Enjoy walking through the tabs below to help you identify what your next step might be in your relationship with God. If you’re in the Information Stage (haven’t stepped into a relationship with God yet), I encourage you to ask questions. God will reveal Himself to you!
If you’re looking for a powerful way to engage in the Bible, check out our SOAP page. Enjoy!
Who am I?
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we’ve made mistakes and, if Jesus is the standard, we fall way short. This is the reality of our condition.
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is sobering. Since a wage is something we earn, then death is what we deserve. However, because of God’s great love for us, He offers a gift (those are free of charge) that we don’t deserve-eternal life.
It’s no wonder that God created us, in light of the complexity of our bodies, minds, and souls. The hand of God is evident in every part of our beings. We are a child of His, made by Him, and for His pleasure.
It’s in the light of the cross that we understand who we’ve become… that we’ve messed up God’s perfect plan and yet are still objects of His unconditional love. His love toward us is what compels Him to reveal Himself to us, love us, interact with us, and ultimately make a way for us to restore relationship with Him.
Who is God?
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
God demonstrated His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Peter 3:9
God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Wow, if ever the heart of a father was clearly pronounced it’s done so through what God has done for us through Jesus. God is a loving, yet just, Father who has gone to the limit to show us who we are and who He is. He loves us so much, that in spite of the decisions we’ve made to turn our backs on Him, He demonstrates the ultimate example of unconditional love.
Who is Venture?
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Around Venture, we’re committed to helping you take your next steps in your relationship with God by Loving God, Loving People, and Serving Others.
It all starts with loving God. As our relationship with God grows, it changes our heart toward others and we’re compelled to start meaningful conversations. Then loving people… as we care for others, we realize that our greatest need is our spiritual need, so we’re intentional about sharing the hope found in Jesus with others. Then, serving others. We believe that the highest mark of spiritual maturity is when we freely give ourselves away for God and others. We’re committed to partnering with God in what He’s doing in Bozeman.
Salvation Through Jesus
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
The Bible tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
But what does it really mean to “believe” in God?
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
When we hear about what God has done for us, and come to understand the love He has for us and the price He has paid, we’re responsible to act on that.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Confessing our sin is a healthy response to God’s love for us. Pride is what often keeps us from admitting that we’ve done anything wrong. Confession is our first step toward healing, as we’re taking responsibility for what we’ve done.
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There is no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
To repent is to turn away from our sin and turn toward God. It’s more than just saying “sorry.” Repentance requires us to take action.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
To believe in God is more than just acknowledging that He exists. When we believe in something we make sacrifices for it and make plans around it. As a result, it changes the way we live. If we “believe” in God, we believe that He is who He says He is and we trust Him with all the areas of our lives.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God – not by works so that no one can boast.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
Each of us has a choice to make. We must decide what we’ll do with Jesus. Either we’ll dismiss Him and His teachings and rely on ourselves for eternity, or we’ll invite Him into our lives by giving Him FULL CONTROL of each and every day as well as trusting Him with eternity. When we receive a gift, the first thing we do is open it and then we start to enjoy it. If the free gift of Jesus is never received and applied to our lives, we’ll never enjoy the life that God desires for us.
If you’d like more information or would like to talk with someone about taking your next step toward Jesus, click on the box below.
Baptism: Public Declaration
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Baptism is your next step after surrendering your life to Jesus and receiving salvation through Jesus Christ. Around Venture, we believe that the Bible clearly teaches that baptism is a vital part of your decision to follow Jesus.
WHY SHOULD I GET BAPTIZED?
1. TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS:
“One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.”
2. BECAUSE JESUS COMMANDS IT:
Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
3. BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATES I AM A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST:
1 John 2:3
“And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.”
If you’d like to get baptized, please click on the box below! We look forward to following up with you.
Application: Intentional Growth
Unfortunately, we tend to be educated far beyond our level of obedience. Our problem is not that we need to know more, our problem is that we’re not applying what we already know.
In order for transformation to take place in our lives, not only do we need to know the truths of God’s Word, but we need to put them into practice. As you dig into God’s Word, we strongly recommend using the S.O.A.P. method of Bible Study (SOAP).
The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
Jesus said, “Even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.
Mentorship: Accountable Growth
Why do I need a mentor?
Let us consider how we can spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
We weren’t meant to live life alone. When we can dig into the Bible and apply it to our lives with someone else, we’re more likely to actually do it. Accountability is something that each and every one of us needs, no matter where we are along the way.
Serve: Church and Community
Seeing needs and meeting them, wherever they are and whatever they look like.
Serving with Venture
Why should I serve?
When we serve others, it changes us. Serving takes our eyes off ourselves while helping us recognize how God has blessed us. When you serve with Venture, you’re partnering with us in advancing the Kingdom of God right here in Bozeman and around the world.
How do I serve with Venture?
Join us for Discover Serving after each service on the 2nd Sunday of each month to discover tangible ways to engage through serving. You can also track down any one of our greeters and they can get you connected with who you need to talk with, or you can simply let us know on your Communication Card on Sunday. If you’d like to let us know right now, just click on “contact us” below and let us know how you’re interested in serving.
