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If you are a new believer, you have just experienced the beginning of your new, eternal life (John 3:16; 10:10). Your sins have been forgiven and you have been given a fresh start (Romans 4:7). You have now been given inexpressible, glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8-9).

In addition to the wonderful blessings of knowing Christ, you are probably thinking, “Now what? What is the next step?” The Bible offers some important principles for those who have begun a relationship with God.  The following list contains 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. 

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Begin Reading the Bible

There are many translations and numerous places to start. While there is no perfect translation, we recommend you choose a Bible that is easy for you to understand and is faithful to the original text of the Bible. Some of the more popular versions are NKJV, NIV, and NLT. To sample some of today’s popular translations, you can go to websites such as or The Bible app is great to have on your phone!  We recommend that you begin your reading with the Gospel of John or one of the other Gospels to read for yourself what Jesus taught and did during His time on earth. There are also numerous articles on that will help you answer the practical questions you have about God and spiritual issues. The Bible teaches, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

How to Study the Bible

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Start Praying

Prayer is simply talking with God. Many believe prayer must include a formal set of words that can only take place during a church service. However, the Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We are instructed to praise God day and night. If we desire to know God more deeply, we must communicate with Him regularly. Throughout each day, you can give thanks to God, ask Him to answer your daily needs, and pray on behalf of others. It’s also important to pray together with others who follow Christ, encouraging each other, praising God, and seeking answers to everyone’s requests. For ideas on how to pray, you can begin with the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

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Get Baptized

Baptism symbolizes your new life in Christ and proclaims that you are now committed to Jesus. Even Jesus was baptized (Luke 3:1-22), and He calls His followers to also be baptized. Baptism was practiced by the very first followers of Jesus in Acts 2:41.  Usually, the leaders of a local church perform baptism. A local church pastor or church leader should be glad to speak with you about baptism if you express your interest.

Build Friendships With Other Christians

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. The New Testament has over 50 “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. Fellowship with other believers is one of the purposes of a local church. If there’s a Bible-teaching church in your area, it’s a great place to get involved. If you live in a community without a church, you will need to pray for God to open opportunities for you to meet other Christians in your area.

Help Others

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. The Spirit will clearly call you to show God’s love and He will guide you as to what to do (1 John 3:17-18).

Tell Someone About Your Faith

Becoming a Christian is not a secret; it’s a celebration! Tell all who will listen about Christ’s work in your life. In some cases, other people will come to faith in Jesus through the example you share. Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, He commanded His disciples to make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Today, Christians are still called to share the hope within us with others (1 Peter 3:15-16).

Embrace the Holy Spirit

One of the most amazing things about the Christian life is that you now have the Holy Spirit living in you!  You received the Holy Spirit the moment you put your faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives within and empowers all those who believe in Christ (Acts 1:8, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:14). He is a guide, a teacher, and the Helper (John 14:26, 16:13). The Spirit is the means by which we are adopted into God’s family, and through Him we receive an inheritance as God’s children (Romans 8:15-16). He is the evidence by which we know our salvation is true (Romans 8:16, 1 John 3:24, 4:13). The Spirit has many functions in the believer’s life, including: He imparts spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Hebrews 2:4), He intercedes on our behalf through prayer (Romans 8:26-27), and He helps us understand spiritual things (1 Corinthians 10-14). It is by the Spirit that extraordinary miracles can be performed by ordinary people. It is through the Spirit that God reveals spiritual truths to us. Ask Him to reveal what your spiritual gifts are, and study Bible passages and commentary about the gifts of the Holy Spirit to learn more.  See the “Spiritual Gifts” Bible Study by Topic section of our website for additional information.

Remember, the above list contains 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. You have been saved by grace through faith, apart from any works of your own (Ephesians 2:8-9). God started the work in you, and He promises to finish it (Philippians 1:6). God bless you as you continue to mature in your faith! Please contact us with any questions, and we will do our best to help you get connected with a local church family.

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