'Even though the world may think I'm losing touch with reality, it would be crazy to choose this world over all of eternity' [MercyMe]

The start line

You’ve received the invitation. You’ve learnt a bit about what the journey is about. You’re willing to believe that the claims of Jesus are true, and starting to realise that this journey of knowing God through Jesus could be worthwhile.

So what now? “Where do you start?”.

This journey is similar in many ways to a marriage. A marriage starts during a wedding ceremony, when two people to meet together in the presence of a recognised authority and two witnesses and sign a piece of paper. That description kind of takes all the romance out of it doesn’t it? However the wedding ceremony itself does not make a marriage. A marriage involves ongoing commitment of the husband and wife, sharing a life together in which they continually learn more about each other and deepen the love they feel for each other, enjoying the good times and enduring the not-so-good times together. The wedding ceremony is just the start of the marriage.

This journey is not just about making a decision to start the journey, and then going back to living life as you have done.  This journey is about the ongoing process of building a relationship with God, learning about His character, building your trust in Him, talking with Him, surrendering the control of your life to Him, and worshiping Him with your life. It is about making a daily commitment and renewal in your mind about your new goals, priorities and direction that your life is now taking.

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Its good to start this journey with a simple prayer, one that acknowledges your desire to walk this journey. An example prayer is available here. The actual words you use are not critical, its that your words flow from the desire of your heart, and it involves a surrender of everything to God.  

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Next, find a Bible and start reading about our God . Read the first two books of the Bible – Genesis and Exodus, to help put the rest of the Bible in context. Read Job 38-42, and Isaiah 40-42 to get a glimpse of the “bigness” of God. Then read through Psalms, the prayers of others who were building a relationship with God and worshipping him. Then, with this background, read through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament to learn more about who Jesus is, what He commands those who do accept His invitation to follow Him. Please contact us if you would like more information, a copy of a Bible or a brief Bible study that might help you to start understanding some of the riches that the Bible contains.  

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Continue talking to God. This journey is about building a relationship with God, so talking to him is important! Whilst you can talk to God anywhere, nothing beats taking the time to find a quiet place where you can be uninterrupted, be still, and talk to God through prayer.  Honest prayers are the best ones – King David wrote down many of this prayers in the book of Psalms, and in these prayers he sometimes questions God, sometimes cries out to God, expressing his fears and anxieties, sometimes gets angry at God, but often he worships the glory of God.  Ask God for wisdom as you read through the Bible, and direction as you walk this journey. There are also many times that the best prayer is just to be still and know that God is God.

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Find other people who are walking this journey. If possible look for a church in your local area that places great importance on knowing God through Jesus and worshipping Him.  Make sure the God they worship is the awesome, amazing, incredible, loving God of the Bible, that the Bible is the foundation of all their teaching. Is their worship is reflected in their own lives and actions, surrendering everything to Him and helping people in need? Tell other people about this journey, and encourage one another as you walk this path.

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Finally, have a further look around this website, and read more about what this journey promises. Read through the travelling experiences here, or select the links on the top or bottom of this page.

Feel free to ask questions or suggest topics that aren’t already covered.

If you have decided to embark on this journey, then welcome!  This is exciting.  It would be great to hear from you.

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