We are excited that you are interested in following Jesus. Perhaps you are investigating what that means or maybe you have just committed your life to Christ; we hope you find the resources below helpful. They are divided into two sections: What does it mean to follow Jesus? and How do I follow Jesus? Each section is designed to help you navigate that process no matter where you are in your faith journey. If you have any questions please, contact us at:   Email: info@vbcoastal.com


1. What does it mean to follow Jesus?

Over and over, throughout the biblical record, Jesus invites us to follow Him. Luke 5:27.  He wants to give us the gift of eternal life, Ephesians 1:4-5, something for which we were intended but can't attain on our own because we all fall short of perfection-far short. Romans 3:23  We can see it in our lives everyday if we are honest with ourselves. We have a problem because, because an un-payable debt stands between us and a perfect, holy God. But Jesus, full of perfect love, didn't hesitate to make it possible for that debt to be removed. Philippians 2:6-8. Now, Because of His obedience and love for us, we only need to ask forgiveness and follow him instead of our own will to receive this saving grace. Ephesians 2:8. He is willing to receive you no matter where you are in life. To quote a line from the song, "Mercy", "mercy triumphs over justice".


2. How do I follow Jesus?

It's as simple as ABC. 
A - Admit. The first thing to do is admit to yourself and to God that you are not worthy and fall short of His perfection. 

B - Believe. Trust in the fact that Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt incurred by your sin and believe that He rose from the dead to give you new life. 

C - Confess. Proclaim in your heart and to the world that Jesus is your Savior and Lord of your life.

Romans 10:9-10

Here is an example of some simple words you can say to God and, if you truly mean them as you pray, you can be assured He will hear them and answer you by giving you the free gift of forgiveness and an eternal life with Him.

Pray:  “Dear God,
I admit that I am a sinner and I can’t reach you on my own. I believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sins and then rose from the dead. I accept your free gift of forgiveness and salvation and I invite you to be the Lord of my life. I confess that you are my Savior and Lord and I’m turning away from doing things my own way. Please help me live my life according to your way. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness and for giving me the gift of a new life in you. Amen.”

If you prayed those words and meant them,  you are born into God’s family and given the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit—which guides you and reveals God’s truth—now lives in you. You have a new relationship with God and a new future. All of Heaven is rejoicing—and we are too! Welcome to God’s family! Romans 8:15-16. Isn't that great news? You need to tell someone. Why not tell us now via email. iprayed@vbcoastal.com
Please give us your name so we can make a connection with you and celebrate your new journey in Christ.

Your next step in following Jesus is to Get Baptized. You have a new identity as a disciple of Jesus.  What an honor, and a privilege! 

Perhaps you need more information or have questions, if you contact a staff member at the church office or mark your connection card, we will work through those needs with you.

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