Congratulations! You have decided to dedicate your life to following Jesus. You may be wondering what’s next on your journey. We want to help! Join us as we guide you toward the next steps in your walk with Christ.
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
“Your life is no longer your own. You exist for the glory of God.” - Craig Groeschel
We are all born with a sin nature. Because of our sin, we are unable to have a relationship with God without forgiveness.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. - Romans 3:23 NLT
We can’t earn God’s forgiveness — it must be given. Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice so that we could be forgiven.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to dies for us while we were still sinners. - Romans 5:8 NLT
We must accept this free gift from God by committing our lives and heart to Jesus.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. - Romans 10:9 NLT
A Symbol of Your Faith
Baptism shows others that you have been made new. It represents your old sinful life being washed clean because of your faith in Jesus.
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we may also live new lives. - Romans 6:4 NLT
Celebrate Your Faith
If you’ve made the decision to follow Christ, baptism is one of the most meaningful next steps you can take. Baptism is a public celebration of your decision to follow Christ. We hold baptisms at Riverdale Church at various times of the year. If you want to make this next step, click this link and fill out the form with your contact information to get started!
What do followers of Christ Believe?
We believe in God as the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are all one God and are joined together into what we call the Trinity. As a fully devoted follower of Christ, you are a new creation made to live for Him.
God the Father
God is the creator of the world and calls us His children.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don't recognize that we are God's children because they don't know him. - 1 John 3:1 NLT
Jesus is fully God and fully man and is alive today in Heaven.
We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 1 John 1: 1-2 NLT
The Holy Spirit
The power of God is alive in us through the Holy Spirit.
And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. - 1 Corinthians 2:12
How do I grow my faith?
God wants to have a relationship with us and He's given us ways to know Him better. As we get to know God, we better understand His plan for us and we can strive to be more like Jesus.
Read the Bible
The Bible is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. It's God's Word written specifically to guide us through life.
Download the Bible App and find a Bible reading plan to help you make the Bible part of your everyday life.
You can also dig deeper into God's word with the What's Next Bible reading plan.
Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. - Psalms 119:105
Make Prayer Part of Your Day
Prayer is talking to God, and there's nothing more powerful than asking for God's help.
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. - Phillippians 4:6 NLT
Talking to God isn't a one-way street -- He wants to talk to us, too. Take time to learn His voice and listen to His direction for you.
My sheep listen to my voice; I konw them, and they follow me. - John 10:27 NLT
Any time we give God credit for His goodness, we are worshiping Him. When we pray, serve, or help others in their faith, we are following God's will and showing our gratitude for who He is.
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. - Psalms 29:2 NLT
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What's my next step?
Just like any other relationship, we need to invest time and effort into getting to know who God is and what He wants for us.
Life is better together. When we interact with other followers of Christ we find support and encouragement to continue in our faith. One way we connect here at Riverdale is through Community Groups which are offered at various times throughout the year. Visit https://www.riverdalechurch.com/calendar to keep up to date with our upcoming or current Community Groups sessions.
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord's Supper), and to prayer. - Acts 2:42 NLT
When we give our time, talents, or financial gifts, we give God the chance to prove His faithfulness.
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my temple. If you do," says the Lord of Heaven's Amries, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! - Malachi 3:10 NLT
When you experience something as good as God's love, you want to share it with the people in your life! Talk about how God has changed your life, build relationships, and invite someone to come to church with you.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 28:19 NLT