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...there are some things that you need to know.

It is important that you get started right. A good beginning will be beneficial in helping you experience a fruitful and victorious Christian life.


I. You Need to Know What You Have.

1. Eternal Life.

You received eternal life as a free gift when you trusted Christ as your Saviour. "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23b) There are many verses in the Bible which emphasize the security of the believer: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation: but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24) "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which, gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." (John 10:27-29) "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1) "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (I John 5:11-13) Be careful that you do not try to make your salvation dependent upon yourself. You could not save yourself and you cannot keep yourself saved; that is God's work. Trust Him and you will have peace and security.

2. The Holy Spirit.

Every Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. "Now if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (Romans 8:9b) God has given you the Holy Spirit to comfort and aid you in your Christian life. Study the following verses: "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (John 14:16-18) "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:26) "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." (John 16:13)

3. The King James Bible.

Your King James Bible is your infallible Guide. There are no mistakes in it; it is the pure Word of God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (II Timothy 3:16) Read it for blessing, comfort, a preventative of sin, and instruction concerning the will of God. Study the following scriptures: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." (Psalm 1) "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word." (Psalm 119:9) "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." (Psalm 119:11) "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver." (Psalm 119:72) "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in Heaven." (Psalm 119:89) "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." (Psalm 119:130) "Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me." (Psalm 119:133) "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." (Psalm 119:165) "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." (I Peter 2:2)

4. A New Family.

You are now a member of God's family. Christian people are your brothers and sisters. Your fellowship should be with the people of God. They love you, believe as you do, have the same purposes and goals, and they are going to the same place: Heaven. The best friends you will ever have are your Christian friends.

5. A Blessed Hope.

If you die before Jesus comes again you will go immediately into the Lord's presence. "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from Heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." (II Corinthians 5:1-8)

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better." (Philippians 1:21-23)

Your body will go to the ground with the hope of the resurrection day, but if Jesus comes before your physical death, you will never die, but like Enoch, you will rise to meet the Lord in the air, and "so shall we ever be with the Lord." (I Thessalonians 4:17b)

Read the following verses carefully: "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Corinthians 15:51-57)

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:1-6)

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)


II. You Need to Know What You Are.

1. A New Creation.

When you received Christ you were "born again." "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." (John 3:5-7) "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, not of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever." (I Peter 1:23) You have a totally new life in Him, for "if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (II Corinthians 5:17) You are a completely new person, having new thoughts, new ambitions, new aims, new affections, new practices.

2. A Child of God.

"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26) As a child of God you have a Heavenly Father. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." (Romans 8:14-17) As the children of our Heavenly Father, we are entitled to His love, protection, and provision. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." (I John 3:1) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

3. A Dual Personality.

You have an old sinful nature with which you were born; it is an enemy of God and righteousness. "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans 8:7) You also have a new and divine nature which you received at the new birth. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (II Corinthians 5:17) Paul describes the conflict between the two natures. (Romans 7:15-25) God does not recognize your old nature, but counts it to have died with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:1-10) We also are to count the old nature as dead and to refuse to yield to it: "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:11; Colossians 3:5-14) By the Holy Spirit's power, we have the ability to resist the evil desires of the old nature. "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." (Romans 8:13)


III. You Need to Know What to Do.

1. Baptism.

The first thing you should do as a new Christian is to be baptized in an independent, fundamental, King James Bible only, soul winning, separated Baptist church. Jesus set the example for you. (Matthew 3:13-17) You should obey this Bible command as soon as possible. The word baptism comes from the Greek word which means "immerse". Baptism is not the "sprinkling" done in liberal churches. Baptism is a Baptist preacher taking the convert under the water, just as burial puts the dead person under the ground. If you have been sprinkled as a baby, you have not been baptized. If you have been immersed before you trusted Jesus as your Personal Saviour, you just got wet and were not scripturally baptized. "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36, 37) Baptism identifies you with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead." (Colossians 2:12)


2. Worship.

As a new Christian, you should worship God every day. Somehow, we have been brainwashed into thinking that worship is only for church on Sunday. It is not. Every day you should read a portion from your King James Bible and spend some time in prayer. Through the Bible God speaks to you, and through prayer you speak to Him. If you will maintain a daily devotional life of prayer and Bible study, you will become a strong and stable Christian. Read Matthew 4:4, and Luke 18:1.

3. Church Attendance.

The Bible makes your responsibility to the church crystal clear: "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25) You should faithfully attend all of the regular services of a soul winning, separated, independent, King James Bible-believing Baptist church: Sunday School, morning service, evening service, Wednesday night Bible study, as well as any special services scheduled. You need your church for fellowship, a base for service, pastoral instruction, and for many other reasons. You will never be a strong Christian if you do not attend church faithfully. Of course, you will always be warmly welcomed at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana.

4. Giving.

The Bible teaches that at least a tenth, or 10% of our gross income (before taxes) belongs to God. We call this "the tithe." God will bless you if you tithe: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10) The church ministry and foreign missions can only be sustained by the faithful giving of God's people. Study these verses: I Corinthians 16:1, 2; II Corinthians 8:5, 9, 12; 9:6-8.

5. Tell Others About Your Salvation (Soul Winning).

YOU have been saved to tell others about God's great salvation. "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." (John 20:21; Matthew 28:16-20) "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) Begin to witness right away! Get some Gospel tracts and pass them out everywhere you go. Mark salvation verses in your Bible and seek to share them with the lost: "As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one." (Romans 3:10) "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." (Romans 5:12) "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:28) "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Romans 10:9-11) Invite people to church. Some of them will learn how to get saved there if you do this. Participate in your church soul winning program.

6. Separation from the World.

If you expect God to use you, you must live a clean life, separating yourself from those people and those things which would hinder you. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness: and what communion hath light with darkness: And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (II Corinthians 6:14-18) You don't want to be a Pharisee ("holier-than-thou"), but you certainly want to please God. Most people will respect you if you back up your Christian profession with a pure life. I am praying that these thoughts will be of help to you in your new Christian life.