Salvation: What's Next!

First of all, let me be the first person to say, "Welcome to the Family of Christ!" It is one of the best decisions you have made in your life! You have accepted Jesus, the lover of your soul, as your Savior! What comes next, you may ask yourself? Here are some of the questions that are frequently asked by New Converts in Christ.

1) What is my next step, now that I have given my life to Christ?

Find a church that has a loving, compassionate congregation, and a Pastor that has a heart for ministry. The congregation is a reflection of the Pastor. The Pastor should be living and teaching the Word of God from the Holy Bible. If they are not coming from the Word of God, run away from it! This is the time that you need to pray and ask God to order your footsteps. It may take many times of visiting different churches. Continue visiting until God speaks to your hear and says, “Yes! This is the church you need to continue your growth in Him." The Word of God tells us not to forsake the assembling of other believers, the church. (Hebrews 10: 19 –25)

Where the spirit of Lord is there is liberty. Make sure that you are free to worship and praise God. (1 Corinthians 3:17)

The purpose of finding these qualities in a church is:

  1. To help you grow in your infant walk with Christ.
  2. To help you learn the Word of God by going to weekly Bible Study and Sunday School. This is the time to ask questions, so you can grow spiritually.
  3. To gain spiritual strength from your brothers and sisters in the Lord.
  4. To be a part of the Christian family, so that you may learn how to serve others.
  5. To learn your purpose and place in the Kingdom of God.
*These are a few reasons why it is so important to attach yourself with other true believers.*

2) Who is the Holy Spirit?

  1. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God , Himself. (John 19:20)
  2. The Holy Spirit is a person, which is part of the Trinity. The Trinity is the Father (God), the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. (1John 5:7)
  3. The Holy Spirit is your power source. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
  4. The Holy Spirit is your helper; to help you live a Christian life.
  5. To learn more about the promises of the Holy Spirit and who He is in your life, read John 14:15-31.
  6. To learn more about The Spirit of God, read 1John 4: 1-6 and Romans 8.

3) What does giving my life to Christ really mean?

Giving your life to Christ is evidence that you need a Savior for the forgiveness of your sins. It is also evidence that you have faith and believe that Jesus dying on the Cross of Calvary was enough for you. Therefore, by accepting God as your Lord and Savior there are benefits. The greatest benefit is becoming a child of God! An heir to the Kingdom! You will now have eternal life in Him!

Here are some scriptures that will help you understand Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:17-21
  2. Romans 5:6-13
  3. John 19:16-42
  4. John 20

4) Do I need to be Baptized, now that I have given my life to Christ?

Baptism is a symbolic witness of your faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The act of Baptism doesn`t save you, but it is a sign of obedience to the purpose and teaching of Jesus Christ. It's the physical, yet spiritual, act you will do to show the Lord your obedience to God. Jesus is our prime example. He was God in the flesh, as Jesus. He wanted to be baptized by John, his cousin. (John 1:19-34 ; Acts 2:41-47)

5) What is Prayer, and is it necessary?

Prayer is a very important tool to communicate with God. It is also a time to build and strengthen your personal relationship with God. In order to build a relationship with someone, you have to spend time with that person. Therefore, you must spend quality time with God. Prayer is simply talking to God from your heart. You must listen for the quiet, still voice of God and be obedient to it. (John 5:1-5; Matthew 6:5-15)

Jesus spent most of his time praying to his heavenly Father, alone.
1. Matthew 26:36-46
2. John 17
3. Luke 22:39-53

Learning how to hear the voice of God also comes with spending time in His Word. Do not hesitate to begin reading your Bible. That brings me to my last question.

6) What book of the Bible should I read first?

Everyone has their own opinion, but there is not an actual "starting point". If anyone lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8)

I recommend that you start reading the book of Proverbs. This book teaches you about the wisdom of God. I also recommend you continue your reading in the book of Matthew, once you have completed Proverbs. Matthew gives you an understanding and teaching of Jesus' birth and His ministry.