Steps for New Believers in Jesus Christ
What do you do now?
As you draw close to God, He will teach you His ways and give you His strength. Below we list some practical steps
you can take to come closer to God and to allow Him to guide you.
Discover the Foundations of Your Faith
We would like to encourage you to sign up for our New Believers Course where you will be introduced to the Foundations of the Christian Faith.
What is Christianity really all about? How does the Bible apply to my life? Who is Jesus Christ? Through this 45-day email course, we'll answer these questions and much more. Each lesson covers topics that are essential to forming a Bible-centered worldview and deeper walk with God.
Foundations of the Faith Email Course
1. Know that you are forgiven
Once you have given your Life to Jesus Christ, the Bible, God's Word, says:
You were saved by faith in
God, who treats us much better that we deserve. This is God's
gift to you, and you have done nothing on your own (Ephesians
For those who put their faith in Jesus: He gave them
the right to be the children of God... God Himself was the
One who made them His children (John 1:12-13).
It is important to spend time in prayer every day. Just as
you can not grow without eating food each day, so your spirit
must be fed in order for growth to occur in our walk with
the Lord. The good news is that as children of God we have
access to His presence any time we need it. You actually have
the right to come before God and to share with Him your intimate
thoughts, desires and fears. Prayer is simply talking to your
For more information, read the CBN Teaching Sheet entitled, Answered Prayer.
You can also send us your prayer requests from our Prayer and Counseling page.
3. Bible Reading
The Bible is the main way God has chosen to tell us about
Himself. Learning what God says in the Bible is a very important
part of your new life. As you read His Word, ask God to show
you how various passages apply to your life.
A good place
to start your study is in the Gospel of John in the New Testament.
Find an easy-to-read, modern translation like the New Living Translation (The Book), the New American Standard Bible, or the New King James Version Bible.
They are available on CBN.com and in most bookstores.
You can also use our Daily Bible-Reading Guide or sign up for our Daily Bible Reading Email to help you read the entire Bible in a year.
When you gave your life to Jesus Christ, you became a vital
part of God's family, the Church. As you get involved in a
local church you will receive strength and encouragement from
other believers. But you will also give something vital of
yourself back to others. This is one reason why being involved
in a local church is so important -- and why the Bible says
not to neglect meeting together with other believers (Hebrews 10:25).
For help in finding a church, use our church
finder link, and read the CBN Teaching Sheet entitled,
Choosing a Church.
5. Grow in Your Relationship with Christ
Once you have accepted Christ as your savior and begin to engage in regular prayer, Bible reading and get plugged into a local Church, it is important develop a deeper, personal relationship with Christ. "Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love" (2 Peter 1:3-8).
The Bible says that we are to “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4: 1-3). God wants us to grow in our “knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
The Apostle Paul wrote this about his spiritual growth: “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Corinthians 13:11).
To learn more about God’s Word and to dig deeper in your relationship with Christ, we have several free videos and teaching series that can help you get started:
Operation Good Shepherd – Foundations of the Faith – The Bible
Operation Good Shepherd – Foundations of the Faith – Finding Out About Jesus
Operation Good Shepherd – Foundations of the Faith – You Have a Friend: The Holy Spirit
Video Series: Foundations of the Faith
We have also set up free, online tools to help you share your new faith with friends and family.
Please Memorize These Verses
- "What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- "I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13).
We are here to help and encourage you
If you would like prayer for any need in your life, please
send us your prayer requests from our Prayer and Counseling page. Or call
the CBN Prayer Counseling Center at (800) 823-6053. CBN prayer
counselors are available 24 hours a day to pray with you.
As you learn about Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible reading and
fellowship with other Christians, God will guide you and give
you the wisdom you need for every challenge in life.
May God richly bless you as you continue to follow Him.