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Mini-Tip Monday

Welcome to Mini-Tip Monday. Give me three minutes of your week, and I’ll show you a quick and powerful Bible study hack to deepen your time in God’s Word. Is a complete tutorial too overwhelming? Or are you just hungry for more? Here is your bite-sized Bible tip to start off your week with Scripture confidence.


God grows all of us over time. Even those of us who have been believers for many years, still have lots to learn and are always growing in our relationship with God. We don’t have it all together even if it looks that way at first glance. Trust me!

So let there be no pressure, just joy and excitement for a new life with your Savior.

There are some steps you can take to begin this journey of growing in your faith. My top five recommendations for starting your life with Christ are these:

Helpful and applicable first steps for new believers | Scripture Confident Living

Place Jesus on the Throne

When we come to Christ, our focus needs to shift. Life was once all about us, making ourselves happy and known, fighting for survival, and looking for things that might fulfill us. In Jesus, you have found ultimate fulfillment. You are known by the God of the universe who loves you enough to die for you and care for you continually. 

Jesus becomes the center of our lives. We worship Jesus. We make decision that honor Him. We seek to make His name great and His good news known. We are no longer in charge of our lives; He is.

In that sense, we are placing Jesus on the throne or, to use a more modern-day example, we put Jesus in the driver’s seat of our lives. While once we may have let Him hitch a ride or sit in the back, we now allow Him to take the reigns completely and stir our lives in whatever direction He chooses.

Let me tell you friend, adventures are ahead! God never wastes a thing but rather grows us through every circumstance while He loves us and provides for us in any situation. 

Find a Church

God has created us to live in community, and He instructed believers to meet together regularly (just like in a church service) and otherwise live interconnected lives. He tells us to love, encourage, rebuke, and pray for one another (among other things). All that is part of being a member of a church.

If someone who lives near you led you to Christ, you may consider attending their church. Otherwise google-search for some churches near you and ask a Christian friend to help you discern which may be a biblically-sound church. 

You will want to look for a church that believes basic truths about the Christian faith such as salvation through faith in Christ alone and the inerrancy of Scripture (that means, the Bible is absolutely true and God’s Word). Churches usually have a “statement of faith” on their website.

You may have some personal preferences as far as the size of a church, worship-music style, or general feel. Don’t rule out small churches; great community often happens there. Visit a few churches that align with your beliefs and see where you connect with others.

Get Baptized

Once you have figured out what church you would like to join, introduce yourself to the pastors (if you have not met them yet). Let them know that you are a new believer and would like to get baptized.

Baptism is one of the first steps of obedience we take as believers. We declare to the world that we are now a follower of Christ. The church leadership will likely want to speak with you about your salvation story and to give you details on how they handle baptisms at their church.

Read the Bible and Pray

Prayer and the Bible are an integral part of a Christian’s walk. Prayer is communicating with God. You do not need to follow scripted prayers, though you can if you’d like. Begin by taking some time every day to talk with God about what’s on your mind. Thank Him for what He had done in your life, and bring your request before Him.

The Bible is the Word of God, and full of truth about God’s character and will for us. Of course, you’ll find many resources on this site to help you learn how to study the Bible well. Check out the following articles:

  1. How to Make Bible Study A Habit
  2. Tracing the Bible's Storyline Through 66 Books
  3. How Often Should I Study My Bible?
  4. 3 Beginner Bible Study Myths

I also recommend my free email course, “Busting Your Top 5 Bible-Study Roadblocks”. It addresses some major hold-ups many believers face when they desire to begin studying the Bible regularly and intentionally. For five days in a row, you will receive an email from me with a short tip and action step. Sign up below.

Understand and Share the Gospel

I don’t know how much Bible background you have coming into the family of God. You will learn so much over the next years, but begin with the basics. It’s important to understand that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone. 

God created the world perfectly and mankind in perfect communion with Him, but when Adam and Eve sinned, it separated them (and us) from God. No keeping of laws or services to God will achieve reconciliation with God. It is only through the sacrifice of Jesus who died on the cross for our sins that we are forgiven and made right with God. 

You can pass on this good news as soon as you understand it. Don’t wait until “you’ve got it all figured out” to share the gospel. Others need to hear what you now know. A little tip: Your personal testimonies is one of the most powerful tools you have. Don’t be afraid to share it.

 

Let these five steps lead the way to a thriving relationship with God. Which one of these will you take next? How can I help? Comment below to let me know.

Not a new believer? Share below what helped you most to begin growing in your faith as a new believer. 

 

And as always, have a Scripture-confident Monday,

Ellen

How an Eternal Perspective Changes Everything

How an Eternal Perspective Changes Everything

What would your life look like if your mind was solely focused on Christ and His ministry? How would your attitude change towards the circumstances you are facing? Would your heart be more at peace? How would you spend your time, and what would be on your mind?

