Helps For A New Believer
by Dr. Ken Matto

 

HAVE A STEADY PRAYER LIFE
Prayer is the communication between you and your heavenly Father. Prayer need not be fancy nor repetitive. God wants prayer from the heart, not a dictionary. Always pray in Jesus' name to the heavenly Father. Pray for family, friends, etc. (Luke 18:1; Acts 1:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
 
SHARE YOUR NEW LIFE WITH OTHERS
You will want to share your new life with family, friends and neighbors. This is called witnessing for the Lord. (Psalm 107:2; Matthew 28:18-20)
 
PURCHASE A BIBLE
We urge you to purchase a King James Version. We recommend a Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Attempt to purchase a black letter edition. The King James Version is the best translation in existence as it has stood the test of time being translated in 1611. 
 
FIND A TRUE BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH
In these last days there are many churches which do not teach truth. Choosing a church requires much prayer and counsel from the Lord. There are many good Bible believing churches which are non-denominational. When seeking a church, attend the services, speak with the members, and listen very intently to the sermon with an open Bible with pen and paper to check the accuracy of the pastor.
Do not be afraid to question the pastor on a point he made or his reason for holding to a doctrine (teaching). If he is teaching truth, you will feel comfortable in your spirit, if not you will feel restlessness in your spirit. Please keep in mind, there are God loving pastors in every church who may occasionally interpret the Bible incorrectly which does not mean they are false. Be sure the church emphasizes Christ. If a church has Jesus Christ in its name, it does not guarantee it is a Bible believing church. (i.e., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the missionary arm of the Mormon Church.) Try not to attend a church which is affiliated with the National or World Council of Churches. Neither are Christian organizations.
 
SEEK THE LORD EVERY MORNING
Ask the Lord to guide you, protect you, and give you wisdom through the day. (1 Chronicles 4:10; Psalm 32:8)
 
LISTEN TO CHRISTIAN RADIO
Avoid Christian Rock and Roll Stations plus secular ones also. By listening to Christian radio which is God glorifying, God will be growing you up in the faith.
 
MAKE TIME FOR PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY
To grow in the faith, it is imperative you read and study the Bible. The Holy Spirit will teach you as it is written in 1 John 2:27. You may desire to take courses but if you are unable to leave home you may take correspondence courses from a number of colleges. Family Radio has a school of the Bible which charges nothing for their courses and you will receive excellent Bible training.
 
RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS TO AID YOUR BIBLE STUDY
Bible Dictionary - Suggest Unger's Bible Dictionary
Topical Bible - Suggest New Nave's Topical Bible
Concordance - Suggest both Strong's and/or Young's
These are available at any Christian bookstore.
 
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS
Find a local home Bible study group or start one and find someone else to teach. It is these groups where Christians grow closer to one another. (Acts 2:46)
 
BIBLE CONFERENCES
One of the most enjoyable channels for Christian growth are Bible conferences. It is here where you meet Christians from all walks of life and you will make many life-long friendships. There are conferences for Singles, Married, Senior Saints, Teenagers, etc. Try to go once a year. Some churches sponsor Bible conferences during the year so listen to the Christian stations and find out when they have their "Bulletin Board" programs.
 
BAPTISM
Since you are now saved the Bible commands you to be baptized in water. There are three acceptable modes: Immersion; Sprinkling; Pouring. Since it is a symbol, the mode is not important but obedience is. (Acts 8:37)
 
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