“If I am new to a relationship with Jesus or taking my first steps of faith, I am likely beginning my faith journey.”
In order to become a passionate, maturing follower of Jesus, I can take steps to solidify my identity in Christ and form new habits.
SPIRITUAL LIFE STAGE OVERVIEW
If you’ve just made a decision to follow Jesus, congratulations! This choice changes everything about life, and we couldn’t be more excited to have you as part of our spiritual family. Once you place your faith in Christ, you are a new creation, and just like a child taking their first steps, you are also learning new things.
Or maybe you’ve been a part of church for a long time, but need to go back and revisit the basics. We’re excited to partner with you, too.
In this stage of your spiritual journey, its important to learn how to connect with God and others so you can be encouraged and challenged. Prioritizing things like daily Bible reading, prayer, and connecting in community will help you grasp your identity in Christ and what that means in every area of your life. Below are some ways we’d like to help you grow.
We believe that baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality - that you have placed your faith in Jesus and are made new because of that. If you haven’t take the step of baptism, we would encourage you to do so. Learn more here.
Pray about everything.
Prayer is talking to God. Like a parent listening to their child, God wants to hear everything about us: our hopes, dreams, desires and troubles. We want to help you learn to pray, so keep scrolling down to learn about our Prayer Growth Group starting Mid-March.
Read the Bible daily.
We believe that scripture Begin to set aside a daily time to reflect on the scriptures. If you don’t know where to start, read the book of John and focus specifically on who Jesus is. You might even want to take The 100 Day Challenge where you read the Bible for 100 straight days or engage with the A Chapter a Day resource to get you started for an entire year.
Discover your spiritual gifts.
A great step of growth is to learn about how God has uniquely wired you to serve the body of Christ. Take this spiritual gifts assessment to see what your gifts are, then use the results to help you step into a serving role on a team here at Bay Area. If you’re not sure where your gifting might be a fit, email email@example.com for help.
GROW WITH OTHERS
Continue to join us regularly for weekly gatherings.
Attending weekly gatherings will help make God a weekly priority and enfold you in community with hundreds of other believers. You will be spurred on in your faith through relevant Biblical teaching and heartfelt worship.
Learn about the church and our mission.
First Step is great if you are new to Bay Area and/or want to learn more about our mission and vision. You can learn about who we are and what your next step here is. You’ll have a chance to connect with others who are just starting out in their spiritual journey. You can learn more at bayareacc.org/nextsteps.
Connect in a missional community.
Join a missional community, which is a group of believers gathering as extended family who love God back, love each other, and love their neighbor. These communities meet every evening of the all over Anne Arundel County in people’s homes. The best way for you to connect to one is by joining us at Next Step. You can learn more at bayareacc.org/nextsteps.
Participate in an upcoming Growth Group.
Growth Groups are learning environments that teach, train, equip people in their next faith step, emphasizing personal growth. For those beginning in their spiritual journey, we’re launching four unique growth groups to mobilize your next step.
Spiritual Gifts - An introduction to spiritual gifts as taught in the Bible. What are they? Where are they found? How do I know what my gifts are? This group should help young believers not only understand spiritual gifts but also help participants learn what their specific gifts are and how they can use them.
Bible 201 New Testament Survey - For someone who has never read through the Bible or perhaps even opened the Bible, this Growth Group would provide a basic understanding of the books in the New Testament, how they are organized, structured, the differences in writing styles/genres, and how to read them.
Generosity - Giving is not about what God wants from you, but what He wants for you! Yet, few followers of Jesus fully experience this truth. Grasp God's heart for generosity in this six-week Growth Group as we explore the biblical basis for financial giving, what it means to be faithful stewards of our resources, how to prioritize our finances and experience financial freedom using a budget, and more.
Foundations 1 - Similar to NT Survey, this Growth Group should provide a basic approach to the key systematic theologies: doctrines of God (attributes & revelation), Jesus (person and work of Christ), Holy Spirit, Bible (inspiration & authority).
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Study Bible - English Standard Version
The New How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur
How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
Now That I’m a Christian: What it Means to Follow Jesus by C. Michael Patton
Chapter A Day Reading Plan by Bay Area Community Church
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
If you’d like to discuss your assessment results or speak with someone about taking your next step, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help you.