The apostles are amazing examples to us of believers totally given to a life of ministry, loving God and loving others, and advancing His kingdom. Let’s learn from them.

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Patience is a Virtue: How God is Growing Mine

Patience is a Virtue: How God is Growing Mine

In January, my first article of the year revealed what exactly I am asking God to teach me this year. I am desperate to learn how to stay calm and patient rather than being stressed and angry. I told you about my struggles six months ago, now I am checking in to tell you what I’ve learned so far. I’m right in the middle of one of God’s lessons, and I’m giving you the inside scoop.

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The Key to Knowing and Committing to God’s Will

The Key to Knowing and Committing to God’s Will

Have you ever heard the Bible study tip that suggests you slow down? Read small portions of Scripture and really zoom in? We will do that today.

What will we learn? You will walk away with a deep appreciation for each of God’s words through Paul, and you will be challenged to allow God to transform your mind so that you can more fully commit to His will.

Ready?

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3 Keys to Benefitting from Awkward Silences

3 Keys to Benefitting from Awkward Silences

Let’s be honest. We have all experienced them. You know what I’m talking about. You pose a question to your small group, and the room just falls silent. Eyes are staring intently at pages or at nothing. Hands are fiddling. Everyone is feeling the awkwardness, but nobody says a word. Yes, there is a way to use these silences for good, and here is how…

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6 Attributes of a Redeemed Christian and a Transformed Church

6 Attributes of a Redeemed Christian and a Transformed Church

We have been made alive in Christ. Now, what do our lives look like? What should they look like? And what impact may that have on the Church?

Paul encourages us to live renewed lives by the mercy of God and to enter into God-centered community with one another. Which of these six attributes do you already wear by His grace, and which do you need to put on today?

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The Old Testament Storyline in 300 Words

The Old Testament Storyline in 300 Words

The Old Testament is intimidating to many believers. It seems long, confusing, out-dated, and maybe even irrelevant. However, the storyline of the Old Testament is an amazing account of God’s love and interaction with His people. It helps us understand the arrival of Jesus, our Savior, and our need for His sacrifice on our behalf. Don’t miss this essential portion of the Bible.

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Be Still and Know… How to Rest in Jesus

Be Still and Know… How to Rest in Jesus

Recently, I took a few hours off to be by myself and get away with Jesus. I sat on bench by a fountain in town and envisioned myself in the presence of God - something that is always a reality, but I chose to focus in on this beautiful truth. My heart felt burdened and overloaded and I brought this feeling before God. In my heart, I spoke out, “Lord, please don’t take this as a feeling of ungratefulness. You are nothing but present with me and have blessed me in countless ways.” His gentle voice spoke back, “I know. I see your heart. You are not here to complain. You are here, so I can fill your cup.”

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5 Ideas for Encouraging Bible Study During the Summer Months

5 Ideas for Encouraging Bible Study During the Summer Months

Summer is here. The weather is inviting. Kids are on break from school, families like to travel, and the schedule changes for many women in our Bible studies. Some may find themselves with more or less time on their hands, or simply a different level of flexibility. Many Bible study groups take a break for the summer as meeting regularly as a complete group is less likely to happen. It gives teachers a little break too. But how can we encourage women to continue to study the Bible during the summer months? Here are some ideas.

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3 Beginner Bible-Study Myths and the Truths that Will Get You Started 

3 Beginner Bible-Study Myths and the Truths that Will Get You Started 

I love that you sit down with your Bible regularly to study it, learn from it, and allow it to change your life. Even beginners can gain a lot of wisdom from Scripture. I am excited for you to make Bible-study a regular habit that refreshes and grows your faith. I know of three misconceptions that are holding many of you back. Let’s clear them up so you can get started.

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9 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Bible-Study Guide

9 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Bible-Study Guide

With thousands of Bible study guides in the market place, how do you pick one? Which guide will teach you more about your Christian faith, about God, and His will? Rather than reading a “Christian Living” book or devotional, choose a Bible study guide that lets you dive into God’s Word. Consider these 9 things as you choose…

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3 Ways to Study the Bible with One Another in a Busy World

3 Ways to Study the Bible with One Another in a Busy World

We live in a world filled with people running to get places. We all navigate full schedules and many responsibilities. Making regular time for something important isn’t easy - especially when we have to coordinate schedules with other people. While we may study the Bible on our own, we don’t see a plausible way to allow for a Bible study with other people. 

My last Monday Mini-Tip was about the importance of studying the Bible. Let’s talk about how to make it happen…

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7 Reasons to Study the Bible with Other Believers

7 Reasons to Study the Bible with Other Believers

For any believer, time in God’s Word is essential. The Bible is our guide to knowing God and His will. Without it, we wander through the world blindly, not discerning right from wrong. Maybe you have begun reading your Bible regularly on your own. That’s wonderful! My challenge to you today is this: Are you regularly studying the Bible with other believers? I highly recommend it. It’s so beneficial. Here is why…

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