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XNUHope’s mission is to educate everyone about the incredible story of Christ, and how this story can enact radical change in their lives. Read on to learn more about this story and how it can impact your own life…

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Beginning a relationship with Christ...

What do I do in order to start a relationship with Jesus? That’s a great question and one everybody should ask. Depending on whom you ask and where you are in your quest you will most likely get several answers. So, what I am going to do is start at the beginning and answer it by what the Bible says. Most everyone will agree with that.

Faith…

The Bible says Faith comes from hearing the message of Christ (Rom.10:17). Once you have heard enough of the story of Jesus by reading it in the Scriptures yourself, having it told to you by someone else or seeing it lived out by someone you respect to cause you to believe he was who he said he was, the Messiah the very Son of God (Mark 14:62) you have taken the first step Faith/Belief. People’s actions are a direct result of what they believe. Your faith will carry you to the next step Confession.

Confession...

Confession is a need and desire to tell someone about your new found faith. Many people think God is the first one to whom you should confess your belief and acknowledge your wrong thinking and actions then invite Him to come into your life as Lord. This is often called the “Sinners Prayer”. The Bible doesn’t give any specific examples of how to do this so there are no magic words to say. It is simply a heart felt talk with God and may sound something like this. “Lord, I have never thought like this before. I have always thought mostly about myself. Doing things I wanted to do the way I wanted and when I wanted. I thought I was tuff and self sufficient but I now understand I was just proud, arrogant and selfish. Because of this I have made a lot of bad choices. I have brought a lot of pain and suffering not only on myself but on people I care about and people who were totally innocent. I can’t make up for, take back or undo the pain and suffering I’ve caused. I don’t want to live this way any more, Lord. I want my life to have meaning. I want to experience joy that lasts rather than fun or excitement that are gone with the moment. Heavenly Father, forgive me of my sin. Please send your Spirit to live in me to guide me and empower me to be and do what you have created me to be and do. I want Jesus to save me, Amen.” I agree this is a good start. The Bible does, however, tell us to confess our belief in Jesus to others (Rom. 10:9, 10). This can be done in many ways. Most often it is done at a church gathering so you and other believers can rejoice over your new faith. This then leads you to the next step, Repentance.

Repentance…

The Bible says Faith comes from hearing the message of Christ (Rom.10:17). Once you have heard enough of the story of Jesus by reading it in the Scriptures yourself, having it told to you by someone else or seeing it lived out by someone you respect to cause you to believe he was who he said he was, the Messiah the very Son of God (Mark 14:62) you have taken the first step Faith/Belief. People’s actions are a direct result of what they believe. Your faith will carry you to the next step Confession.

Baptism...

Baptism is probably the least understood and most misunderstood and therefore the most controversial part of your relationship with Jesus. Some believe it is the very point where grace is applied. Others believe it’s a good thing to do but has nothing to do with the relationship. There are even disagreements on how to do it, when to do it and who to do it to. The Bible does say, however, there is “… one faith, one Lord, one baptism, …”(Eph. 4:5). While there is a lot of disagreement in Christendom over baptism, most everyone agrees the first Christians were buried in water (Rom.6:4), it was done very soon after confession and repentance and Christ instructed it to be done (Matt. 28:19). Having stated all the above, I believe there is great agreement that a person doesn’t need to know all there is to know about baptism nor solve a 500 year old theological puzzle to be baptized. There is also general agreement that baptism is an important part of a person’s relationship with Jesus and should be done very early in the relationship as is shown in many accounts of people beginning their walk with Jesus in the Book of Acts (the history of the first believers). As you grow and mature in your faith you will grow in your understanding of baptism and marvel at its beauty. For now it is enough to know the early Christians practiced it and Jesus requested it be done. While faith, confession and repentance are things you do by yourself, baptism is something another believer does to you. Most people are baptized by a member of the clergy but more and more people are being baptized by another believer who is very special to them or the person who had the most influence on them deciding to follow Jesus. It’s a high honor for you to give that person. Who baptizes you is totally your decision. People make baptism complicated. In the bible it is actually fairly simple. New believers were not asked if they wanted to be baptized as if it were optional. They were simply instructed by the apostles to be baptized. So, they were baptized as the first act of their new faith.

Faith, Confession, Repentance & Baptism…

Faith, Confession, Repentance and Baptism bring you to the end of your beginning and are so interrelated that they soon will blur into one event. Once you have begun your relationship with Him you will find you have a new life. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “…, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Rom. 6:4b).

Your New Life...

The New Life is sustained by the same faith that brought you to grace. Your relationship with Jesus is like any other relationship in many ways. It is a living growing thing that needs to be nourished or it will wither and die. Jesus explained this Himself in a story recorded in Matt. 13:2-9, 18-23. You in large part can determine the type of soil you will be by how much you want to develop the relationship. It is somewhat like agreeing to meet your best friend every evening to walk with you. He will be there every time and walk any road in any weather. He will never not be there longingly waiting for you.  Even when you don’t show up He will be there waiting. The Bible says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”(James 4:8).

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