What should I do now that I’ve decided to follow Jesus?

You’ve just made the most important commitment a person can make in life. If you have placed your faith in Jesus, and decided to follow him, you have experienced what the Bible calls a “new birth.” And just like you have a physical birthday, you have a spiritual birthday - the day you became a Christian and began your walk with God.

One of your questions may be, “What do I do now?” Here’s some information to help jump start your journey.

Now that you are a Christian, your life is different. You may not feel like a Christian every day, but following Jesus is not based on feelings. It’s based on the fact that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and that you have a relationship with him.

1 John 5:11-13 says that God wants you to be sure of your salvation. Take a moment to look up that verse in your Bible and think about what it means.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” God always keeps His promises and He never goes back on his word.

A promise is only as good as the person who makes it, and you can trust God. I Corinthians 1:9 says, “God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” God will do what He said He will do. He’s reliable and trustworthy. He will not change his mind and kick you out of the family.

When you became a Christian, God sent His Spirit to live in your heart. Ephesians 1:13-14 says that the Spirit is like a contractual seal. In Bible days, an official seal was placed on a contract between people to guarantee that it was legitimate. God puts the seal of His Spirit on your life as proof that he will honor his part of the deal.

Once you truly become a Christian, you cannot lose your salvation, and God will not take it back. You are part of his family, and He will never disown you. Once saved...always saved. You might still sin, because you are not perfect. You may have questions, doubts and concerns, but rest assured that if you have truly committed your life to God, then you are a Christian.


Tell Someone

People love to tell good news. If you get a new job, have a new baby, or get married, that’s probably news that you want to share. People don’t keep good news to themselves.

In that same way, becoming a Christian is exciting news, and you should be excited to tell others right away. Your life has been changed by God. Think about how important that is, and think about how many people need to hear about it. God wants to use you to help others know about Him. In John 1:40-42, a man named Andrew met Jesus. His first reaction was to run and tell his brother. He didn’t know a lot about Jesus...he didn’t have all the facts or all of the answers, he just told others that his life had been changed.

Right now, you can tell others about Jesus. You don’t have to be a pastor or a missionary. In fact, God wants all Christians to be active in sharing their faith. This is called evangelism or witnessing.

A witness just tells the judge and jury what he heard or saw. A Christian is called to tell others what God has done in their life. You can do this by sharing your testimony. Your testimony is your unique story of how you became a Christian. The apostle Paul shared his testimony with others – you can read about that in Acts 22:3-21.

A testimony has three basic parts:

  • Your life before becoming a Christian

  • How you became a Christian

  • What God has done or is doing in your life now.

Take a moment and think through those three areas. You may even want to take out a sheet of paper or open up a blank document on the computer and write out your story.

One the best ways to tell people about your new faith is to invite them to church. So much of what we do on Sunday is designed for guests. We want everyone in our area to know about the grace and forgiveness that comes from God. You can partner with us to lead people from where they are to where God wants them to be by simply inviting them to church. 

Talk to God

If you want to get to know someone, you could read about them. But you might also want to talk to them. God wants to have a relationship with you – one that is real and one that is personal. The Bible is full of invitations for you to talk to God. You don’t have to pick up a phone, or send an e-mail...you can talk to the very creator of the universe right now where you are.

Prayer is simply talking to God. You don’t have to use big words or flowery language. You don’t have to know fancy terms. You can talk to God just like you would talk to any friend. In fact, as a Christian, God is your Father and your Friend!

In Mark 1:35, we read about Jesus himself praying to the Father. Imagine that! If Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we need to talk to God? So, how do you do it?

Prayer is just talking to God. It’s a two- way, direct-connect, with no long distance charges. It’s a child talking to a father, and the ultimate phone-a-friend. Read the sidebar on the right side of the next page to guide you.

Get Connected

Just like a football player needs a team, a Christian needs a church. In Matthew 16:17, Jesus said that he would build the church. The church was important to Jesus. The church was important to the first Christians who risked everything to meet together. Right now, in some places in the world, it is against the law to attend church...so Christians meet secretly, with the threat of punishment or death hanging over their heads. The church is important. You need to connect yourself to the body of Christ (a Biblical term for the church). The church is like the human body and each person serves an important part. 

Everyone needs to be involved for the church to function properly.
The church is not made up of perfect people, or good people, or religious people...it’s made up of people who have decided to follow Jesus – people like you.

So, why be involved with church?

You’ll Grow In Your Christian Faith

Athletes need practice and coaching, and so do Christians. God has placed spiritual leaders in the church who will help you grow closer to God. You’ll hear God’s Word explained, and you’ll have a chance to worship God alongside other Christians. You’ll be part of that team, all working together. The church will provide you opportunities to learn more about Jesus and grow in your faith.

God Made You A Relational Person

It’s healthy to do things with other people – to have friends. In the Christian life, it is no different. You need to develop relationships with people who are going through the same things as you. The church can do that. You’ll get to know others who will encourage you and not tear you down. You’ll share life experiences in a small group. In fact, Hebrews 10:26 teaches us that we should not miss out on meeting with other Christians. This is the reason that we have a small group ministry. In Journey Groups, you’ll connect with others like you and share life experiences, discuss God’s Word and pray for each other. We all need these relationships in our lives.

Read the Bible

As a new Christian, probably one of the most important things you can do is to read and study the Bible. The Bible is the inspired, 100% accurate and true Word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is living and active. It’s more than a collection of stories or words on a page...it is the very Word of God for our lives today. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that “All scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living.”

