If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior (and we pray you have), what should you do next? There are several important things necessary to a successful Christian walk.
First, if there is known sin in your life you should separate yourselves from those things that will hinder you in your new life. There are many definitions of sin, but one of the better is this: "Sin is doing anything Jesus wouldn't do." If there are things in your life that you are sure Jesus would not do, you should ask God to help you stop doing these things.
As you grow in God's grace and read the Word of God, He will show you other areas of your life where you can separate from ungodly things and draw closer to Him.
The Ten Commandments are from the Old Testament but they give Christians an idea of the kind of personal morality God expects from us. Among other things He told us to respect him; He told us not to lie, steal, murder or commit sexual sins. (Exodus 20:1-17).
Next, find a church home. Perhaps nothing will be more important to your spiritual progress than finding a life-giving church. Many churches are very good and I am sure you will find a great church. Pray and ask God to lead you to the right church.
In your search for a church you should look for several things----worship that uplifts you, preaching from the Bible and caring members that will stand with you in your new walk.
Tell the pastor of the church that you are a new Christian and ask him to help you find some friends that will mentor you. A good pastor will be more than happy to help you.
You should also read the Bible every day. A good place to start is the Gospel of John. For your convenience, we have placed it on this website. As soon as you can you should get your own Bible. Your pastor can help you find the Bible version that is best for you. Read at least a few chapters every day.
After you have read the Gospel of John several times, start with the Gospel of Matthew and read through the New Testament. Many Christians also like to read from the Old Testament books of Psalms and Proverbs.
Psalm 119:11 says, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart , that I might not sin against thee."
Pray every day. Don't let that scare you. Prayer is simply talking to God. You can talk to Him just like you would talk to a dear friend. He will hear you and will answer your prayers if you pray with faith according to His will.
Jesus gave us a model prayer while He was on the earth. Until you feel comfortable in prayer you can repeat His prayer. However, the prayer is not meant for repetition as it a pattern showing us how to pray.
You can pray for your family, for your friends, for your personal and spiritual needs. You can be sure that God hears you when you pray.
The Lord's Prayer
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
An important part of every prayer should be thanksgiving to God. Thank Him for His love. Thank Him for saving you. Thank Him for meeting the needs in your life.
Our prayers are with you in your new walk. Email us with your specific questions and needs. We care about you.