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Step Two in the Christian Life

Step one is getting saved. That means that at some point in your life you come to the realization that you’re a sinner and you need Jesus. You confess your sin, repent, and ask the Lord Jesus to have all there is of you. You are sincere. You experience a sense of relief and then hope as the promise of His forgiveness fills you up. But then you hit the next week and it’s the same old stuff. You begin to wonder, “Am I really saved?”

Step two: saved people believe Jesus. We believe Him first for what He promised us: Salvation. Then we believe Him for the spiritual grit to follow Him. That’s what He said, “Follow me” (Matt. 9.9; 10.1-5). Jesus drives home the point by saying, “If you love Me, you’ll keep My commandments” (John 14.15). What commandments? Well, first and foremost to “love one another” (John 13.34).

The key is belief. The father of the demonized son said to Jesus, “I believe, help Thou me in my unbelief” (Mark 9.24). Dear Jesus help us in our unbelief! Help us to overcome the world and the things of the world that so easily distract our faith. Yes, step two is following Jesus in belief. It’s trusting Him to do what He promised. He told us that He would not leave us alone. He told us that He would send a Helper (John 14.16).

But – and this is the thing that so few seem to understand – you’ve got to “get out of the boat.” You must put feet to your faith. That’s what following Jesus is all about. Even when you don’t want to, you must persevere in the power the presence of the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus asks.

Okay you’re saved. Good. Now get sanctified. Get with the program. Do it Jesus’ Way and be blessed. Maybe you’ve never really taken this step. Maybe you’re still living on the milk of infancy. Well, hear Jesus’ words to the Sardian church: “Wake up! Strengthen what remains” (Rev.3.2)!

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About New Hope Christian Fellowship

New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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