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New Beginnings As A Christian

I'm a new Christian and thank God for my new beginnings in Christ. What do I do now? Where do I start?

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 ---mickey on 3/16/07
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The very first thing I did right after I got saved was I went looking for a Bible. I didn't know if I would enjoy reading it. But I opened it to the Old Testament [between you and God] but I could only stay focused for twenty minutes at a time. Such exciting reading. I couldn't wait until I went back to it throughout the day, everyday. Then God spoked to me one day and said, "you need some Bible tools". Got tired of the library. About a year later I started buying some.
---catherine on 10/31/07

I am often asked this question and my answer is always the same start with prayer. I cannot emphasize strong enough, what God can do with you if you've yield yourself to him . Tell God that you plainly, openly, knowingly, completely, yielding, asking him to come into your heart and lead you as he would have you go. Be ready to receive his leading, and review and meditate on all messages that you receive. God will welcome you with open arms.
---Mima on 10/31/07

#4 mickey, Stay away from mormons, catholics, jahovah's wittnesses, and pentacostals (This would include most organizations under the Assemblies of God). If I were to reccomend one denomination it would be Southern Baptist, but be careful becasue they have some leaven in their doctrines as well.
---Ryan on 10/31/07

Seek God, basking in his presence in your prayer closet, talk to Him about everything on your mind, invite His Holy Spirit, The person of the Holy Spirit into your being, Where you will have REAL POWER according to Acts 1:8 Greek word is Dunamis Power which is capable of reproducing itself like a dynamo. I don't like to see a dead Christian, its depressing, the ones that tell you that you get the Holy spirit at salvation, is only a little tiny measure, I go for the whole enchilada.
---Cynthia_1 on 4/2/07

mickey, Read the gospel of John first, then read Matthew, Mark & Luke. #2) Find out who you are in Christ Jesus, "I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus." "I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me."
#3) Get the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as Peter tells people to do in Acts 2:38. Without that, you won't understand spiritual truths in the bible because the bible is a spiritual book, written by the Holy Spirit through anointed men of God.
---donna6598 on 3/19/07

mickey, I prayed every day when I first got saved to "Teach me your ways Oh Lord", maybe that's a good prayer for you to start with. The Holy Spirit taught me everything I know today. Yes, he used anointed Teachers and Preachers. He used ordinary Christians that I met at Church, but most of the things the Holy Spirit taught me, man did not. For example, I didn't know the depth, the length, the degree that God loved me.
---donna6598 on 3/19/07

Finishing up, this is my 3rd post...I didn't know that I would encounter people that would hurt me because "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spirits and principalities, etc.," I didn't know, "Forgive and it shall be forgiven you, if you do not forgive, your Heavenly Father will not forgive you." (that's in Matthew). Let the Holy Spirit be your guide along with your Pastor, and other Christians. Fellowship with other Christians as much as you can at Bible Studies.
---donna6598 on 3/19/07

Try to find a home based bible study and prayer group. BUT first seek the lord and pray.
Caution...If anyone preaches money, get out fast. They must preach the good news for free
---duane on 3/17/07

I was once where you are. The place to start is read the bible. The Savior outlines His church. Any church formed during the reformation you can exclude instantly. They were offshoots of the catholic church. methodist, church of God, lutheran, baptist, episcopalian, etc. Many churches are offshoots of these too. union assembly, nazarene, etc. pentacostal churches deny many truths in the bible and were also formed by men. That should narrow your search dramatically.
---Dave on 3/17/07

Just pray and seek God and he will guide you into the church he can use you the most. If you do this and obey where God leads you to go, you can't go wrong. Read the bible, and stick with God's word. You will hear other people's beliefs, you may agree with and you may not. But just stick with God's word and be a willing vessel for him and he will use you for his glory.
---Rebecca_D on 3/17/07

If you are attending church, check the Bible to see if the preacher is actually preaching the word of God. If you want to learn about the full gospel (without leaving out the Book of Acts), try attending a pentecostal church such as Assembly of God, Church of God, Pentecostal Church of God. Lots of churches don't believe that the entire word of God is for today. Watch out for that. Prayer is also something you need to do. The Holy Spirit will guide you to the rest church.
---Susie on 3/16/07

Look for a good mainline congregation that is a member of a convectional church structure and teaches the reformed faith that list would include various Lutheran, Reformed, and Presbyterian denominations.
---Phil_the_Elder on 3/16/07

Start by finding a good church that the people stick to the word of God, and doesn't allow sin behind the pulpit. then just let God lead you into worshiping him.
---Rebecca_D on 3/16/07

I will let you in on what I did right after I got saved. I set there for a minute or two, I got up went into the house and started hunten for a Bible. I was so afraid mabe I wouldn't be able to find one. Finally I did. It was stuck way,way,way,back in a drawer. Man did I give out a sigh of relief. And I also wandered would I enjoy reading it. >>>I Did.
---catherine on 3/16/07

#1 mickey, you actually pose a very difficult question. As a new Christian where does one go? With the numerous denominations and false teachers at every corner it is difficult for a new Christian to discern what to do, this, combined with the lack of maturity and knowledge could be a potential recipe for disaster.
---Ryan on 3/16/07

#2 mickey, Look for a fruitful ministry to belong to (By fruitful I mean a body of believers that shows love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). Search out a ministry that is interested in taking an active role in discipling you as a believer in Christ.
---Ryan on 3/16/07

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#3 mickey, My suggestion, PRAY!!! STUDY!!! and BE DILLIGENT in your OBEDIENCE to Christ!!! Study the scriptures and don't be afraid to ask questions, either here on CN or of a local body of believers and always make sure they can support their answers with scripture.
---Ryan on 3/16/07

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