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What newer Christians need to know?

Questions: “What do newer Christians need to know to be more Christ like and to walk with God?”

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Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the most important decision you have ever made.  Congratulations, you have been forgiven of your sins and have entered the presence of God as a new citizen of heaven, living for a time in a hostile environment, the world.  Being a Christian means being Christ like.  But how do you become Christ like?  The following will help you grow in your relationship with God and teach you how to protect yourself from Satan, who will do everything he can to convince you that you should return to the ways of his world.  

The first section will provide key points in developing Christian character and the second section will answers questions that new Christians often ask.


New Christian development

1. Pray Daily  

Your heavenly Father wants a growing relationship with you and the best way to do that is to spend time in prayer, talking with God, praising God and worshipping God. Its you talk and God listens, God talks and you listen. He promises to answer your prayers and to provide guidance and spiritual strength. He tells us, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).  More info.

2. Read your Bible daily

The Bible is God's Word, and as you read (meditate) it every day, you will grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:15).  The Holy Spirit uses the Word to teach you, strengthen your faith, speak to you, and guide you in your life.  Start with the Gospel of John, the fourth book of the New Testament.

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3. Church Attendance  

In church, you are led in worship, you learn more about God, grow spiritually, and are encouraged by fellow Christians.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25).  God has given you gifts to be used in supporting the church.  Not all churches teach the Word of God correctly. Ask God to guide you to a church that truly teaches the Word of God.  More info.

4. Tithing

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 (Matthew 23:23).  Christ makes it clear, without neglecting the former, that the tenth was still expected. More info.

5. Salvation is a Continuous Process.  

Salvation is based on maintaining a continuous relationship with the Lord. His Word is clear, He will guide you along the path to heaven as long as you keep following Him, as long as you keep believing and living for Him. You need to grow in the Word and in faith so that discouragement, temptations, or trials will not cause you to drift away from God. …continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the Gospel (Colossians 1:23). More info.

6.  However, life is not always a bed of roses.  

You have an enemy, the devil who wants nothing more than to destroy your new relationship with Jesus.  His primary weapon is thoughts and ideas of half-truths that he wants you to believe are your own ideas.  As he fires these darts of deceptive thoughts, question if they are your thoughts, God’s thoughts, or the devil’s.  If from the devil, rebuke the thought and command it to go in the name of Jesus. You will be tempted, but with the Lord’s help, you have the power to resist it.  Click for Satan’s Intent, click for Believer’s authority.

7. Forgiven sins.  

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). Being human, at times, we do sin.  But as in the beginning, take your sins in repentance to God and He will always forgive you. If you should ever question being forgiven, remember, There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). More info.

8. We must forgive others.

As God has forgiven us, so we must forgive others. Unforgiveness is both a sin and a bondage that effects our life and even our health.  When we refuse to forgive we are judging the one who hurt us and are telling God “I do not trust you with this problem”.  God tells us, There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor (James 4:12)?  Rather, we are to Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  More info.

9. We are to love God and our neighbors.

Jesus said, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). Loving others is putting them first. More info.

10. Get baptized in Water.  

It symbolizes dying to the old sinful life, and rising in the newness of the Life of Christ. Repent and be baptized, every one of you (Acts 2:38). More info.

11. Be filled with the Holy Spirit.  

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). To receive the in filling of the Holy Spirit, all you have to do is ask Jesus to baptize you with His Holy Spirit, and He will. This is different from receiving the Holy Spirit into your spirit at the time of accepting Jesus. More info.

12. Share your faith.

It is important to openly declare that Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Testifying of your faith and God’s love and forgiveness strengthens your faith and leads others to Jesus. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown before my Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33). More info.

Typical new Christian questions

Salvation is the deliverance from danger, sin or a problem. The word saved is often used in place of salvation. While salvation can relate to a short term event, in the Bible, it more often is referring to eternal cleansing from sin through Jesus Christ. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:10). More info.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Only Jesus gave His sinless blood as a ransom for the punishment of our sins.

Christianity is not a matter of church-going, religion, ceremonies or even laws, but it is a relationship with God.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).  More info.

Jesus is God, who set aside all of His Godly power to become man, who lived a sinless life, and gave His life to pay for our sins.  No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known (John 1:18). More info.

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). More info.

When you fail, and we all fail from time to time, follow 1 John 1:9 above, and repent of your new sin.

It is not easy to lose salvation, but continued intent to disobey can lead to one loosing their salvation. More info.

Satan is the great deceiver and liar.  He is the one who keeps reminding you of past sins that God has forgiven. When Satan reminds you of past sins, just remind him that Jesus has cleansed you of all sins. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

We will never be completely free of sin (1 John 1:8), but as we strive to be sinless, with God’s help, we can be more like Jesus.

It is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit that leads us into a victorious life.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is the Holy Spirit through our spirit that convicts us of sin and leads us into righteousness if we will listen and follows Him rather than the desires of the flesh. Do not quench the Spirit [instructions] (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

A third crucial resource in our battle against sin is prayer. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus awoke Peter and said, Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak (Matthew 26:41). We may be weak, but we can pray to Him who has unlimited power, asking Him to do what is best for us in our life.

The last help is to have a mentor that will pray, talk, and encourage you. Click for more info.

You art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created (Revelation 4:11). God created us for His pleasure and relationship.  More info.

Typical attributes toward God include: love, trust, faith, obedience, surrender, and prayer. More info.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). When you asked Jesus into your heart, you were acting in faith.  When you pray, you pray in faith, when you read the Bible, you read in faith, and when you enter into a relationship with God, you do so in faith. Faith is believing those things you do not understand because God says it is true.  Strong faith is when belief of the mind of the Word of God has moved to absolute knowledge of the heart.  More info.

Final comments

Be patient, as it takes time to renew your mind by the Word of God and to develop a deep relationship with the Lord. To learn just how much God loves you and the many blessings God has for you if you will let Him. More info. As you spend time in the Word and in prayer, the truth of the Word will move from your head into your heart and you will learn that the truth of the Word is more dependable than anything you may see in the world.

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