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Firm Foundations One (11 of 11) I Recently Believed, What Is My Next Step? (by Mark Tolson)

I Recently Believed, What Is My Next Step?

If you have repented and believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior, then you are a believer. It is a time of rejoicing. Welcome to the family of God. This is just the beginning of your journey as a believer. Your next steps can be summed up in the following: understand your new faith, grow in your new faith, and express your new faith.
Luke 15:3–10

Understand Your New Faith

  • Born Again: The Bible says that when a person becomes a believer they are born again. This means that a person has realized that they are a sinner and the price for their sin is death. But Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for sin and He rose again from the dead proving He is Lord and Savior. Therefore, a person repents and believes in Jesus for salvation.
    John 3:3, 16; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9–10
  • New Creature: Because you are born again, you have become a new creature. As a new creature, your old life has passed away and you start living your new life in Jesus. With each passing day we want to become more like Jesus.
    2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Child of God: Because you are born again, you have a new relationship with God; you are His child. Before, we were slaves to sin and to other things, but now we are in a right relationship with God.
    John 1:12–13; Galatians 4:4–7; 1 John 3:1
  • Temple of the Holy Spirit: Because we are sons, God has given us the Holy Spirit to live inside us so that we can live out who we now are. We do not have to live out this new life in our own power, but through the power of the Holy Spirit. He helps us become more like Jesus.
    Ephesians 1:13–14; Galatians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20
  • Abundant Life: As we understand and grow in our faith, we will experience greater joy in knowing Jesus. There will still be struggles in life, but we will ultimately receive eternal life. We do not have to live in fear because we know our salvation is in Jesus’ hands, and He will never forsake us.
    John 3:16; 10:10, 28–29; Philippians 1:6

Grow In Your New Faith

  • Repentance and Faith: You became a believer through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and these are two things that you will continue to do to help you grow as a believer. Salvation occurs once, but as you grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you will need to continue repenting of your sins and trusting in the teachings of the Bible. Jesus is the object of our faith and we should never forget that.
    2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 2:6–7
  • Read and Study the Bible: To grow as a believer and learn how to live out your new life you need to read and study the Bible. The Bible is what helps you to understand salvation, and it is what will help you understand how to live for God. It is your main authority in life.
    2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16–17; 1 Peter 2:1–3; Acts 20:32
  • Pray and Praise: Now that you are a believer, you can pray to God and He hears your prayer. You should spend time in prayer to Him and praise Him. There are no certain prayers that you must pray, but you should be constantly praying, praising, and thanking God.
    1 Thessalonians 5:17; Matthew 6:9–13; John 15:7
  • Local Church: You need to become a member of a local church. A local church is an assembly of believers who consistently meet together for edification in the Word of God, to partake in the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, to worship God together, and to encourage each other to do good works and spread the Gospel.
    Hebrews 10:24–25; Ephesians 1:12–14; 4:12–16

Express Your New Faith

  • Baptism: Baptism is a public expression of your faith in Jesus. Many people refer to this as a believer’s first step of obedience because Jesus commanded everyone who believes in Him to be baptized. Therefore, baptism is when your whole body is immersed in water and then comes out of the water. This illustrates being buried and resurrected with Jesus and the new life that we have because of our faith in Christ. Baptism is only a symbol and has no saving power.
    Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-4
  • Living Sacrifice: Jesus is our Lord and we are to start living for Him. We express our faith through the works that we do. We stop sinning and we start doing right. We are being transformed through the Bible and living out His will. Because of who we are, we will desire to do good works.
    Ephesians 2:8–10; 2 Peter 1:5–11; Romans 12:1–2
  • Ambassadors for Christ: We are to tell others about Jesus. We become witnesses of His and desire to spread the gospel so that they might also be saved. This means the main occupation of your life is to make disciples, teaching others who Jesus is.
    2 Corinthians 5:20; Matthew 28:28–20

Review Questions

  • What does it mean to be born again?
  • Who lives inside of believers?
  • What is a believer’s main authority?
  • What are three ways to express your faith?
  • What does it mean to be an ambassador of Christ?
 

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