Pastor Zak White

Salvation

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

A simple step

Once you've decided you believe Jesus is the way to salvation and you call on Him for the forgiveness of your sins, nothing can separate you from His love. If you haven't already prayed a prayer of confession, let's do so now:

Dear God, I'm praying because I know I need a Savior. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, He died for my sins and rose again on the third day. I'm asking You to forgive my sins and I believe through Jesus, I am forgiven. Amen.


"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

What really happens when you accept Christ as Lord and Savior?

What happened spiritually when you made your decision to follow Christ?
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.

Bible Reading:
Please read the following verses in your Bible. Google can typically locate any Bible passage as well:
  • Read Romans chapter 10 verse 9
  • Read John chapter 1 verse 12 and chapter 3 verse 16
  • Read Matthew chapter 19 verses 25-26

Many times, right after someone accepts Jesus as their Savior, the negative voices come out of the woodwork. Many times the loudest voice demands to know how your “religion” is any better than any one else’s.

  • Read John chapter 14 verse 6 for the Biblical response.
  • Lastly, please read Romans Chapter 10 verses 9-13
Your simple act of belief in your heart and your actions unashamed and in front of others made all the difference, be it a raised hand or a prayer you prayed. And now it is time to walk it out!

Think and Grow:
1. Write a brief explanation of the decision you made. Include where you were, whom you were with, and who or what had the greatest influence on you for this decision.
2. Now, lets take one look back at the old you. Please take just a moment to describe who you were and the kinds of things you were doing before you made your decision.
3. Take a moment to talk about any changes you have seen in yourself since making your decision for Christ. You may also include anything others have noticed as well.
4. Describe the decision you believe you made when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
5. Please list any burning questions you have about God or anything related to your faith.

Now you have a simple roadmap to get started in your new faith journey with Jesus!

A LIFE OF FAITH:

You decision was your first major step in the right direction. On that day you became a Christian and heaven became your final destination. In this session we will talk about the important daily and weekly steps you need to take to begin to walk and talk with Jesus, and grow in your faith. You became a Christian, and now you will learn how to live like one.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:5-6: For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

Here are a couple of KEYS you will need:

Key ONE: Three things happened to you when you accepted Christ:
1. Your old life passed away
2. Your new life began
3. You have a new purpose and plan for your life

You aren’t just going to be different; you ARE different because Christ now lives in you.
You need to begin to act and behave and live your life as if Jesus Christ was with you everywhere you go...cause He is!! Simple solution: Just ask yourself in every decision and choice: What would I do, or say, or where would I go or NOT go if Jesus was with me right now? Then follow your heart!

Key TWO: Church Attendance is not an optional activity. It is critical to your survival as a young Christian. Wow! There are two ways you can fulfill this priority:
1. Find a good local church, (or allow us to point you to one).
2. Start where you are and become a part of our online church right at
revyourlife.com/churchonline.
 
Bible Reading:
Please read the following verses in your Bible. Google can typically locate any Bible passage as well:
•Read 2 Corinthians chapter 4 and 5

Think and Grow:
1. Look up the word “Holy” and write your best definition for that word.
2. What does that word have to do with you and your daily life?
3. What are some life changes you are feeling led to make since you made a decision to follow Christ?
4. Please re-state the Two Most Important Keys listed above in your own words.
5. Please talk about the first Most Important Key and what it means for your life.
6. Please talk about the second Most Important Key and what you plan to do.

LEARN TO PRAY:

Prayer seems so religious to most people. But in any relationship, if there is no communication that relationship begins to die. Don’t let images in your mind about what prayer is or isn’t keep you from beginning to practice one of the most important steps in your faith life. To be a Christian simply means that you have decided to follow Christ and that, quite simply, means to begin to have a relationship with Jesus. Prayer is as simple as a conversation with Jesus. You can ask Him questions, tell Him your needs, and even pray for other people. Even Jesus would pray to His Father in heaven on many occasions. And here is something even more profound...as you learn to listen you will learn how to hear His voice as He speaks to you.

God communicates to His people in three ways:
1. His People & Family—the church
2. Prayer—two-way conversation with God.
3. Through His Holy Word—the Bible

The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:12: Then you will call on me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Ephesians 6:18 says: And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all God’s people.

TIPS for Prayer:
Set aside a time each day
Pick a place each day
Pray out loud
Be specific
   
A Beginners Guide for HOW to Pray—ACTS:
One very simple way to pray is ACTS. Many believers young and old, new believer and veterans have used this method as an effective way to pray. Simply come before God and walk through the following steps:

A: Adoration
It is important that remember that He is God, and we are not. Tell Him that. It is also important to know that, to you, He is not JUST God...He is YOUR God. And THIS God sent His Son to die for you. Thank Him for that. Spend just a minute acknowledging His greatness and His amazing love and power. When we humble ourselves before our God it is a powerful thing.

C: Confession
Take just a minute and confess your sins before Him. It says in I John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Confess things you have done and for any struggles you may have had in your thought life since the last time you confessed. Get it all out there and let your God forgive. Your sins were paid for with Jesus’ death on the cross.

T: Thanksgiving
Take a moment and thank Him for everything. Psalm 100:4 says this: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name! God loves a grateful heart. Have an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything He has blessed you with.

S: Supplication (asking for something of great importance to you)
This is simply letting the Lord know your needs and desires, and be honest. 1 John
5:14-15 says: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him. Many times we have not because we ask not. It’s really that simple sometimes. This is also a time when you can ask your questions. Be honest. God loves an honest and transparent heart.

