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What To Do Now That You’re Saved.

Congradulations! Getting saved was the best and most important decision of your life. Now, there are some things that you need to get started on to help you grow in your Christian life and avoid being defeated by the Devil.

First, get a Bible and read it every day—preferably in the morning. Reading the Bible in the morning will keep Scripture fresh in your mind as you go about your day.

It is essential that you spend some time reading the Bible every day. When you find yourself really resistant, force yourself to at least read a short Psalm. This way, it will become a habit.

If you can only afford one Bible, get an NIV (New International Version) Bible. This Bible is the easiest to understand. If you can, I recommend also getting a NKJV (New King James Version) and a NASB (New American Standard Bible) also. This will enable you to compare each translation whenever you want to understand, more fully, what a Bible verse means. The King James Version is fine, but more difficult to understand since it was written in the 1600s.

For more information on this topic, be sure to read my article How to Buy a Bible.

I'd suggest you start by reading the book of John. Throughout your Christian life, I suggest that you spend most of your time reading the New Testament (Matthew through Revelation) as well as Psalms and Proverbs. You may also want to buy Bible CDs so you can listen to the Bible.

There is important information in the Old Testament (Genesis through Malachi). However, recognize that Jesus' death on the cross ushered in a new covenant. Not all Scriptures in the Old Testament apply to us today in the same way that they did to those in Old Testament times. For example, under the Old Testament, adultery was punishable by death (Leviticus 20:10). Today, adultery remains a sin. However, Jesus made it clear that adulterers are no longer to be executed (John 8:1-11).

Make a diligent effort to obey the Word of God. But use common sense. Seek counsel from other Christians if you're not sure what to do.

One particular word of caution: The New Testament is translated almost entirely from Greek into English. Whenever you see the words "if" or "unless" in the New Testament, recognize that these words are particularly difficult to translate since Greek is a far more exact language than English. Serious problems have resulted when Christians fail to recognize this.

Second, pray each day, starting every morning. Get used to talking to God, from time to time, during your day. Bring problems to Him and be alert for His answers.

Third, find a church that obeys the Word of God (Hebrews 10:24-25). Read my article: How to Select a Church.

Finally, once you select a church, get baptized (Mark 16:15-17). Your baptism is a public confession of your faith in Christ.

 

Next topic: How to Select a Church.

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