New to the Faith? Start here.
Hi and welcome to the family of God. We are all so glad you are here and have started your relationship with God. Is this all new territory for you? Don’t worry. Take it one step at a time and start here.
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:
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.
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:
- How to Make Bible Study A Habit
- Tracing the Bible's Storyline Through 66 Books
- How Often Should I Study My Bible?
- 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,