The Lord’s Prayer
The most famous prayer in scripture is found in Matthew 6:9-13 and is a great prayer to pray daily:
Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is ion heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who have sinned against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Bible Reading:
Please read the following verses in your Bible. Google can typically locate any Bible passage as well:
  • Read Matthew chapter 6

Think and Grow:
1. Give your basic understanding of what prayer is based on what you have learned above.
2. What does prayer have to do with you and your daily life?
3. How will you begin to incorporate prayer into your daily life?

God's Word - The Bible:

God’s Instruction manual—The Bible
The Bible. Where do you begin? Why is it so important? What does a book written thousands of years ago have to do with my life today? These are all questions many have asked. But we have found that when a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, that there is actually less questioning its importance and more of a hunger to know all you can know about God, His son Jesus, and about what it means to be a Christian.

You are like an orphan that has finally been reunited with their father...only to find out He has been searching for you from the very beginning. There is great joy in that. But you have to know that there is another one, the devil, who is going to do all he can to bring doubt into your mind and to confuse you. This is where the Bible comes in. The Bible will teach you how to interpret all of life’s situations through the lens of eternity, and give you strength and whatever you need for every situation and every need.

Even Jesus, when confronted with temptation or hunger or thirst and even death, would quote scripture because there is Power in God’s Word. It is the Truth about all things and a blueprint for your new life in Christ!

Remember, God communicates to His people in the following three ways:
1. His People—the church
2. Prayer—two-way conversation with God
3. Through His Holy Word—the Bible

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior the Bible says that your very heart became the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” This means, quite simply that the Holy Spirit lives in you. (more on this in session 5). But in short, the indwelling Christ will speak to your heart as you read and meditate (think about) the Word of God.

Step One: Get a Bible. If you don't have one let us know and we will get you one! Just email info@revyourlife.com.

A trip to the local Christian bookstore will not only provide good options, it will also have sales people who have known the Lord and walked with Him for many years. We typically use the English Standard version, but there are other versions that make it easier to understand as well.

Step Two: Set Aside a Time and a Place. Spending time reading God’s Word should be as important as the food you eat, and in fact it is your spiritual food. And just like you get weak and irritate easy when you haven’t eaten, the same is true for God’s Word. You need to take it in daily for it to have its real effect in your life. Find a time where you can consistently give just ten minutes of your day to focused attention on reading His Word. Then, find a place where you can be undisturbed. Start with just 10 minutes each day (more is optional) and begin to read it.

Step Three: Start Reading.
Some of my tips:
1. Old Testament: Read 4 Psalms each day. If you do this, you will have read the entire Book of Psalms every month.
2. Read one chapter in 1 & 2 Samuel each day until you have finished both.
3. Read one chapter in the book of Matthew each day and then work your way through each book until you finish the New Testament.

Extra for the Motivated:
1. Read one chapter in the Book of 2 Corinthians each day. When you finish 2
Corinthians go back and read 1 Corinthians

Step Four: Write in the Margins. Always have a pen with you and whenever you read something that has special meaning for you write a brief note in the margin or underline it. Then always put the month and year. This will have great value to you over the years.

Bible Reading:
Please read the following verses about the Word of God:
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Psalm 119:105
  • Joshua 1:8
  • Matthew 4:4
  • Romans 15:4
  • Hebrews 4:12

Think and Grow:
1. Give your basic understanding of why you should value ands protect your time in God’s Word based on what you have learned above.
2. What does the Bible have to do with you and your daily life?
3. How will you begin to incorporate Bible Reading into your daily life?
4. Can you think of a prayer time and a prayer place you could carve out in your life? When and where?

Your Constant Companion - The Holy Spirit

A Truth to Choose By
Your constant Companion
Session Five | Not Alone
Probably the biggest surprise that awaits you in your journey through the rest of your life is that you don’t have to walk it alone. As mentioned earlier, when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior the Bible says that your very heart became the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” This means, quite simply that the Holy Spirit lives in you. In short, this is the indwelling Christ, and He will speak to your heart as you go through the highs and lows of this life.
Acts 2:1-5

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God- fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
Now, the temptation for to just gloss over this and not give it much thought. So please understand...the Holy Spirit is a person...just like you and me, except that we cannot physically see Him. So this isn’t about a God way up there who you go see on Sundays or when you are in trouble. This is a constant companion...with you always and everywhere you go. Now, you can go through your day and act like He’s not there...but that would be a lie, because He is as real as the guy in the mirror.
This was God’s plan when He took Jesus back to heaven to sit at His right hand praying for you. This Holy Spirit is called your teacher, counselor, helper, comforter, close friend, and your protector.
Remember, God communicates to His people in the following three ways plus a fourth - BONUS! :)
1. His People—the church
2. Prayer—two-way conversation with God
3. Through His Holy Word—the Bible
4. The Holy Spirit—your constant companion

You are never alone. Never. And you need to know your God is FOR you and LOVES you so much that He sent the Holy Spirit to be with you always. This should affect a few very important things:
1. Your Behavior
2. Your Speech
3. Your Relationships
4. Your Confidence

The Big Challenge:
Live as though Jesus were in the room...every room you will ever be in. Talk as though He was listening.
Do what you would do if you knew He would ALWAYS be there to help you.

Bible Reading:
Luke 24:45-47
1 John 2:19-27

Think and Grow:
1. Give your basic understanding of who the Holy Spirit is
2. What does this mean to you?
3. Can you see the confidence this can bring to your life?
4. What does the Holy Spirit have to do with you and your daily life?  
5. How will you begin interact with the Holy Spirit in your daily life?

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