FRESH START WITH GOD

Searching for God is the greatest and most important journey any of us can go on. It is indeed a journey—after all, none of us has all the answers when it comes to God, so we all have places to explore and grow. Each of us is coming from a unique place and with different experiences. We don’t have to have everything figured out to journey with God.

God tends to meet us most when we come open-handed to Him with our hopes, dreams, fears, and questions. He promises to meet us if we ask for His help (James 1:5; 4:8). If you are kicking the tires on what Christianity is all about, or if you are looking for a fresh start with God, it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin. Below you will find some resources and thoughts we hope you will find helpful in your journey.

All of us are on a journey—we’ve all had questions and doubts in our journey with faith. Hear from some others as they reflect on their faith stories and the advice they would give to those who are seeking out answers.

WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST?

What is the best news you’ve ever received? Maybe it had to do with passing a test, hearing a good report from a doctor, landing a new job, or something else that changed your life for the better.

Jesus was all about Good News. You may have heard the word, “Gospel” before, which literally means “Good News.” At the core of Christianity is a message of hope surrounding God and how we can know him. One of the most famous passages in the Bible shares this Good News with us.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17

Many of us are familiar with this passage—we’ve seen it on posters held up at sporting events, heard it quoted by others, or maybe even memorized it at some point. Within it there are several key phrases that help us understand how Jesus came to bring us all good news.

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WHAT IS BAPTISM?

Often times, when people want to make a fresh start with God, they think about getting baptized. Perhaps it is something you are considering today. If you are thinking of jumping into a relationship with God for the first time or looking to re-engage with Jesus, faith, and the church, then baptism is a great step to consider.

As you consider this step, we know you may have questions because baptism can be confusing. Depending on your past church experience, you may have seen people get baptized before and in different ways. And, if you aren’t from a church background, you may wonder what the deal is with Christians dunking each other in water and others clapping about it.

For over 2,000 years, people from vastly different cultures, backgrounds, and stories have made the decision to be baptized–to be fully immersed in water as an act of publicly professing their faith in Jesus. While in American today, this step is more inconvenient than risky, in many areas of the world right now and throughout church history, baptism is and was incredibly dangerous.

Some have even lost their lives and countless others have been persecuted because of this step. So, why is this step so important, and what is the significance of it?

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NEXT STEPS

If you live in the North Dallas area of Texas, we would love for you to come visit us at Chase Oaks Church! However, if you’re not in this region, we want to help encourage you to continue moving in your relationship with God. Here are a few great ways to consider.

STEP 1

Read the Book of John in the New Testament. If you don’t have a Bible, you can download the “YouVersion” app for free on your mobile device. Or, you can go to Biblegateway.com. This book of the Bible is a great place to start and will immerse you in the life of Jesus.

STEP 2

Prayer is just talking with God, where we share our hopes, dreams, worries, fears, and desire for God with him. As you are journeying with God and looking for a fresh experience with him, it is a great idea to ask God to show up and meet you. The Bible tells us that when we ask God for wisdom and insight, he will answer those prayers!

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5

STEP 3

Join a healthy church. None of us is meant to journey alone. We need others who can guide us toward God’s grace and truth. So, it is vital you find a great, healthy, Bible-based, Jesus-focused church. If you want some ideas on how to do this, our founder and Pastor Emeritus, Gene Getz, put together a video on how to find a healthy church.