For New Believers
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!
I’m Sheryl Sullivan, the Director of Discipleship at Impact Church, and I’m so glad you made the decision to give your life to the Lord! This section has been put together by our team to help you grow in your new walk of faith.
Because it is really important to start this journey with a mentor, we’d like to partner you with a strong believer — someone who has matured in their faith — to be your guide. Below, you will find a variety of helpful resources, inspiring stories of new believers in our church, thoughts on prayer, and a message about Water Baptism by Senior Pastor Karl Thomas.
If we’ve not yet met, and you are a new believer and interested in journeying with Impact, I invite you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless you, Sheryl.
You will receive a complimentary copy of a wonderful little book – ‘Living the Impact Life’. It is written specifically for new believers, and it is designed for one-on-one discipleship. Week by week, you will work through each of the five chapters with your Impact Church faith coach or mentor.
Week One: Living Through Loving
Week Two: Living Through Listening
Week Three: Living Through Lifestyle
Week Four: Living Through Learning
Week Five: Living Through Leading
Paul Ellis’ Escape to Reality (E2R) is filled with inspiring posts. Here are three posts that are great starting points for new believers:
God Believes in You! http://escapetoreality.org/2014/06/24/god-believes-in-you/
How Does God Deal with our Sin http://escapetoreality.org/2013/03/15/how-does-god-deal-with-our-sin/
Your One Big Truth http://escapetoreality.org/2011/11/01/one-big-truth/
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
We frame our day by the words we speak. There is so much power in declaring the word of God over your life. The article below gives 23 declarations to help defeat depression, discouragement, and negativity. Pick two or three that you will declare throughout your day.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
We love to hear real life stories of how new believers found their way to Impact Church, what God has done in their lives and how our New Believers program has helped them. We thank Katelyn for sharing her story. Watch here for future stories.
Most of my life I was lost, broken and constantly seeking to fill the void I had felt as long as I could remember. These feelings manifested themselves in many ways (e.g. depression, eating disorders, addictions), all of which were self-destructive and left me feeling emptier and more alone. I literally believed death was my only way out. I finally reached out and began a journey of recovery. I developed a working concept of God as my ‘higher power’ who helped me through each day (although I was still against organized religion and this idea of ‘Jesus Christ as the only way’). As I began making important lifestyle changes, my life started looking up. However, I sometimes doubted if I could maintain these changes, as I often felt unfulfilled while simultaneously expecting more of myself and striving for ‘better’.
Through one of my recovery groups, I became friends with a Christian who invited me to Impact Church. I eventually came out of curiosity (and honestly probably more out of ‘people-pleasing’), but I was quickly struck by the powerful music, entertaining sermons, and the strong messages of God’s love and mercy.
I continued coming (semi-regularly) and began meeting with Pastor Cheryl. She listened to my story and my doubts about the Bible and Christianity, and she patiently and lovingly shared with me her experiences and taught me about Jesus.
I came to learn the truth about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I came to understand the difference between religion (performance) and relationship (grace). I came to see how Christ really is the solution to all of life’s ups and downs and how He is more than just a historical teacher or the way to eternal life. He is the exact representation of God and His presence is very much alive and tangible today.
I accepted Jesus into my life on July 20, 2014 amidst a fountain of tears as I received Him as my Redeemer. My lifetime of poor decisions and tragic circumstances no longer defined me! I was baptized on March 29, 2015 as an outward expression of the internal changes I was experiencing in my thinking, feeling, and interacting.
I have also found it helpful to intentionally get involved with the church community through Wednesday night small groups, the Impact mentoring program, and other events to build new relationships and continue learning. As I get more involved, my faith grows, and the more my faith grows the more I want to get involved!
My life has become increasingly manageable, joyful and purposeful. I am finally comfortable with who I am, as I have found my identity in Christ. He comforts me, guides me and strengthens me, and, no matter what, I know that I can trust Him. Most of all, I have discovered that Jesus is REAL, He is GOOD, and He LOVES each and every one of us. I pray that everyone gets to know Him and experience the unconditional love and acceptance that has transformed me from the inside out.
Listen to the MP3 on water baptism below: