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DESCRIPTIONWhether you are interested in meeting and connecting with Jesus for the first time, learning what it means to follow in Jesus’ steps, connecting as a GSCC Partner and joining a Connect Group or one of our servant leader volunteer teams - Next Steps has got it all! So check it out, click away, and share YOUR CHURCH with those you know and love. Who knows…one day, they could very well call GSCC “My Church” in the near future!
A NEW BELIEVERS GUIDEConnecting with God
Connecting with each other Connecting with those separated from God.
CONNECT WITH JESUS
Youve heard about Him maybe even read about Him perhaps youve even bumped into Him from time to time but have you connected with Jesus? In other words do you KNOW Him? This section of our site is geared specifically toward the most important decision you will ever make surrendering your life to JESUS! Through these next few pages we will provide you with some easy-to-follow steps in case youd like to get to know Him more (which were thinking youre going to want to do after you meet Him!)
So lets get to it! Just continue to read below and prepare yourself to meet the most incredible man in the whole universe.JESUS!
THE STORY OF A MAN NAMED JESUS
Over 2,000 years ago, the most controversial figure in history, Jesus Christ, was born in a manger. Though He came into the world in a humble way, that small baby was Gods answer to humanitys desperate need for salvation.
Condemned by our sin, we were separated from God and cut off from the richness of His grace, mercy and love. Because of His great love for us, God wrapped Himself in humanity and came to earth as a simple man Jesus. He lived and dwelt amongst us and eventually sacrificed Himself all because of His great love for us. The cost of our sin was His life, and He gave it that we might receive salvation through Him and be restored to Father God.
John 3:16 declares, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus became the bridge between mankind and God so that we could connect and have a relationship with the Father. He is our Savior, our healer, our friend, our EVERYTHING.
Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He came in our weaknesses and became our Strength, in our sickness He is our Healer, and in our pain He became our deliverer offering us freedom, peace, power and purpose.
Jesus is more than an historical figure or a great teacher who once lived. He conquered death so that we might live an extraordinary life. We dont have to earn His love and salvation, its a free gift available to all who will believe. Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with us. All we have to do is receive this gift by faith and come to Him just the way we are.
Friends may let you down, but Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than any other. He desires that you would know Him and talk to Him as you would your very best friend. Jesus will never condemn you. In John 8:11, He says I dont condemn you. Go and sin no more. Jesus promise to you is that He will never throw rocks at you because He is a true friend and is not against you. Though lifes circumstances may make you feel like He is, our prayer at Good Shepherd Community Church is that His word and prayer will help your thoughts to change today.
Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life. John 14:6 says No one can come to the Father except through me. To be able to have a relationship with the Father, we must first know, accept and surrender out lives to Jesus. He is our living, breathing Messiah and wants to walk with you each day as your Savior and your friend. Sin cut us off from God. But because He loved us so much, God sent us His only Son to bring us back into intimate fellowship with Him. No lines. No waiting. No experience necessary. No password needed. Complete 24/7 access to all He has for us.
Jesus is our Savior, but Hes also our HEALER. 1 Peter 2:24 says that, He bore our sins on the cross and by His stripes we are healed. Jesus wants us to be whole in our spirit and healthy in our mind, emotions, and physical body. He wants you at your very best! According to Matthew 4:23, Jesus went around preaching the good news, teaching the word of God, and healing every sickness and disease among the people. Everywhere He went He touched suffering humanity and made them whole. Heres the awesome part healing isnt just for people in the Bible. Its for believers today. Yes, you! Jesus wants to heal you in any and every way you may be hurting. There is nothing too hard for Him to repair.
THE SCRIPTURES TESTIFY
1 Peter 2:24 He bore our sins on the cross and by his stripes we are healed.
Matthew 4:23 He majored in 3 things: preaching the good news, teaching the word of God, and healing every sickness and disease among the people. Everywhere He went, He touched suffering people and healed them.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me Why was He anointed? To deliver the oppressed. Jesus wants us to be whole in our salvation and He wants to heal us in every way we hurt.
