If you are new to Bethel Church, just starting your faith journey, or need a fresh start – join us for Starting Point.
San Jose Campus Starting Point
Sundays at 9:15 am in the Starting Point Room (Room 102) and includes coffee & breakfast snacks.
Santa Clara Campus Starting Point
Sundays at 9:15 am in The House (begins Aug 23rd), includes coffee & breakfast snacks
Steps to Peace with God
1. God’s Plan - Peace & Life
God loves you and wants you to experience His peace and life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
2. Our Problem - Separation
Being at peace with God is not automatic, because by nature you are
separated from God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Our attempts to reach God...
People have tried in many ways to bridge the gap between themselves and God.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end
it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
3. God’s Remedy - The Cross
God’s love bridges the gap of separation between God and you. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and arose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sins.
“He personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross.” (1 Peter 2:24)
4. Our Response - Receive Christ
You cross the bridge into God’s family when you receive Christ by personal invitation.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.” (John 1:12)
“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved”. (Romans 10:13)
To receive Christ you need to do four things:
1. Admit your spiritual need. “I am a sinner.”
2. Repent and be willing to turn from your sin.
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
4. Receive through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and life.
My First 4 Bible Studies
+ Bible Study #1
LESSON ONE - The Gospel
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has four themes:
1. Man’s Greatest Problem is Sin - Romans 3:23 states, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” The Bible says all people are sinners and your sin separates you from God.
2. God Loves You - The Bible says in 1 John 4:9-10, “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world...as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” God loves you so much that He has provided a way for your sins to be forgiven. (Also see John 3:16)
3. Christ is the Answer - Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus Christ died for your sins. You must accept Him as your personal Savior and Lord if you are to benefit from the forgiveness He purchased for you on the Cross. (See also Acts 4:12)
4. Faith is the Key - Faith involves three things:
1) Repentance... “The time has come,” He said, “The Kingdom of God is near”. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
2) Confession... “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
3) Heart Belief - Faith... “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) You must place your full and complete trust for eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ.
+ Bible Study #2
LESSON TWO - What is Repentance?
Repentance is an act of faith necessary in order to receive forgiveness for your sins. Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you too will perish”. (Luke 13:3)
Regret... The Wrong Way - Repentance is not regret. Many regret or feel sorry for their sins. This only leads to remorse, a torturing of personal guilt. Sometimes people blame others for their problems. This is a reprisal. Reprisal only destroys your relationships.
Repentance... The Right Way - Repentance is turning from your sin and giving your life to God. Repentance is the only way to the true Christian life. Repentance includes three definite actions:
1) Confession of all past sin
2) Present acceptance of Christ as Savior
3) Future commitment to Christ as Lord of all
The moment you repent, you are released from guilt and true faith comes into your life. Your repentance also affects family and friends. You will develop a new, deeper relationship of love with them. You will discover a desire to bring them to Jesus Christ.
Finally, after repentance, God reveals Himself to you. When you turn from your own selfish ways, God begins to make his way more clear to you each day through His Word. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Question 1: What did Peter say is God’s desire for everyone? “The time has come”. He said, “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
Question 2: What does Mark say Christ came preaching? Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
Question 3: How did Peter conclude his first sermon?
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LESSON THREE - How Do You Grow in Faith?
You cannot grow physically or spiritually without food. Just as natural food supplies the energy for your physical growth, the Bible is the food which supplies the energy for your spiritual growth. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. Your Christian growth will be in direct proportion to your increasing knowledge of God’s Word. Personal Bible study must become a regular part of you daily routine.
The Bible should become the most important book in your life. Read it! Study it! Cherish it! Use it! Let it grow on you!
Jesus answered, “It is written, Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. (Mathew 4:4)
Question 1: In Matthew 4:4, how did Jesus say man should live?
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Question 2: Ask yourself - What four things are provided in the Scripture according to 2 Timothy 3:16?
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2-3)
Question 3: What reason does Peter give for reading the Word?
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STEPS - To Begin Your New Life
Congratulations on your decision to follow Jesus Christ!
It is suggested that you follow these three steps to begin your new life in Christ:
Complete your personal prayer of repentance (decribed below) and read it out loud to a Christian friend.
You are invited to come to Bethel’s Starting Point group to discuss and answer questions you might have.
Write out your personal prayer: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Past: Confession of all past sinfulness: [write response]
“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
Present: Acceptance of Christ as my Savior: [write response]
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)
Future: Commitment to Christ as my Lord: [write response]