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I am 23 years old and a believer in God. However, I've never been to church or opened a bible. I'm at a point in life where I feel like I need to learn/know more. Where do I begin? I feel so lost.

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 ---Jemmi on 9/5/08
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Jemmi: Being a "believer in God" is one thing. It's totally another thing to "believe God". People worldwide believe in god(s)up there somewhere. It's futile to imagine God.

People who "believe God" read, listen to & hear what He says in the Bible about every aspect of life. (Romans 10:17)

We all need to know God as He shows Himself to us. Realizing you're lost & want to be found is a good place to be in. Many people never recognize their need for a Savior.

Jesus has come to rescue you! Ask Him to show & send you to a Bible believing Christian church where you can become born again in Jesus. Regularly participate in their Bible study, learn & grow. God bless!!!
---Leon on 3/1/09

You say you belive in God, but many people believe in God and Hell is full of good people. Have you been born again? That is the question. When I became born again, I had a stronge desire to read the bible and go to church. I never had that desire before becoming a Christian.
---Pastor_Herb on 2/25/09

Jemmi #1

To start, get a Bible. Put it on the table, close your eyes, reach out and where your fingers land, open it. Now, read it. Don't worry about understanding it. Just read it.

Nexy, get down on your knees and ask God to tell you what it means.

Then, go back and repeat those steps.

Keep doing this until you understand what God wants you to understand. It might take 10 years to understand anything. Of course, it might take 10 minutes. It's God's call.

When you finally understand that Jesus died to save you, then repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. And then go back and repeat the first steps. Keep doing this for life. It will all become clear, if you seek Him in spirit and in truth.
---BruceB on 2/25/09

Jemmi #2,

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest, and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little, that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
---BruceB on 2/25/09

Here is another advice: Get you some Bible tools. When God first told me I needed them, my reply was,Well, I have the Bible. I did not even know what Bible tools really were. I obeyed God and started using them. I am so very thankful, I heeded to God. God, revelation, and Bible tools. Yes!
---catherine on 2/1/09

It's amazing how many great people come to give so much great advise when they hear of a new believer. Most of the advise here agrees with each other, that should be a conformation of what to do. What I may humbly add is that I would emphasize reading through the New Testament while at the same time reading through the Old Testament. The names can be challenging reading in the OT, and some of the law. If there is a hard to read passage in the Old Testament, skip it and come back in a year or two. Don't worry about what you may not understand, do what you do understand. Focus on asking God what you should do. He is able to keep and guide you. Trust His Spirit to guide you, using advise such as you got on this blog.
---Rod on 2/1/09

I was 43 and had the same situation. I bought a bible and started attending a traditional church and later on switched to a four square church. I attended bible studies and listened to teachings on the radio and television. However, you will receive all kinds of input from the various sources. I learned you can't mix the old and new covenants. You have to extinguish the differences between law and grace teachings. The law was based on works and grace is based on faith. God gives you all things freely through grace. Pray for guidance and direction. He will help you!
---Bob on 1/30/09

If you are a new believer, then you need to start with the new testament and then work your way to the old testament,as the Holy Spirit leads you to, because we are babes in Christ! The new testament is the milk of God's Word, and the old testament is the meat! Read 2 Cor 3:14! Christ is revealed in the new testament, and as you grow in maturaty in your walk, Jesus will begin to feed you the meat of the old testament. Once you begin to study God's character through Christ, then He will begin to teach you the deeper revelation of the things of old! I tried to start off in the old testament when I got saved and it almost choked out my faith! You can't feed a baby solid food before he knows how to chew! Start with the milk of God's Word!
---Bryan on 1/29/09

Jemmi, I'm suggesting the same of Miche. Here is why. First of all when a person comes to Christ it is because he had a supernatural experience. He then begin's to seek God and who he is now in Christ. He believes already that he came to faith by that experience though he doesn't know the word of God. He knows he sinned against God and that Christ died for his sins. He now knows that He is depending upon God to show him what He has to learn. The Gospels is a very good place to start. For they speak of our sin, Christ death and the coming of the Holy Spirit to help us. After you understand some of the gospels, it is good to go to Gen. to see how it all started and work your way to Revelation. You will always be learning, Hope that helps.
---MarkV. on 12/11/08

