KNOWING AND GROWING

The Bible may be unfamiliar to someone who has received Christ. For the new Believer there are some really great Bible scriptures to know, learn and grow from. Here are a few:

"This is the testimony that God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life," 1 John 5'11-12.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast," Ephesians 2'8-9.

"As many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name," John 1'12.

"If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away ... all things have become new," 2 Corinthians 5'17.

When you have learned verses off by heart the Holy Spirit can bring them to your mind to encourage and strengthen you.

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Read the Bible regularly. The Gospel of John is a good place to start reading the Bible. Read it in comfortable amounts. Then go on to the Book of Acts to be familiar with the early Believers.

Then go back to the Gospel of Matthew and read the letters that follow the Book of Acts.

The first eleven chapters of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, are very significant indeed. They are foundational understandings that lie behind every Believer's godly life.

As you read, let the words sink into your mind. Anything you find too difficult to understand, just leave it and continue with what you do understand.

A particularly helpful translation to use is the New King James translation. It's set out in verses, which makes it fairly easy to memorise.

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First steps. As soon as you can, tell another person that you have received Christ into your life and that you intend to follow Him and His teachings. Don't get into an argument!

When you received Christ you were born again, spiritually, by the Holy Spirit. At that moment you became part of God's family.

It is important to be among others who are also born again. So find a congregation of people who believe these things too.

Especially that Jesus calls His new followers to be immersed ("baptised") in water, just as He was.

Learn what being immersed in water means by clicking the Immersion in Water button on the Menu. Begin reading the New Testament (see below).