AS A NEW CHRISTIAN
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
I Just Prayed This Simple Prayer
"Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you into my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."
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NOW, WHAT DO I DO?
If you prayed this prayer and meant it with all your heart, YOU ARE SAVED! You have now been born again, spiritually, and are a child of God. Your sins have been forgiven, and today begins the first day of many in your new walk with God.
If you are unsure more information on how to become a Christian here.
We Are Glad You Decided To Give Your Life To Jesus Christ.
As a Christian What Should I do Next?
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, as a Christian you should:
1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.
The reason that this is important is that the Bible tells us what God wants us to do, it is God’s Word. As you begin to read it every day, it will cause you to grow spiritually. More information on understanding God's Word here and Bible Study Methods here.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalms 119:105
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
It’s important to pray and talk to God daily. He longs to hear from you and to fellowship with you. Prayer is a wonderful resource many Christians neglect to use, but it is a BIG part of having a relationship with God.
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:22
Check out a Scriptural model Christian prayer here.
You don’t have to use eloquent speech and try and be someone your not with God. He knows your heart and wants you to talk to him like you would any dear friend, with reverence of course. You can talk to God about anything, He is your heavenly father, and He wants to know you and have a relationship with you.
"Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6.
More information on talking to God in prayer here.
3. As a new Christian be water baptized.
Baptism symbolizes your new life in Christ and proclaims that you are now committed to Jesus.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Matthew 28:19
Jesus was baptized. Luke 3:21-22. And He calls His followers also to be baptized. Baptism was practiced by the very first followers of Jesus. "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." Acts 2:41
Usually, the leaders of a local church perform the baptism. A local church pastor or church leader should be glad to speak with you about baptism if you express your interest. We get baptized because we are saved, not to be saved. More information on water baptism here.
4. Worship, Fellowship, and build Friendships with other Christians.
In a church where Christ is preached.
The Christian life is designed to be enjoyed with others. Jesus invested much of His ministry with 12 disciples as His closest friends. He likewise calls us to live in community with one another. If you would like more information about finding a caring local Church in your area feel free to contact us here.
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
The New Testament has a lot “one another” verses that refer to loving one another, serving one another, encouraging one another, and praying for one another. Each of these commands requires relationships with other Christians.
5. Serve with Other Christians.
As you begin your new life as a Christian, you will find a new love inside you giving you a desire to help others. The Holy Spirit will lead you in ways to help. You might serve the poor in your community, assist a neighbor with yard work, or visit a sick friend in the hospital.
" If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
(1 John 3:17-18).
6. Tell others about Christ.
Becoming a Christian is not a secret; it’s a celebration! Tell all who will listen about Christ’s work in your life. It’s up to us as Christians to share the good news with others. Maybe you know someone close to you who don’t know Christ and isn’t saved and on their way to heaven, you can lead that person to Christ. If you don’t know what to say, just share what you know and what God has done for you. If they know they are a sinner and need a Savior and they want to pray and ask forgiveness of their sins and trust Christ as their Savior then you can lead them in prayer or let them pray on their own, its straightforward Today, Christians are still called to share the hope within us with others.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
It’s helpful to memorize the scriptures that tell us about Christ and how to be saved. Everyone should know John 3:16 and on top of that a big help to lead someone to Christ is the Romans Road: Romans 3:23, Romans 3:10, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16.
More on sharing the Gospel here.
These are simply helpful tips.
On how to grow in your new faith; they are not a list of requirements to become a Christian or to stay a Christian. "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." (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God started the work in you, and He promises to finish it. (Philippians 1:6) "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." God bless you as you continue to mature in your faith!
If You Experience Some Doubts About Your Own Salvation.
Now that you’re a new Christian I want you to know that you may experience doubts that you’re not saved or that nothing has really happened to you. This can be because the feeling of excitement has worn off, but it’s important to know that you’re not saved because you had a certain feeling when it happened.
The Bible Says “If you declare 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
Feelings don’t prove were saved or not, if you truly asked forgiveness of your sins and sincerely put your trust in Jesus Christ for your eternal salvation then YOU ARE SAVED!
As Christians “For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) this also means we don’t walk by feelings or our senses. When we trust Christ and put our faith in him, we are saved. More about confidence in your new relationship with Christ here.
I highly recommend if you are a new Christian to follow these steps I’ve outlined above. They will be a great help and encouragement to you. Even if you have never prayed, read a Bible before or been to church don’t feel silly to try. God wants you to talk to him and understand His word, and the right church family will make you feel welcome and help you grow spiritually in your walk with the Lord.
If you would like more information about finding a nurturing biblical Church in your area feel free to contact us. There are many types of churches with different beliefs, and as a new Christian, it can be hard to know which one is the right one to inspire biblical spiritual growth. I would be more than happy to help put you find a caring Bible believing Church that will help you grow here.
If you have any questions about anything I have talked about here, I am willing to answer questions personally here.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to study the Bible and grow spiritually this year. Are you ready? Here goes…
Study a Book of the Bible - If you are new to the Bible or a new Christian we highly recommend starting at the Book of John in the New Testament. We have two study guides on the Gospel of John.
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