You have taken the first step in confessing your sins and believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
You are anxious to make a success in the Christian life, and you will do so, if you follow the instructions and suggestions contained in this brochure.
We are praying to God for His richest blessing for you as you undertake this exciting adventure.
IMPORTANT STEPS TO BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN!
1. The next step of importance is to erect a family altar.
If you are married, have daily prayer with your family.
2 Timothy 1:5 – “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”
Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
2. Talk to God in prayer privately every morning and night.
Spend at least fifteen minutes a day in communion with God. Talk to Him about everything, your friends, enemies, joys, sorrows, sins, mistakes, perplexities, business, or home problems.
Proverbs 8:17 – “I love those who love Me, and those who seek me diligently will find Me.”
Psalms 55:7 – “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.”
Matthew 21:22 – “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
1 John 5:14-15 – “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
3. Study the Bible at least fifteen minutes a day.
Let God talk to you through His word. The word of God is food for the soul. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby.’ 1 Peter 2:2
4. Join a Bible class; go to Sunday school.
5. As soon as possible, be baptized in water by immersion.
Water baptism is not salvation, but it is an act of obedience to God and a symbol to the world of your surrender to God.
Acts 2:38 – “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
6. As a new believer in Jesus Christ, you are a candidate for the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Wait, pray and seek God until you are endued with power from on high. Read and study these passages thoroughly – Acts 1:1-9, Acts 2:1-38, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 19:1-7.
7. Work for God.
The only work Christ ever set for Christians is to win others. If every member of the church will win one soul for Christ each year, that church will double its membership each year. To win souls for God is a sure cure for backsliding.
Psalms 26:1,7 – “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip…that I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all your wondrous works.”
Proverbs 11:30 – “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
Revelations 12:11 – “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
8. Shun evil companions.
Avoid bad books, bad internet content, bad thoughts, bad people, ungodly amusements and places of pleasure.
Corinthians 6:14-17 – “Do not be unequally joined together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? … Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people…Therefore, come out from among them and be separate,’ says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
9. GO TO CHURCH REGULARLY.
Hebrews 10:25 – “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching.”
10. GIVE TO THE SUPPORT OF GOD’S WORK.
Be systematic, tithe one tenth of your income to the Lord at the church where you get your spiritual food.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 – “then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
Malachi 3:10 – “Bering all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’”
Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Corinthians 9:6-8 – “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you…may have abundance for every good work.”
Read also: Psalms 96:7-8; Psalms 35:27.
11. Do not be discouraged – expect temptations.
Timothy 3:12 – “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
12. COOPERATE WITH YOUR PASTOR.
13. Read often the following scriptures:
Psalms 1, 23, 34, 73 and 8; Isaiah 53; Matthew 5; Luke 1; 1 John 3, 14 and 17; Acts 1 and 2; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 15; The entire Epistle to the Ephesians; Revelation 21 and 22.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A REAL CHRISTIANA Christian is any man, woman or child who comes to God as a lost sinner, accepts Jesus as his or her personal Savior, confesses Him as such before the world and strives to please Him in everything daily.
Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?1. Did you come to God realizing that you were a lost sinner?
Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24.
2. Are you determined to please God in every detail of your life?
Psalms 37:4-5 – “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
3. If you can sincerely answer ‘yes’ to the foregoing questions, then you may know on the authority of God’s Word that you are NOW a child of God and on the road to becoming a real Christian.
John 1:12 – “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
Discouragement and temptations to do wrong will come, but remember that such do not come from God but from your adversary, the Devil. Read the following scriptures often…
1 Peter 4:12 – “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;”
Hebrews 4:14-16 – Seeing then that we have a great High Priest…Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize without weaknesses, but was in all ways tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”