decision you just made!
If that’s you, then I encourage you to pray this prayer with a sincere faith:
“Jesus, forgive me of my sins. I choose to repent of my old lifestyle, and instead, from this day forward I choose to surrender my life completely to you. Make me new. Change me from the inside out. Clothe me in the righteousness of Jesus. Because I am yours forevermore. In Jesus name, Amen”
If you just surrendered your life to Jesus, the Bible declares that the Angels in heaven are celebrating! …and so are Pastor Ada and myself! And we are praying that this day starts a new life in which, like I had in 1997, you will NEVER be the same! In fact, I encourage you to mark this day and celebrate it annually as your Re-Birth Day!
Now that you have surrendered to Christ, here are 3 simple next steps.
I encourage you to set a time and place to read the Bible and pray (communicate with God) every day. I recommend you begin reading the Bible in the Gospel of John. The YouVersion Bible app is a great way to read the Bible on your phone or tablet, and it also has a lot of great devotionals and resources.
Water baptism is a public declaration of the inward change that has happened in you. At ARISE, we prepare you for baptism through a series of videos to ensure you understand what baptism is and why you are making the decision. For more information about our upcoming baptisms, stop by the Connections Desk and/or check our Events page to register.
As a new or rededicated believer, one of the most impactful ways to deepen your relationship with God is by connecting with other believers who are actively living out their faith. As an easy first step, we encourage you to text “Jesus” to 813-940-5616 to receive a free 21 Day Devotional. Next, join the Next Steps Experience followed by a Discipleship Group. Groups make a big church feel small! Discipleship groups are video-based teachings that walk through the essentials of Christian living.
Also, please let me know that you just made the decision to give your life to Christ by filling out the form below.
Pastor Ada and I are so excited and honored to be a small part of your “Re-birth Day.” Our whole Arise team is praying for you and are here for you as you take these first steps in your new life.
-Pastor Brent Simpson