Now that you have placed your faith and trust in Christ as your Lord and Savior. And if you are sincerely real about this new life of discipleship, I want you to know that you have begun a relationship with Jesus Christ, and God has forgiven you of your sins (1 John 5:13). He has made the great exchange by taking all of our badness and giving us all of His goodness. It is what I call, “the great exchange.” (See 1 Peter 3:18). So what is way for you to begin your walk with Christ? Here are some steps that will hopefully encourage you in this new life.
To grow in your relationship with God, we encourage you to…
A. Begin reading through the New Testament.
B. Start talking (praying) to God.
He loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. He desires you and I come to Him. Picture Him leaning over with His arms wide open waiting like a Dad wanting to hear from His kids. You can talk to Him about anything. “The prayer of the upright is His delight” (Proverbs 15:8).
C. Get connected with a conservative Bible-believing church where the Bible is trusted and studied in its entirety.
Check out the church’s “Doctrinal Statement” or “Beliefs” on their website. If they don’t clearly lay out their beliefs, stay away. The church should hold to doctrines similar to ours. These are held widely by Christian churches all over the world. If the church has a new believer’s class, sign up to attend.
Please steer clear of Mormon (“Latter Day Saints”), the United Pentecostal Church, the New Apostolic Reformation groups, Prosperity gospel churches, Progressive Christianity churches, Seeker Sensitive churches that are not preaching the gospel, and Jehovah’s Witnesses churches.
These groups claim to be Christian, but they espouse many unbiblical doctrines.
D. Make friends with other Christians.
It’s important to find other Christians who can encourage you and be a blessing to you in your new relationship with Jesus. If you have friends or family members who are Christians, let them know of the decision you’ve made. They will rejoice and pray for you. And let us know of your decision as well. If you do have any questions, we would love to assist you in this new life.
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