just made the most important decision you will ever make.
We want to welcome you into the family of God and we look forward
to meeting you someday. If
not here on this earth, then in heaven.
So now what do you do?
Well, there are several very important things that you need to do
and the sooner you get started the better.
Tell someone, anyone, about the decision that you made.
Let other people know that you have decided to follow Jesus.
Start reading your Bible everyday. You can read whatever translation you like, one is not really
any better or worse than any of the others.
We recommend that you use the New International Version (NIV).
It is written in easy to read and understand language.
If you do not have one contact us and we will send you one.
You can start reading anywhere in the Bible that you want to, but
the best place to start is with the Gospel of Mark. The first four books of the New Testament give you an
overview of the life of Jesus.
book of Mark is written in a style that moves quickly and is easy to
read through. After you
finish the book of Mark we recommend that you read the other three
gospels. You can read them in any order but remember that they were
each written to a different group of people so they tell the same thing
in a variety of ways. We
recommend that you read them in this order:
Mark, John, Matthew, and Luke.
After you finish the Gospels you may want to read the book of
Acts. It tells the story of
the first church and the first missionaries.
From there, just keep reading anywhere in the New Testament, and
when you finish, go ahead and read it again or maybe you will want to
read some of the stories that can be found in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament tells the history of the world and of the
people that became the ancestors of Jesus Christ.
It really does not matter what order you read the Bible in, the
important thing is that you read it a few minutes every day.
Maybe you read a chapter a day, or maybe you only read a few
verses each day, just make sure you read it daily.
One thing that has worked for many people is a little phrase; it
goes like this: “No Bible, no breakfast.”
Each day after you read your Bible spend a few minutes
thinking about what you read.
you think about what you read ask yourself the following questions: Were there any promises that God made to me in those verses?
Were there any commands that God gave to me in those verses?
How is what I read today going to change my life, my actions, or
my attitude? Make a plan to
put into practice what you have learned.
Pray each day before and after you read your Bible.
Prayer does not have to be scary, it does not have to be fancy or
formal. It is simply a
conversation between you and God.
Him what you are thinking, feeling, the things you want or need.
Ask for a greater understanding of the Bible and that He would
open your eyes to the truths of the Bible.
Pray for other people to come to know Jesus as their personal
Savior just as you have. Basically,
just talk to God. God
always answers every prayer, however, He does not always answer every
prayer the way we think that He should.
Sometimes He says yes, sometimes He says no, and sometimes He
says wait. One very
important thing that you need to pray for is that God would help you to
find a good local church to get involved in.
Find a good local church to get involved in.
It is very important that you find a good Bible teaching church
to help you to grow spiritually.
cannot tell you if a particular church is a good one or not.
There are good churches and bad churches in every denomination. We would recommend that you visit several different churches
in your area on several different weeks and see if what they are
teaching is the same as what you are reading in the Bible.
Some things to look for that may help you to determine if a
church is a good one or not include, but are not limited to: Does the church read the Bible in each service?
the pastor preaches does he continually refer to the Bible?
Is his sermon based on a Bible passage?
Does he explain what the passage is saying and how you can apply
what the passage is saying to your life?
If you have no idea where to even start looking for a good church
you can start by looking at churches that belong to the following
Free Church, Calvary Chapel, Baptist, and the Assemblies of God.
Like we said there are good and bad churches in each of these
denominations but churches in these denominations are some of the many
that tend to offer Biblically solid teaching.
Most importantly pray and ask God to help you find a good church,
He will answer.
Find another Christian of the same gender as you and ask
him/her to hold you accountable.
means that you meet regularly with this person and ask that person to
ask you questions about your life.
Questions like how many times have you read your Bible this week?
How many times have you prayed this week?
How is your thought life?
there any particular sin you are struggling to overcome?, etc.
If you want a more complete list of questions let us know and we
will send you a list of questions you can use.
Find a local
Christian radio station that can fill your mind with uplifting music and
teaching by nationally recognized teachers.
To help you locate a radio station you can go to the Moody
Broadcasting Network website http://www.mbn.org
and see if they have an affiliate station in your area or you can scan
your radio for other Christian stations.
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