Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?
Now that you have believed the Gospel: that Christ died for your sins according to the Scripture, was buried and raised on the third day according to the Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and have asked Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins, what should you do next?
The first thing you need to do is to get a Bible if you do not already have one. There are a number of accurate, easy to understand modern translations.
Then develop a systematic plan for Bible reading. You wouldn’t start any other book in the middle and then hop from place to place, so don’t do it with the Bible.
The Bible is a collection of 66 books. Four of them, called Gospels, tell about the life of Jesus. I would encourage you to read all four of them in this order, Mark, Luke, Matthew and John and then read through the rest of the New Testament.
The second thing you need to do is to begin praying on a regular basis. Praying is just talking to God, and while you do need to be respectful, you do not need to use special language.
The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 is a great pattern for praying. Thank God for what He has done for you. Admit it to Him when you sin and ask Him to forgive you. (He promises that He will.) And ask God for the things you need.
The third thing that you need to do is to find a good church. Good churches teach that the entire Bible is God’s Word, talk about why Jesus died on the cross, and are full of good people whose lives are being changed by their relationship with God.
The most obvious evidence that a person is in a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ is how they treat people. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:35
If the church has Bible studies or Sunday School classes for new Christians, try to attend There are many exciting things to learn as you get to know God better. God has plans for you.
Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” God “has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him. who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
As you read your Bible, pray and get involved in a good church, God will begin to change your life in ways that you never dreamed were possible and fill you with love and joy and peace and real purpose.
May God bless you as you follow Him.
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