Mark 16:18, Jesus commissioned us to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover thats why we pray for the sick and hurting in every service.
At Good Shepherd Community Church, we want for you to know Jesus in every possible way. By connecting to our services, reading the Bible, getting involved in Connect Groups and serving His people, we know that He will reveal Himself to you in such a way that your natural world will be supernaturally changed by Him. So now that you know a little more about Jesus, will you accept and surrender your life to Him?
I WANT TO ACCEPT JESUS AS MY LORD & SAVIOR NOW!
The story of redemption is the story of a just and loving God calling lost and rebellious creatures back to Himself. He began writing this glorious narrative of His goodness and grace before time began. We urge you to explore this story further.
In the beginning, God created this world for His glory, and it was good and peaceful and offered us the opportunity of everlasting fellowship with Him. However, as Genesis 3 tells us, things went wrong. Because of mans disobedience, we fell from this amicable state. Sin entered our hearts, and the world became twisted and fractured. The harmonious peace that creation once enjoyed was damaged and fell in disrepair.Since that time, God has patiently and purposefully continued the story of redemption.
God sent His only Son, Jesus, who came and lived a perfect, sinless life and offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sin on the cross. Jesus endured Gods wrath and paid the ultimate price for sin. Although it was a dark and horrendous moment of suffering and death, a spirit of peace, beauty, and hope burst forth as Christ rose three days later from the grave. That which was broken God restored through his Son.Through Jesus Christ, we are offered restoration and reconciliation.
God takes what is broken and makes it new. He invites His children into relationship with Himself and into the newness of life found in Jesus. What God starts He will bring to completion, and we pray that you would be woven into the narrative. If you feel Jesus inviting you into this story into restored relationship with Him turn to Him in repentance. Put your trust in Him and the work He accomplished on the cross. Believe in His power to redeem and save you.
If you want to accept and surrender your life to Jesus as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord - we invite you to pray this prayer with us:
Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God and that you gave your life that I would live eternally. Cleanse me and forgive forgive my sins, make me new and come into my heart today Jesus. Take this life and make it new, lead me in your ways and show me the purpose you have for me. I love you Jesus, and I thank you for first loving me. I want you to be the Lord of my life, savior of my soul, and my help in times of triumph and trouble. Fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I may be led into all truth. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
At GSCC we define our Counseling and Freedom as the ability to respond fully to God out of who He created and redeemed us to be. GSCC offers an adult counseling and freedom ministry for those who are involved at Good Shepherd Community Church. If you have any questions, please email contact the Pastoral Offices we will be glad to help. Call 956-350-8282.
I WANT TO FOLLOW JESUS AND I WANT TO STARTNOW!JESUS FOLLOWER
Congratulations! Were thrilled that you have taken the step of faith to believe in Jesus and trust your life to him. You probably have some questions about what this means and where to go from here. Thats what this site is all about: starting points for your journey with Jesus Christ. On each page, youll find a helpful message, a place to connect with us, and resources to help you take your next steps in following Jesus. Our prayer is that we can help you grow in your relationship with Jesus as you embrace Gods purpose and plan for your life!
When people encounter the saving power of Jesus in their lives, their worlds radically change. Its like being able to see things in color for the first time.
Youve encountered and connected with the Savior of the World. Following Him will mean a new way of thinking, acting, and living. Jesus is going somewhere and Hes asking you to come with Him. Publicly proclaiming Jesus as Lord is still not the same as following Jesus. He said in Luke 6:46 Why do you call me `Lord, Lord, and do not do what I tell you? Following Jesus is about listening and doing. It is about putting into practice the things that Jesus taught. It is about a lifestyle of peace and love that sets one apart from others.
There are a lot of people who LIKE Jesus. Lots of people believe in Jesus. They just love Him to pieces. They wor