Romans 6:23 ESV
You’ve taken the bold step of receiving the free gift of God! Eternal life! Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As a new believer, you are just beginning the journey of your new life; a life as a follower of Jesus Christ. There people who have attended church all their lives but never get to know God personally. Others have searched for meaning in their lives but never found the answers to the questions of what is my purpose or what is missing in my life. We live in a fallen world and it is this sense of being lost that brings up these questions.
But once you accept that free gift of salvation from God, your sins are forgiven and you are given a fresh start. All of this is because of Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God, sent by God to our fallen world to take on the burden of our sin. Now, this is a difficult concept to understand and as a new Christian, there are several steps you can take and learn what Christ’s death on the cross truly means.
First, tell someone.
Romans 10:9 says, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Start by telling your pastor or mentor. Then, with their help, begin fulfilling the great commission by learning to tell others of the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Second, read the Bible.
Understand that there is no perfect translation. But choose a Bible that is easy to understand and is faithful to the original text of the Bible. At The Chapel, we use the ESV or English Standard Version. You can purchase a bible from our online store, a local Christian bookstore or you can go to websites such as BibleGateway.com or YouVersion.com.
Third, begin praying.
Prayer is simply talking with God. It doesn’t have to be a formal sounding set of words that sound religious. Just talk to Him. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, the Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing. If you desire to know God more deeply, communicate with Him regularly.
You can thank Him for what you have, ask Him to answer your daily needs, and pray on behalf of others. It’s also important to pray together with other Christ followers. Encourage each other, praise God, and seek answers to everyone’s requests.
Fourth, get baptized.
Baptism symbolizes your new life in Christ and is an outward demonstration that you are now committed to Jesus. Jesus was baptized (Luke 3:1-22), and He calls us to also be baptized. Baptism was also practiced by early Christians in Acts 2:41.
Talk to your local church pastor or church leader about baptism and what it means.
Fifth, get involved.
Spending time with other like-minded persons as a new believer is a great way to learn about your faith and what your next steps should be. Find a church that preaches the Bible. As you learn about the Bible, your friendships will increase and you will develop relationships that can have a lasting impact on your life.
Finally, tell someone about your faith.
As a new Christian, it’s a celebration! Tell people about Christ’s work in your life. As mentioned is the first step, commit to fulfilling the Great Commission where Jesus called on his followers to make disciples of and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:16-12 ESV)
These are simply tips to help you as you begin your new life as a follower of Christ. This isn’t a list of requirement to become or stay a Christian. You have been saved by your faith, not because of what you’ve done! (Ephesians 2:16-12)