What opportunities are available?
As a result of Venture being very involved in the community, we can provide many opportunities for you to serve, both on Sundays and during the week.
Here are some of the ways you can serve:
- 1st Impressions
- Set-up/tear down
- Venture Kids
- Website/social media
- PIT Crew (Prayer Team)
- Family Promise
- Serve the City projects
- Working on vehicles
- Help with moving people
- Taking treats to Whittier faculty and staff
- Cooking meals
Group Life: Amplified Growth
Resisting the temptation of isolation.
We live in a culture in which time spent with others is held with little value. We’re taught to watch out for me and mine and that includes our time and our schedules. Unfortunately, so many buy into this mindset and sell out on what God has for us, in exchange for what we want for ourselves. God created us to live in community with each other. He knows how much we need each other and how selfish we become when we isolate ourselves from others.
Here’s an example of what happens when we live in community, and what we miss out on when we don’t:
Acts 2:42, 45-47
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. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshipped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
We believe that transformation takes place when we decide to roll up our sleeves and commit to living life together. One of the best opportunities you’ll have to experience spiritual growth is joining one of our Venture Groups. Venture Groups are small groups of people that gather throughout the week and are committed to taking their next steps toward God. These groups are designed to help us answer the question: “How do I show people who Jesus is every day?”
Take your next step and find a group for you! Here’s a link to a list of groups that are taking place right now.
Member: Join the team!
Giving back to God.
It’s powerful when we make the decision to partner with God in what He is doing through the local church. The defining mark or someone who is ready for this step is generosity. However, we often have to get past some misconceptions and realize:
Generosity is not something God wants FROM you, it is something He wants FOR you.
Generosity is the next step toward living life like Jesus. As we come to understand the reality of John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” – it changes us. We realize that we serve a very generous God who has given it all, for us. In response, our next step is to follow in His footsteps by intentionally being more generous in every area of our lives. This includes, but is not limited to, our time, our energy, and our finances.
It’s in taking this step that we communicate that we understand that “church” is not FOR ME. It’s not about satisfying our wants, desires, or preferences. We realize that as a part of “the church” or “the body of Christ” that we have a specific and special role to play. We commit to living our lives for God and others, rather than for myself.
Understandably, our time and our energy are easier for us to give than our money. Jesus knew that this would be the case, so He talked about our finances often. Here are some resources for you if you want to study further.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
When we give financially, we’re making a clear statement to God about who is the most important in our life. As we grow in our giving, we’re better able to understand who our stuff belongs to.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Moving past the expectation.
Giving can easily become an area of legalism in our lives if we’re not careful. Meaning, we tend to give because we feel like we “have to.” This mentality isn’t healthy in any area of our lives, especially giving. The goal in all areas of spiritual discipline is to move past the expectation and into the depths of the relationship. You’ll notice that once you’ve given your tenth (tithe), you’ll have incredible opportunities to be generous. This is where giving becomes fun.
You can also check out:
- Genesis 14:18-20 and 28:20-22
- Deuteronomy 26
- *Malachi 3:6-12
- Mark 14:3-11
- Luke 19:1-10
- 2 Corinthians 8 and 9
- *Acts 4:32-37-The only thing the early church had as a platform for their message was compassion and generosity.
- Galatians 6:16
- *1 Timothy 5:17-18 and 6:3-10
Mentor: Make Disciples
Each of us should have:
- Someone pouring into us.
- Someone we’re pouring into (preferably 3).
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
When we’re intentional in our relationships with others, we can help each other become men and women of character and integrity. There’s an element of accountability in this relationship in which we become obligated to ask each other the tough questions. This only happens when there’s genuine concern for the development of the other. When we’re not intentional in our relationships with others, we set ourselves up for others to corrupt our character.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commended you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
When we break it down, each and every one of us (who claims to have a relationship with Jesus) has been commissioned to “make disciples.” How are you doing in this area? Unfortunately this can tend to be one of the most neglected areas of our faith in Jesus. However, He doesn’t leave us the option to neglect it.
2 Timothy 2:2
You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
Mentoring is the intentional process of helping others become all that God has created them to be so they can live life to the full. Part of that process is developing them in such a way that they can help others through the same process. It’s fun to be transformed and see what God is doing in us, however, it multiplies the impact when the people we mentor are mentoring others and they’re even mentoring others.
We’ve been called to make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples.
Who are you mentoring? (Name 3 people.)
Who are they mentoring?
Leadership: Develop leaders
It’s in this stage that life changes forever. You’re committed to developing leaders who develop leaders. This isn’t a stage of power and position, but is ultimately characterized by humility and compassion. Your love for others has so outgrown your love for success, fame, and fortune that you’re committing to pouring your life into others, so that they can pour their lives into others. This is a never-ending process of disciple making and leadership development. A continuous process of becoming more and more like Jesus in how you lead, conduct yourself, and give your life away for others.
By this stage, you’re very involved in what we’re doing and are leading the way in generosity!