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EXPLORING CHRIST

Whether you want to put your faith in Jesus for the very first time or renew your commitment to him, it’s never too late. Below is a resource to discover the claims of Christ and discover its impact on your everyday life for eternity.

Are you ready to make a fresh start with God?


God loves you and wants to give you a fresh start.  The only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him is to trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for you and repent—turn from your sins. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God—this is called praying—and tell Him you believe in His Son.

 

We suggest a prayer like this:

“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN?

You've heard the term "Christian" before, but what does that mean? Is it a nebulous term or does it carry significance?

 

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SCRIPTURES

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." II Corinthians 5:17

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

II Corinthians 5:17

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:4

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 8:11

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14

But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:3

But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

II Corinthians 5:21

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.

Romans 8:14

…put on the new man, which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:24

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

…put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.

Colossians 3:10

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

 

READY TO MAKE A DECISION?

Let us guide you through the prayer of salvation if you are ready to make the decision to receive Jesus Christ as Lord.

Step 1: LET US KNOW 

If you prayed the prayer above, please complete the form below. We want to celebrate and pray with you. Also, let us know and receive your Fresh Start Packet.

Step 2: BAPTISM

Now that you have made a decision to follow Jesus, it's time to be baptized. Baptism is an important symbol of your new life in Christ. It is the first step of obedience that every new Christian takes after coming to Christ.

And, it is an experience that you will never forget as you follow in the footsteps of billions of Christians before you who have been baptized.

Step 3:  THE NEXT STEP...

To help you take the next steps in your new relationship with Christ, our Founding Pastor, Michael Schaefer, has written a book just for: The Next Steps for Your Journey. 

You can download this free e-book by clicking the button below.

 

LISTEN TO TEACHING MESSAGES

Listen to previous messages that could be helpful as you explore Christ!

BOOKS ON EXPLORING CHRIST

Read relevant books that may help you examine the case of Christ more thoroughly. 

 

Mike Schaefer

God wants you to have a meaningful life in relationship with Him through His son, Jesus. He doesn't force that desire on you. He gives you a choice. On your own, you can do nothing to bring you into right relationship with God. Good works won't do it. Religion won't do it. Good works won't do it. This book is designed to help you get started on your journey.

Free

THE NEXT STEP FOR YOUR JOURNEY

Lee Strobel 

 

A seasoned journalist chases down the biggest story in history--is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the son of god? 

Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? 

Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this Gold Medallion-winning book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ? 

"Lee Strobel probes with bulldog-like tenacity the evidence for the truth of biblical Christianity."--Bruce M. Metzger, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Lee Strobel asks the questions a tough-minded skeptic would ask. His book is so good I read it out loud to my wife evenings after dinner. Every inquirer should have it."--Phillip E. Johnson, Law Professor, University of California at Berkeley

$14.56

THE CASE FOR CHRIST

Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers, he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

$20.73

REASON FOR GOD

Lee Strobel 

 

Was God telling the truth when he said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”?

In his #1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God’s unique son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief―the eight “heart barriers” to faith. This Gold Medallion-winning book is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with difficult questions standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends.

“Everyone―seekers, doubters, fervent believers―benefits when Lee Strobel hits the road in search of answers, as he does again in The Case for Faith. In the course of his probing interviews, some of the toughest intellectual obstacles to faith fall away.”

―Luis Palau

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THE CASE FOR FAITH

Pastor Jason Kimberly 

 

Imagine if you could read the narrative of Jesus Christ in one full, seamless story, using every detail found in all four gospels of the Bible. What would you learn along the way? Would it uniquely enlighten you? Would it clarify events that may have confused you in the past?

$16.99

THE UNPUZZLED JOURNEY

Lee Strobel

 

"My road to atheism was paved by science . . . but, ironically, so was my later journey to God," Strobel says.

During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was obsolete, a belief that colored his journalism career. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant - or so Strobel thought.

But today science points in a different direction. A diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason. Has science discovered God? At the very least, it's giving faith an immense boost, as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe.

Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling and highly readable account, you’ll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness that present astonishing evidence in The Case for a Creator.

$10.98

THE CASE FOR A CREATOR

 

FREE TRAINING COURSES

Look through our collection of free online training courses. Each video module is about 3-8 minutes long. Most courses take around 20 minutes. To view a course for free click on the link saying, "Take Our Free Course."

Without a doubt, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Who was Jesus?” There is no doubt that Jesus has, by far, the highest name recognition throughout the world. Fully one-third of our world’s population—about 2.5 billion people—call themselves Christians. Islam, which comprises about 1.5 billion people, actually recognizes Jesus as the second greatest prophet after Muhammad. Of the remaining 3.2 billion people, most have either heard of the name of Jesus or know about Him.

ABOUT JESUS

Scripture tells us that when we become a believer, we also become a new creation. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

NEW BELIEVER FOUNDATIONS

The second chapter of the book of Acts tells the story of the birth of the New Testament church. It was born in a dynamic display of power that was a dramatic witness to its divine origin. The community of believers multiplied as the power of God was evidenced by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The disciples of Jesus Christ were filled with zeal. The sermons of the apostles proclaimed Christ and his resurrection from the grave. Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection ignited the church.

WHY WE NEED THE CHURCH AND SO DOES THE WORLD

Apologetics is the religious discipline of defending or proving the truth of religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse. Early Christian writers who defended their beliefs against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called Christian apologists. In 21st century usage, 'apologetics' is often identified with debates over religion and theology

ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

The most difficult thing about the Christian concept of the Trinity is that there is no way to perfectly and completely understand it. The Trinity is a concept that is impossible for any human being to fully understand, let alone explain. God is infinitely greater than we are, therefore, we should not expect to be able to fully understand Him.

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRINITY

We all trust in something. Even the most skeptical among us exercises complete trust in many things. When we stand up, we trust that our legs will hold us. When we sit down, we trust the chair. We trust that, when we inhale, the right amount of oxygen will be present to sustain us. When we go to bed, we trust that the earth will continue its rotation so that morning will come. We have chosen to place trust in these things because of their past reliability. We choose to trust; otherwise, we would live in in a constant state of fear and uncertainty.

CAN I TRUST THAT THE BIBLE IS TRUE?

Following Jesus is not a one-time decision, but a lifelong journey. No matter how long you've been a Christian, we all have the next step in our walk with Jesus.

NEXT STEPS FOR NEW BELIEVERS

ONLINE DEVOTIONALS

Look through online devotionals offered by You Version, which will help you explore Christ.

 

6  Days​

This six-day plan uses daily Scripture, devotionals, and a short film to uncover how we can apply the story of the Prodigal Son to our own lives. This video portion presents the parable in a modern telling so readers can discover how Christ sees them, and then be compelled by this understanding to live a life devoted to Him.

HOME AGAIN

5 Days

Because of sin, our world is broken. It seems that there is a huge gap between us and God that we can never overcome. But God had a plan for our salvation, and that plan was Jesus. This video plan shows you how Jesus closed the gap between you and God so you can enjoy the forgiveness and eternal life that he brings. 

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WORLD?

7 Days

The decision to follow Jesus is just the beginning of our spiritual journey. It is not just a moment in time but the start of change in our lives. We must learn how to understand what God desires, how to communicate with Him, and how to start living a life centered around our commitment to follow Him. This simple devotional walks you through each of these initial steps.

FIRST STEPS FOR NEW BELIEVERS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have questions on exploring Christ? We have looked to answer some of the commonly asked questions on Jesus. 

 

TESTIMONIES

Find out how faith has impacted the life of others.