If you are going to church ask God where to go. In studying ask God about that. I didn't ask God where to begin studying I didn't know to ask Him. Thank goodness God understands. He started me out in the Old Testament. To really understand the New you must understand the Old, first. However, you must pray and ask God to guide you.
---catherine on 12/10/08

thank you so much char and GOD BLESS YOU!!!
these are great!
---miche3754 on 12/10/08

Here's the Very First Prophecy I think you already Know.
Gen 3:15(Seed)

Book of Isaiah..
Undo us a child is born(Counselor,Mighty GOD,EVERLASTING FATHER,)etc...
Is 49:26,59:20

Psalm 118 (Stone the buiders refuesd)

Story of Melchizedek...Gen14, 15/Psalm110/Heb5,6,7
"King of Righteousness"
Without father, mother,without genealogy,without beginning of days or end of life"

OT walks us through the Genealogy and The Promise of"Messiah",Redeemer,Anointed One,Savior,...
Studing the meaning of Names may assist.
Example:Joshua"Yahweh is Salvation"

A Beautiful Study,
God' Peace,
---char on 12/9/08

Thank you so sister!
I am looking myself too.
God Bless you!!
---miche3754 on 12/2/08

Miche3754>>>It is a prophecy. I heard from God and I checked it out in the commentary. I asked God twice. He says yes. I will find more for you. In the OT. Good day, my friend.
---catherine on 12/1/08

thank you so much catherine!
I like the scriptures you have posted.
The one in Psalms, though, I think some would question whether it is a prophecy.
I believe that the entire OT is full, like you said , of the prophecies of Jesus.
I have even used some of Psalms to prove that Jesus would have siblings. I was quickly knocked out of the water from the statment that David's Psalms are not prophecy.
David also prophesied.
Anyway, Keep them coming. I will check back a little later for somemore posts. Thanks And God Bless!!!
---miche3754 on 12/1/08

Glad to help Miche3754>>>Zechariah 2:10-13:3:8, 6:12-13, in 12:10 the Piercing of the Messiah's body. 2 Samuel 7:9 also, Ps. 110:1. The OT are filled with scriptures of the coming of Jesus.
---catherine on 12/1/08

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Can anyone give me scripture prophecies of Christ (the Messiah) from the Old Testament? I am doing a study on it and would like to have as many scripture as possible. Thanks!
---miche3754 on 12/1/08

I agree with miche3754, the NT is a good place to start for a new believer. It makes sense also about the walk with God and following through with the OT.
---susan6834 on 11/14/08

frances, apology accepted.
I agree, but some don't understand the promise of Abraham either.

Even the Isaelites back then did not realize that the Messiah was staring them in the face.
Sometimes we have to read the now then go back.

It was not long ago that I learned of the true and false.

It really is best to pray and ask God for understanding then go where God tells you.

And, I have learned a lot from reading both yours(frances) and kathr's posts. There are some that just don't like the truth even though I have seen you both post it.
---miche3754 on 11/14/08

I read the OT first then the NT and I never saw the things of Christ.
But when I studied the NT first and understood my walk with Christ, I started seeing Christ in the OT. He is through out the whole Bible but it takes the eyes of the Spirit to See.
---miche3754 on 11/10/08

Miche, that is SO true. Many who fail to read the NT, and get established IN CHRIST first, see themselves as Israel, claiming earthly promises given for obedience, and curses given for disobedience, not realizing this was to a NATION, not individuals.

The Church consists of individuals, all over the world, baptized into Christ.

