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THE FOUNDATION OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

No matter what you might have heard or believed, God loves and values each and every person. He is for you. That’s why God made a way for each of us to have a close, one-on-one relationship with Him. That’s been His desire from the beginning of time. Our failures and shortcomings–whether accidental or on purpose, kept us apart from God. God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to rescue us.

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. God has already taken the first step toward you. He wants to forgive you and help you live a brand new life. If you believe God and are ready to act on this belief, you can start by saying these simple words to God:

 

Heavenly Father, I believe that You sent Your son Jesus to die for me. I believe that His blood was shed for my forgiveness. I believe that He was raised from the dead so that I could experience new life which begins right now. I will worship You and I will serve You all the days of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

FIRST STEP

WATER BAPTISM

Water Baptism. Being submerged in water is a public way to celebrate the spiritual change that happened when you were born again. It’s a symbol of having died and been buried, then coming up out of the grave free of our old dead selves (John 3:3-21; Acts 8:27-39). Water baptism does not save you; it’s a celebration of being saved. This is why water baptism is only offered to those who understand salvation and are saved.

SECOND STEP

DEVELOPING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

The Bible is the inspired word of God and is, therefore, our authoritative and infallible guide in all things. It contains a record of God’s heart for people since the beginning of time and can give life and freedom to everyone (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word.

S.O.A.P.

SCRIPTURE
Take your time reading each chapter and allow God to speak to you. Look for a verse that particularly spoke to you and write it in your journal.

OBSERVATION
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words in your journal.

APPLICATION
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

PRAYER
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so listen to what God has to say and journal about it.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS

 

People are beings created by God and made in His image. Jesus came to bring us back into relationship with God (John 10:10, Colossians 1:21- 23) and destroy the devil’s influence (1 John 3:8). He did this through His death, burial and resurrection. God loves and cares about people and He wants us to do the same. That’s why healthy relationships are such a big deal to us. We encourage healthy relationships by connecting in our LifeGroups and through serving on the Dream Team.

LIFEGROUPS

Small groups that meet regularly throughout the city
to connect relationally and to study, socialize, provide
outreach and recreation.

DREAM TEAM

Our Dream Team volunteers are the heart behind Freedom House.
Our volunteers execute with excellence to ensure our guests feel welcomed, get their questions answered, have their children well cared for, and so much more.

A SPIRIT-LED LIFE

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

God eternally exists in three equal persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14). The Holy Spirit is the “doer,” doing the work of the Father and the Son (Genesis 1:2; John 15:26). The Holy Spirit is the spiritual friend who comes alongside us and empowers us with God’s presence.

THE WORD SPIRIT MEANS A BREATH OR WIND THAT BRINGS LIFE

• Old Testament: ruwach (Hebrew)- violent exhale, blast of breath, strong wind.
• Genesis 1:2- “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit [ruwach- breath] of God was hovering over the waters.”
• New Testament: pneuma (Greek)- breath or wind, current of air, strong breeze.
• John 6:63- “The Spirit [pneuma-breath] gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit [pneuma-breath] and they are life.”

The Holy Spirit is like the wind. You can’t see the wind itself, but you can feel it and see its effects in action. Sometimes it’s powerful like a strong storm, and other times it’s gentle and refreshing. Likewise, we can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we can feel, experience, and observe the power and comfort of the Holy Spirit’s presence.

THE HOLY SPIRIT’S ROLE IN OUR LIVES

• Enables us to know God’s comfort (jn. 14:16) and conviction (Jn. 16:5-8).
• Empowers us to live with Christ-like character (2 Cor. 3:17-18; Gal. 5:22-23).
• Equips us with Christ-like power (Acts 1:8), spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11), and spiritual direction (Acts 2:17-21).

A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE

 

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a free gift from Jesus Christ to anyone who is both saved and willing
to receive it (Mark 1:8, Luke 11:13; Acts 19:1- 6). This baptism sometimes comes in the form of a spiritual
language (also known as ‘tongues’), as seen in Acts 2:4.

Since the Holy Spirit is our helper (John 14:26), being baptized in Him empowers
us to a life of discipleship (Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:22-23).

• Remove all barriers
• Request the gifts of the Holy Spirit
• Receive Him by faith
• Relate to Him daily
• Release your spiritual gifts with confidence

In Review, Here Is God’s Hope for You:
• Begin a relationship with Him.
• Develop a personal relationship with Him through bible study and prayer.
• Grow healthy relationships with others through fellowship.
• Live a spirit-led, spirit-filled life.