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Im a Christian, Now What?

The Apostles Creed by J.I. Packer The Prodigal God by Tim Keller If you are rededicating your life to Jesus, read Do You Love Me? by Debbie Swindoll

If you have personally received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we want to journey with you! Call FBC at 805.543.0945 to speak with a Pastor and let us know!

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8) Your decision to follow God means that youre embarking on a life-long journeya journey with God, toward the abundant life He designed you to live. And while, like Abraham, we dont know every step God will ask us to take ahead of time, there are steps we must take to take to start moving. Taking these first steps is the tangible way that you can respond to Gods invitation into a relationship with Him. Each one is challenging, but will lead you toward rich, full experiences of discovering what God is up to in you and through you.

Baptism
We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). Marking the start of the journey Baptism is a vivid, tangible, public symbol of what it means to become a Christian. To go under the water and come up again represents dying to our old life and starting a new life with God. Baptism is for every believer when they choose to follow Jesus. If you would like to be baptized, contact our church office at office@fbcslo.org or 805543-0945 to speak with a Pastor.

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Repentance
Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (Mark 1:14-15). Understanding the Journey The first step in life with God is repentance. Generally when we hear that word we think of someone yelling angrily, Shape up! Change your behavior! But the word Jesus uses, metanoia, means, Think about the way youve been thinking. If Gods provision and protection and power are available to you through a relationship with Jesus, then what changes? Everything! Some helpful resources: Hidden in Christ by James Bryan Smith Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

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Worship
Journeying together Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together... but encouraging one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25). Life with God is also life with the family of God. God gave us each other for encouragement, support, and so we can praise Him together! On Sundays, we worship God through: Community: we gather together to encourage and love each other. Teaching: we believe the Bible is Gods word and

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want to hear what it says about every area of life. Song: Gods faithfulness deserves joyful praises, so we sing to him together. Giving: we share joyfully from Gods blessings to us and care for others and support our community. Communion: we remember Jesus sacrifice for us as we eat the bread and drink the cup, which symbolize his body and blood given for us.

Some helpful resources for getting to know the Bible: Life with God, by Richard Foster The Drama of Scripture, by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen

Prayer
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). Talking with God along the journey Relationship always involves communication. Life with God is no differentwe need to speak and listen, be heard and hear. Prayer is talking to God, and listening to God in response. We can bring God our needs, our questions, our frustrations, our emotions, our praises. We can also listen for God as we prayerfully read the Bible, sing, enjoy his creation in nature, or listen to our friends, all with an ear for Him. If you dont know where to start, begin with the Book of Psalms in your Bible. They express every emotion and need in the spectrum, from whining to rejoicing, raging to sobbing. Try finding one that resonates with you and pray it back to God, in your own words perhaps. It can be helpful to make time for intentional prayer daily, as an individual or with family, but you can pray anytime, anywhere, out loud, or quietly.

Obedience isnt typically a word we like. We like our freedom, our individuality, our rights. On the other hand, when our doctor tells us to take a prescription that will save our lives, we obey. When our auto mechanic tells us wed better replace the catalytic converter, we obey. Why? Because they know better than we do. Sometimes, the best use of your freedom is to submit it to someone who knows more. Thats why we obey God. He gives us direction through the Bible and prayer. We can trust His directions are for our ultimate good and obey.

get to know you and for you to find out how to get plugged in. Contact the church office to sign up for the next lunchcall us at 805-543-0945. Growing with God series FBC believes our purpose is to love wellto love God, to love one another, and to love the whole world. FBCs Growing with God series is comprised of 3 workshops, offered each quarter, that will give you hands-on, practical instruction in ways you can grow in your relationship with Jesus. To sign up for the next series, email Pastor Ben at ben@fbcslo.org.

GETTING STARTED

Reading the Word


Now these things [in the Bible] took place as examples for us. (1 Corinthians 10:6). The story of the journey, told by those whove gone before As we start this journey with God, were not alone. Not only is God with us, but we have a long line of people who have found Him, struggled with Him, loved Him, wandered from Him, and experienced His mercy. We find a road map for our journey by seeing how God worked in their lives. Above all we find out who God is in this book through the life of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). To know God more, we make time for regular reading of His Word from the Bible. Engaging in daily, reflective reading opens a space where God meets us and directs us. If youve never read the Bible before, start by reading one of the Gospels. Ask questions! Underline what catches your attention. Talk to God about it. Then, you might try a 60-day plan for reading some of the major sections of the Bible (there are many available for free online).

Evangelism
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20). Inviting others on the journey Your journey with God is the best tool you have for inviting others into a relationship with Jesus. You dont need to know all the answers, but you can tell what youve experienced and what God has done for you. Learning how to invite others to join you is a normal part of doing life with God.

Supporting Your Journey


FBC wants to help you get started on your journey towards knowing God: Meet with a Pastor or Elderplease let us know about your commitment to follow Jesus! We want to get together with you, hear your story, and encourage you. Contact the church office at 805543-0945 or lisa@fbcslo.org we can be in touch. Membership Lunchif youre new around FBC, please join us at our next Membership Lunch after church. You will learn what FBC is all about and how to become a member. Its a great way for us to

Obedience
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). Following Gods road map for the journey