Welcome! I’m thrilled that you are reading this because it means that you made a decision to follow Christ! And that is the most exciting news I’ve heard all day! It’s time now to go over some important steps for you, the new believer. Are you ready?
Did you just come here from making your decision of which eternal destination you want to have? If you chose eternal life, you made the right decision!
First of all, let me say, Congratulations on accepting Christ as your Lord and Saviour! You are embarking on an exciting journey with God. This journey is a day by day walk with God as He will never leave you alone, Hebrews 13:5 and is with you always, Matthew 28:20.
You are probably asking yourself, what do I do next now that I have put my faith in Christ?
Steps for the New Believer
Here are six small but important steps for you to take next:
1. Make Time for God
First, you need to make time to be with God. He wants to spend time with you and you can do that through prayer and reading the Bible.
Prayer is simply having a conversation with God, much as you have with your family or friends. He already knows what you are thinking, Psalm 139:4, but He wants to hear you talk with Him because He is ready to talk with you. Not so much in an audible voice but in your spirit and through the words in your Bible.
It’s important to spend time with God on a daily basis. Decide to give Him the first part of your day, that way you have peace throughout the rest of your day and can tackle anything that comes your way.
2. Get a Bible
To hear from God, you will need a Bible. To learn about God, you will need a Bible. Your Bible will become your most treasured possession as it contains all the truth you need as you journey through life with God.
There are many different versions of Bibles. My preference is the King James Version (KJV) but that may not suit you. You may like the New American Standard Bible (NASB) or even the English Standard Version (ESV). Whichever Bible you decide on, ensure that it is a word-for-word translation and not a thought-for-thought translation. Word-for-word translations are more accurate to the Hebrew and Greek languages.
If you like to use your mobile device, you may consider installing a Bible app such as Bible Gateway or Blue Letter Bible. Even the Gideons Bible App is a good choice. As you go through the Bible app, you can find a version that suits you, then you may want to purchase a Bible from your local Christian Bookstore or online.
A great place to start reading would be in the Gospels. I would begin with the Book of John in the New Testament. It is the fourth Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke,
3. Find a Bible-believing Church
With so many churches around, you may find it overwhelming to determine which is a good church to attend. You may have to ‘church shop’ for a few months before you find one that teaches the whole Bible.
One thing to know about ‘church’ is that though it is a building, church is actually the people. Everyone who is born-again is a member of God’s family and we all are known as the Church.
A good way to do this is to pray first, asking God where to lead you. I remember when He continued to impress upon me to attend a particular church. The first time I walked through the doors, I knew that I knew this was the church for me to attend. These were my people even though I didn’t know them yet. God will do that for you too.
4. Be Baptized in Water
Water baptism doesn’t save a person, that we already know, but it is an outward act of an inward decision. It is a way of publicly proclaiming your faith to the world that you are following Jesus.
Water baptism simply means to be immersed in water. This is the baptism that John the Baptist preached. Jesus, Himself, was also baptized in water by John the Baptist, Matthew 3:16,17.
The act of water baptism is an identification of yourself with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, Romans 6:3-4. It is also a step of obedience and a public declaration of your faith in Christ.
5. Join a Bible Study Group
The fifth step for the new believer is to begin a Bible study. One way you will grow quickly and accurately is through regular Bible Study. Some churches have Bible study groups held in homes called “life groups” or “connect groups.” Some study groups are held at the church, but either way, search for a group that fits you. You might be looking at age-related groups or a young moms group or even a women’s study group.
If you don’t live close to a church and you are looking for someone to study with, call a local church to ask the Pastor or spiritual leaders if there is anyone who lives out your way who could study with you.
If that isn’t feasible, then there are many online Bible study groups on Facebook. I have one as well, where I teach women how to study the Bible using the Inductive Bible Study Method. In my group, there are women who are new to faith alongside women who study the Bible regularly. You’re welcome to check it out if you’d like.
6. Develop Connections with Other Believers
The Bible talks about the importance of finding godly friends and in 1 Corinthians 15:33, it tells how bad influences are not good for Christians. Be careful who you choose to hang out with so you are not misled in any way.
The last of the six steps for the new believer is to develop connections with other believers. Preferably this will be someone who is mature in faith and can disciple or mentor you. Definitely, she can encourage you, Hebrews 3:13; 10:24, and help you in your daily walk.
It’s important to be held accountable for your actions so if you can ask a friend or two to ensure you are spending time with God in prayer and reading the Bible, you’ll be off to a great start. Some of your friends may not have come to faith in Christ and may not understand your decision. It is important that you continue to be their friends, loving them and praying for them. It’s okay to develop new friendships from a faith perspective as this relationship will be the one that feeds your faith.
That’s a Wrap
Well, there you have it. Six small but important steps for the new believer. These steps will lead you in the right direction of a close relationship with God.
If you missed the first part of this message, you can click here to read Is Heaven Your Eternal Destination? Are You Sure?
I would love to hear from you, would you please leave me a comment telling me that you made your decision to follow Jesus and now you are working on these next steps as a new believer?
Once again, I’m so excited for you!
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
You can stay in touch with Cindy on Facebook through Women’s Tabletop Friendship.