  • When you read the Bible, God will show you things about Himself.
  • When you read the Bible, God will show you things in your life that need to change.
  • When you read the Bible, God will teach you what it means to be a Christ- follower.
  • When you read the Bible you’ll get a better understanding of your purpose in life.

I want to encourage you to spend time each day reading God’s Word during some quiet time.

Don’t get confused by all the different covers and translations out there – find a Bible that you can read and understand. One of the most popular translations is The New International Version (NIV). At Pipeline Church, we use The New Living Translation (NLT) quite a bit. You can find both of these at a bookstore or on the Internet. Biblegateway.com and eBible.com are two great sites where you can search and read God’s Word. But remember, the Bible cannot help you if it sits on a table or in the back seat of a car. If you don’t have a Bible, let someone at Oak Leaf Church know and we’ll get one for you.

If you’ve never read the Bible before, start reading in the book of John. It’s in the New Testament, and is the story of the life of Jesus. Another option is the 30-day reading plan that we’ve included at this end of this handout.

Psalm 1:1 encourages us to meditate on the Bible. In fact, that verse teaches that you life will be blessed if you meditate on God’s Word. Don’t let that word meditate confuse you. David Nasser says that meditating on the Bible is like marinating. Just like we let a steak or a chicken breast soak in a great marinade, we think on God’s Word and let it soak into our lives.

As you read the Bible, underline words or phrases that stick out. Think about what it really means. Write questions down and seek answers. Memorize key verses, and think about God’s Word as you go throughout the day.

Most importantly, start reading. If you’ve got time to read this, you’ve got time to read God’s Word. Enter Text Here

30 Days with Jesus Bible Reading Plan

  1. Jesus Foretold Isaiah 53
  2. The Birth of Jesus Matthew 1:18–25
  3. John the Baptist Matthew 3:1—4:11
  4. Water to Wine & the Samaritan John 2:1–11; John 4:1–26
  5. Jesus Rejected in his Hometown Luke 4:14–30
  6. Jesus Calls his Disciples Luke 5:1–11
  7. Sermon on the Mount Luke 6:17–46
  8. Three Stories Matthew 8:1–13
  9. Encounters With the Pharisees Matthew 12:1–13; 22–45
  10. Parable of the Sower and the Seed Matthew 13:1–43
  11. Jesus Calms the Storm Mark 6:45–56
  12. Jesus Heals a Man, Woman and Girl Mark 5:1–43
  13. Feeding of the 5000 John 6:1–14
  14. Peter Identifies the Christ Luke 9:18–27; Luke 17:1–8
  15. Healing by Faith Mark 9: 14–32
  16. Teachings and Parables Matthew 17:24—18:20
  17. Teachings and Parables Matthew 18:21—19:15
  18. The Rich Young Ruler Mark 10:17–31
  19. Disciples Sent Out Luke 10:1–24
  20. The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25–37
  21. Jesus Teaches how to Pray Luke 11:1–13
  22. Jesus Revives Lazarus John 11:1–44
  23. Jesus Comes to Jerusalem Matthew 21:1–27
  24. The Last Supper John 13:1–17
  25. Comfort for the Disciples John 14–15
  26. Jesus Arrested and Disowned Matthew 26:36–75
  27. Jesus’ Trial John 18:19—19:16
  28. Jesus Crucifixion and Death John 19:17–42
  29. Jesus’ Resurrection and Appearances John 20–21
  30. The Great Commission and Ascension Matthew 28:16–20 

You Need To Serve

The church is not just a place where you come and sit...it’s a place where you can come to serve. The church is a great place to serve God. You have gifts and abilities that can help the body. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus said that the mission of the church was to “go and make disciples.” You can get involved with that mission right here. Find a place where you can use your specific gifts, talents and abilities to make a difference. When we serve others, we realize that it’s not all about us. What specific area needs you?

Be Different

Statistics tell us that there isn’t any practical difference between Christians and non-Christians. Today, Christians are getting divorced just as fast as those who are not Christians. Most Christians live lives just like everybody else. So, here’s the big question...

If you have given your life to Christ, and you are now a Christ-follower, is there something different about your life? Or are you really just like everyone else, with the minor exception of going to church every now and then. As a Christian, our lives ought to be radically different! We are not in charge of our lives – Jesus is.

The Bible says that Jesus ought to be Savior and Lord. Nearly everyone wants a savior. If you’re drowning – you certainly want someone to save you. Most people would be interested in getting all they can from Jesus. But there’s a huge difference between making him Savior and making him Lord.

Philippians 2:12 says that one day “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus means that you willingly make him the boss of your life. He’s not riding in the car with you...he’s driving the car. He’s not the co-pilot; he’s the pilot. He is large and in charge.

In John 13:13, Jesus asked a very important question...”why do you call me teacher and Lord and NOT DO WHAT I SAY?” He created you...He saved you....He gives you all sorts of blessings...He has earned the right to be your Lord. How can we be considered faithful followers of Jesus, yet be disobedient in various areas of our lives? Does Jesus have control of your life, or are you playing Christian?

Here is the best part. When Jesus is Lord, you’ll have unexplainable peace from God. You’ll rest in the fact that He is in charge. You won’t worry as much. You won’t be as restless because you know that the very creator of the universe is in the driver’s seat... and He knows the way.