New To Faith

where it starts

“If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

- Romans 10:9

To be saved, is to receive a gift from God that none of us deserve. It is us making the choice to turn FROM our old ways and to turn TO Jesus, our Savior. We ask Him for forgiveness from our sins, to make us right with Him, and to give us new life in Him.

If you are not sure whether you are right with God, or you know that you need Jesus in your life, you can choose to follow Him right now by praying a prayer of surrender to Jesus.

Dear Jesus, I come before you today and admit I've messed up, I've made mistakes, I haven't lived right. But today, I ask that you would come into my heart and change me. I choose from this day forward, to serve you with my life. Thank you for forgiving me, and for saving me.
In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Congratulations! To pray these words and mean them is the beginning of the most important journey you will ever take: your venture to follow Jesus.

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“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”
- Billy Graham

the Bible

Where Should I Start?

1.   Don't Start at the Beginning

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2.   Begin in the Book of Matthew

Look at the Table of Contents in the front of the Bible & notice how it divides the Bible into the Old Testament & the New Testament. Whats's the difference between them:
Old Testament- Everything before Jesus
New Testament- Everything from Jesus' birth  and after he was resurrected.

3.    Read 1 Chapter a Day

Take time to slowly read to enjoy the Bible. Think about it as an incredibly delicious meal; you want to savor every bite and flavor, not rush through it. Starting with smaller chunks of the Bible will help you better "digest" what it is saying to you.

So what is a chapter? What is a verse?
- The chapter reference is the larger number on the page
- The verse reference is the smaller (to the left of the words in the text)

If you read something that stands out to you, pause and reflect on the scripture (see SOAP method below). Highlight or underline the verse--it is okay to write in your Bible.

If you feel inclined to read another chapter, go ahead, but remember faith isn't a race. Pace yourself, it takes time to develop this new habit of reading your Bible.

4.   Keep Reading 1 Chapter at a Time Until You Finish Matthew

...And then read the next book (and so forth, until you get to Revelation).

The first 4 books of the New Testament that you will read (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) are called the Gospels. Each of these books tells the story of Jesus' life from a different perspective.

Once you get to Revelation, go back to the beginning of the Bible (where we told you not to start). Read each book of the Old Testament, starting in Genesis, with the perspective that everything points to Jesus.

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S.O.A.P.

A popular method of Bible reflection is called "SOAP."

Scripture

Write down the scripture that stood out to you from what you read.

Observation

What stood out to you about this scripture?

Application

How can you apply this scripture to your life?

Prayer

Write out a prayer, or take time to pray about this scripture and it's application in your life.

Don't Walk Out Your Faith Alone

Find someone or a group of someones to live life with.

Join a Group

We hope you find Venture Church to be a place that provides opportunities for growth in your walk with the Lord. We strongly encourage you to join one of our many Groups and get connected with other Christians who can help encourage and support you. Community with other believers is essential for a healthy, thriving Christian life.

find a mentor in the faith

The Bible has countless examples of those more mature in the faith mentoring and raising up those who are newer to it. In fact Jesus devoted much of his life to investing into his 12 disciples. We believe that one of the best ways to grow in your faith is by finding a person who can walk alongside you--someone you can ask the questions (that will arise), go to for prayer, find accountability from, etc. If you are interested in being connected to a Faith Mentor, let us know below.

Attend discover 101

Discover Venture 101 is a great first step to understanding what Venture Church is all about, while meeting other people newer to the church. Venture Church lead pastors, Brandon and Di Beals, offer Discover Venture 101 on the first Sunday of the month over a free dinner in our Central Campus cafe.