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Steps for New Believers in Jesus Christ

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 2:8).

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).

2. Prayer

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 heavenly Father.

For more information, read the CBN Teaching Sheet entitled, Answered Prayer.

You can also send us your prayer requests.

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.

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.

4. Fellowship

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 teaching series that can help you get started:

A New Day - Scripture Reference and Audio Teaching for New Believers

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).

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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.

Additional Resources

E-mail your prayer request  |  Find a local church  |  Online Discipleship Courses  |  CBN Teaching Sheets  |  Read the Bible online

The following online courses introduce you to the foundations of Christianity

We also offer free resources for members of our online community

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All scriptures are taken from the Contemporary English and TNIV Versions of the Bible.

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