Jesus

If you are searching for truth and want to get know Jesus or you’re ready right now to say a prayer to welcome Jesus into your life, then you’ve come to the right place!

Getting to know Jesus

A relationship with Jesus and the gift of eternal life is something that God freely offers to everyone. To receive this gift is an act of faith.
In the Bible, the gospel of John says it like this: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’ (John 3:16).

To receive this gift of eternal life, it starts with a simple prayer that says three things to God:

a) Sorry

You have to ask God to forgive you for all the things you have done wrong and turn from everything which you know is wrong in your life. This is what the Bible means by ‘repentance’.

b) Thank you

We believe that Jesus died for us on the cross. You need to thank Him for dying for you and for the offer of His free gift of forgiveness, freedom and His Spirit.

c) Please

God never forces His way into our lives. You need to accept His gift and invite Him to come and live within you by His Spirit.

If you would like to have a relationship with God and you are ready to say these three things, then here is a very simple prayer which you can pray and which will be the start of that relationship:

Lord Jesus Christ,
I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life (take a few moments
to ask His forgiveness for anything particular that is on your conscience).
Please forgive me. I now turn from everything that I know is wrong.
Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.
Thank you that you offer me forgiveness and the gift of your Spirit. I now receive that gift.
Please come into my life by your Holy Spirit to be with me forever.
Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Three Ways to Grow Your Faith

1) Talk with Someone

Fill out our “Talk with Someone” Form below if you’d like someone to get in touch with you and help you in your search for truth or your decision to start a relationship with Jesus.

2) Develop your Understanding

We’d love to encourage you to join an Alpha Course (see below) where you can learn more about Jesus. Along with this why not start reading your Bible (the Gospels is a great place to start!) and praying to God (talking to Him).

3) Get Connected to Church

If you are in Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Sunderland, Birmingham, London, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Kuala Lumpur or Accra, then you are welcome to join us for one of our weekly Sunday Services (check out the Locations in the menu for more details). If you’re not in a location where Hope City Church is, we’d love to point you in the right direction of great local church near you.

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    The Alpha Course

    Alpha is a great opportunity to explore the Christian faith and has been attended by millions of people all around the world.

    Each session includes a fresh, interesting talk. The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation.  They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us? And there’s time to discuss and ask questions. This is probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

    If you’re searching for truth or have recently made a decision to follow Jesus, or you’re just curious, the Alpha is absolutely for you!

    If you’d like to give it a try, you can get started right away with our free ONLINE TASTER COURSE. All you need to do is sign up and you can watch the first three episodes at your own pace. Click here to get started!

    At the end of this taster course, you’ll have the opportunity to join one of our ONLINE ALPHA GROUPS to explore the rest of the series with others. Ask questions, join in the discussion, find answers – all hosted by one of our friendly Alpha Course Leaders (if you’d like to do that right from the start of the course, you can sign up here).

    Baptism

    Baptism for Christians is an important moment in their journey of faith when they publicly declare their decision to follow Jesus Christ. But it’s more than just a declaration.

    Baptism is an act of faith and obedience. It is one of the key instructions Jesus gives to all believers if they want to choose to follow Him.

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

    Jesus himself was baptised. Even though he was without sin, he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow.

    “At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” Mark 1:9 MSG

    When we are baptised we publicly declare our decision to follow Jesus and to live our lives in obedience to His Word, turning from our sin and living a life of faith.

    The reason that we are immersed in water during our baptism is to act as a symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Going down into the water represents the death of our old life and rising from the waters represents the new life we receive in Christ.

    “Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 MSG

    Baptism becomes a key date in your life, just like marriage, which you can celebrate as the day you recognised the new life Jesus has given you before family and friends. Baptism is not something we do in order to believe. It is what we do to show that we have already accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.

    How are we to be baptised?

    As a church we believe in baptism by full immersion in water. The word “baptise” itself comes from the Greek word “baptizo” which means “to immerse or dip under water”. Full immersion is the way Jesus was baptised and so we choose to do the same.

    Who should be baptised?

    Every person who chooses to follow Jesus Christ and become a Christian.

    How can I find out more?

    Throughout the year we hold baptisms in our services. If you would like to be baptised, or you would like to find out more about it then contact your location and one of our pastoral team will be in touch.