A 2010 report by Barna indicated that nearly 65 million adults had not attended church services or activities in the then previous six months. That is a massive number of individuals who are not receiving the word of God and are disconnected from the body of Christ.
One of the biggest lies that Satan has been feeding the children of God is that it is too late to return to grace. We are God’s children. He loves all of us no matter what we have done in sin or how long we have been away. God is waiting with open arms for your return.
There are six things for you to do in your return to God:
- Become saved, get baptized, repent, and turn away from your sins.
- Find a church home and begin to attend church
- Take notes on the sermon given by the Pastor of the church.
- Study the bible, the word of God, on a daily basis even if it is only for 20 or 30 minutes.
- Use your sermon notes to guide your further study of the bible.
The first step in your return to God is to become saved, get baptized, repent, and turn away from your sins. It is very simple to become saved. You simply need to answer this question with a yes: Do you believe that Jesus was crucified, died on the cross, but rose on the third day and is now alive and well; seated at the right hand of God making intercession for all of us? In doing so, you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
You become baptized; submersion in water just as John the Baptist baptized Jesus in Matthew 3:13-17. “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fufill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and , lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
You then repent and turn away from your sins. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You confess your sins to God, turn away from those sinful ways, and sin no more. You can completely forget about your sins because God will do the same. Hebrews 8:12 states, “God will not remember our transgressions or sins…” You become a new creature; with a new nature, new creation righteousness. Phillipians 3:13 states, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”
The next step in your return to God will start with your return to church. You must become a part of the body of Christ; the church. This is where you will be fed with the word of God through sermon. The sermon is the word of God for the people delivered through the Pastor of the church. The purpose of the sermon is to equip the children of God with the armor needed to perfect our state of spirit beings mastering the human experience.
No matter how uncomfortable you may feel when you return to church, you need to understand that Satan will not like your gradual walk into the light. You can expect Satan to attack with trials and attempt to put negative thoughts into your mind. He will try to make you feel like you don’t belong. He will use people to do negative things to turn you away or try to cause you to react in evil ways.
Remember, you are a child of God. You don’t have to accept Satan’s negative ideas, thoughts, or suggestions. Tell him, “Get behind me Satan. You are a liar. For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God. And I will worship Him and only Him.” The bible states in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Keep in mind that the people that you will see in church are not perfect. You are not perfect. None of us are perfect. The church is not perfect. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s grace. Regardless of what you may know about those around you, do not focus on the lifestyles, morals, or actions of others. You are in church for you; for your salvation. This is all about you and your personal relationship with God. The people around you cannot get you into heaven. So, why focus on who they are and what they do? You must instead focus on who you are in Christ and what you do; your Christian walk, your connection with God, your relationship with others, and building yourself up in Christ.
When you attend church, take notes on the sermon given by the Pastor. It is virtually impossible to remember everything. Remember, you are in church to be fed the word of the God. You don’t want to miss any part of it.
It is important to know the word for yourself as well. Spend time studying the bible and learning the word; even if it is only for 20 or 30 minutes each day. You can use your sermon notes for further bible study. In doing so, you build yourself up strongly in Christ. Furthermore, you become both a hearer and doer of the word and you begin to live what you learn through your Christian walk…bigger, stronger, and faster!
You grow at your own pace. You learn as you grow. The Lord has promised redemption when people turn away from sins. Go to Isaiah 59:15-21.
As you can see, it is very easy and very possible. Come, come now! Return to God. He is waiting. Grab on to his everlasting hand.