Help For New Believers
"So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God." (Romans 5:11).
You know someone who's just started a relationship with Jesus Christ . . . so what can you do to help?
First of all, you can be excited about this opportunity. Second, you need to be serious about this responsibility. Read Romans 5:11 again. You have the privelage of helping someone grow in his or her new relationship with your friend Jesus Christ. Here are some ways you can help a new Christian and Jesus grow closer. Remember, we all need FRIENDS.
Follow up with your new Christian friend by getting together regularly. Get together within 48 hours after your friend recieves Christ, and at least once a week during the next six weeks (Matthew 28:20).
Reinforce what Christ has done in your friend's life. Do this by looking at Scriptures that affirm God's commitment to Christians (John 14:20; Hebrews 13:5; Colossians 2:13-14; 1 John 5:13; Galatians 5:25).
Involve your friend in your church activities. Take your friend with you and help answer any of his or her questions (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Exhibit Christ in your life through your actions and words. You don't have to be perfect, just someone who wants to obey and please God (Colossians 3:17).
Nurture your friend's spiritual growth. A new Christian is like a newborn baby who needs spiritual food and care (1 Peter 2:2-3).
Do things together. Spending time together will give you opportunities to encourage your friend and put your faith into practice (Acts 14:21-22).
Stand by your friend in both the good and bad times. Your friend will fall down spiritually. Get ready to help him or her to get up and go again (Ephesians 4:11-16).
You have recently trusted Jesus Christ to be your Savior . . . so now what do you do?
First of all, you must know that through Christ you have become friends with God. Read Romans 5:11. Remember:
- You realized that your sin was keeping you from a relationship with God.
- You understood that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin and that He rose again from the dead.
- You prayed, asking Jesus to forgive your sins and be your Savior.
Next, please understand that you have begun and exciting and lasting friendship. As in any relationship, getting to know someone takes time---it doesn't just happen by itself. (Make sure you have a friend who has been a Christian for a while who can help you grow in your new faith. If no one has contacted you, you should go back to the person who helped you become a Christian and ask for help. If you became a Christian because of this website, feel free to Contact Us).
You can grow closer to God just like you grow closer to people. God created you to have a relationship with Him, to be His very own son or daughter. Now that your His child and friend, He will patiently help you get to know Him better and better.
Here are some ideas you can use to help you and God become close friends. Remember, all it takes is TIME:
Talk to God through prayer. God will listen when you talk to Him. Wondering how to talk to God through prayer? Check out the article below.
Investigate God's Word. Decide on a time and place to read the Bible each day. For helpful tips on delving into God's Word and growing in the Spirit, Check out the article below.
Make it practical. One of the best ways to learn is by doing.
Express your thoughts. You know how important it is to show appreciation to a friend. As you finish your daily time with God, tell Him "Thank You." Keep a journal about your new life in Christ and your journey with Him. For help check out the article below.
Talking To God, Delving Into His Word, Expressing Your Thoughts
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Talking to God Through Prayer:
So, how do you pray? Many people, especially new believers, have a false idea about prayer. Many hear prayers by their church pastors or deacons or Sunday School teachers and think it sounds better when they pray. When, in fact, prayer is simply talking to God. Just pour out your heart and soul to God whenever you pray. It doesn't matter how it comes out, just that it comes out. You can even use passages of Scripture that you have memorized or hymns that you enjoy in your prayers. Some examples of prayer and talking to God are listed below. You may use these or a variation of these. Just try to add your own little twist to them, so you will recieve practice. Like everything else, the more you do the better you become. The more you pray, the easier it will become.
"Father, thank you for giving me a relationship with You. Jesus, thank You for giving me life. Please teach me and help me learn more about You. Amen."
"Dear God, thanks for making me part of Your family. You accept me. That's awesome! Amen"
"Lord, help me to let my roots sink down into You. Thanks for helping me grow. Amen."
Investigating God's Word:
Delving into and investigating God's Word is essential for a Christian lifestyle. We, as Christians, should want to do whatever it takes to please God. How do we know what pleases Him? By reading His Word. Below are some helpful verses to read and memorize, as a 14-Day Devotional Series. Below, on "Express Your Thoughts", there is the 14-Day Journal Topics for you to use with the Scripture listed.
- Read 1 John 5:11-13 Memorize verse 13
- Read Ephesians 1:3-8 Memorize verse 5
- Colossians 2:6-7 Memorize the first part of verse 7
- Philippians 4:6-7 Memorize verse 6
- 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Memorize verse 16
- Colossians 1:15-23 Memorize verse 17
- Luke 6:46-49 Memorize the first part of verse 47
- 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 Memorize verse 12
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 Memorize verse 13
- 1 John 1:8-10 Memorize verse 9
- Hebrews 10:22-25 Memorize verse 25
- Romans 1:16-17 Memorize verse 16
- Ephesians 6:10-17 Memorize verse 17
- Colossians 3:10-11 Memorize verse 10
Express Your Thoughts:
While your are in your 14-Day Devotional tour of the Bible, try to keep a personal journal. Simply write down your thoughts, your questions, and, most of all, why your thankful to God! Below are some suggested topics for your 14-Day Journal (we hope it's longer than that though, the 14 days are just to get you started).
- In your journal, write a description of when, where, and how you became a Christian. Say thanks to God!
- In your journal, make a list of what you like about being part of God's family. Don't forget to thank Him.
- Think of one way that you'd like to grow spiritually, share it with one friend, and write it in your journal. Then ask God to help you do what you've decided to do.
- Commit yourself to spending at least three minutes in prayer every day. In your journal, keep a record of your prayer requests and answers. Tell God thanks for those answers.
- Commit yourself to spending five minutes a day reading the Bible. As a result of something you read, write down in your journal something you will do. Ask God to help you.
- Ask a friend to tell you what he or she really likes about Jesus. In your journal, write a note to Jesus about what you really appreciate about Him.
- In your journal, list one area of your life where you are obeying God and one where you are not. Say thanks to God for helping you to want to obey.
- In your journal, write down one question that you'd like the Holy Spirit to help you with. Now take a couple of minutes and just listen to God. Tell Him thanks.
- List the three temptations that Satan really uses on you. Now thank God ahead of time that He will show you how to not give in next time.
- Write down ways that you have disobeyed God recently. Look at each one and confess it through prayer. Cross out each sin. Let this remind you of God's loving forgiveness. Be sure to thank Him!
- Go with some friends or family to church this week. List two ways you worshiped God.
- Write down the name of one person who needs to know Jesus Christ. Start praying for that person to become a Christian. Ask a Christian friend to pray with you for that person and to help you learn how to share your faith with him or her.
- Review your memory verses from the past 12 days. In your journal, write down your favorite verse.
- Make a list of at least five ways you want to become more like Jesus. Spend time asking God to help you. Remind yourself to read this part of your journal in one month to check on your spiritual growth.