To go backwards rather then up and forward living in the resurrected Christ has a whole NEW message for us.
---kathr4453 on 11/13/08

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kath, it is okay.
I just believe that a new convert might not understand some things of the OT at first.
The NT teaches them how to walk in Christ and What Christ came here for.
Someone here said I said not to read the OT at all. That is not true. I said read the milk of the word first. I consider the OT the Meat of the word. It has very deep and hidden meanings.
I read the OT first then the NT and I never saw the things of Christ.
But when I studied the NT first and understood my walk with Christ, I started seeing Christ in the OT. He is through out the whole Bible but it takes the eyes of the Spirit to See.
---miche3754 on 11/10/08

Miche, I humbly apologize for offending you. I did not mean to put words in your mouth. There should have been a paragraph break in there before I wrote 'What other books do you read from the back?'. I meant that to mean 'you (the reader of the post)' not 'you (Miche)'. In hindsight I could have written it better but I was typing fast and did not think of how it could be misinterpreted.

The 'milk' of the Word is to read the way God first appealed to men through Abraham, and the fathers of the faith. How mankind rejected all of God's advances, were warned by the prophets, were promised a Messiah, and how the prophecies were all fulfilled even before the major fulfilment in Jesus Christ.
---frances008 on 11/7/08

My dear Brother, I see people telling you not to read thE "OT" please do not lestan to them! How well you know who Yeshua "Jesus' is if you do not read what he has done, why we need forgiveness of seen what is sin? 1 John,2:4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law, FOR SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW." What is the law? The law "Torah" is the Word of G-D, Yeshua! "Jesus". John 1:1, So please learn of Yeshua, learn that you are Isarel!
Gen.22:16-18,26:4,28:14,35:22, 1Kings,11:31-40,2Kings 18:11,Isa.8:14Jer.31... Eve.37:15-22. I well help you learn more if you want. They fiend this hard to read becous they are tould they are sepret from Israel,but G-D said we are one!
---Aharon on 11/7/08

open your bible grab your note book and pen. look in psalms.all the me verses are you. have fun
---nettiel on 11/7/08

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it is alright anne, I have a lot of those, lol.
---miche3754 on 11/7/08

So Sorry...I mean, start with the NEW Testament, and then proceed to the Old Testament. (I had a typo in my last comment.)
---Anne on 11/7/08

anne, I agree that they are really beautiful books, too.
But a new convert is still on milk.
A lot of the OT has things that a new converts will not understand. Like, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel, Job, even, Psalms has parrables and metphors.
That is why I recommend the Gospels first. If they can learn and understand the parrables within that, then they will be ready for the prophetic things in the OT.
Maybe suitable to read Genesis, and the Law books of the OT. But the ten commandments are also in the NT. They should also learn the Lord's Prayer first. Jesus teaches this to show how to pray, so it is very important.
---miche3754 on 11/7/08

The Bible is the most beautiful, amazing, and intriguing book that ever existed. No other book in existence can begin to compare to it. I would advise that if you are beginning to read the Bible to start with more inspiring yet quite simplistic books (such as most of the books of the Old Testament, plus the Psalms and Proverbs) These books will fill you with peace, wisdom, guidance, and understanding of
God's will. Later study the Old Testament to understand more of the historical aspects of the Bible. Don't worry so much about going to church, but be more concerned about reading God's amazing word, and living in accordance to it...I wish you all the best!!
---Anne on 11/6/08

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some of the prophesies in the OT can only be understood by those who are on the "meat" of the word.
God says lean not to your own understanding.
New converts are on milk, so they need to know the basics first. You don't give a new born babe meat and potatoes.
The same goes for those who are new in Christ.
They need to know the basics first.
I did not say start with Revelations. I said start with the Gospels- The Good news. Christ our savior the hope of glory. Please stop putting words into my mouth.
---miche3754 on 11/6/08

Miche, If God intended for us to read the New Testament first he would have put it at the beginning of the book. What other books do you read the end of first. And in a sense the gospels are the O.T. because Jesus had not risen and the church age had not really started. So how far along would you start? Perhaps start with Revelations and go backwards and see how much sense it makes.

No, God wants us to hear the prophecies of the O.T. before we hear that they are fulfilled. You might like to think about who your pastor is working for.
---frances008 on 11/5/08

they still need to really know what the GOOD NEWS is first.
That is the milk of the Word.
The Word says, you don't feed some meat when they are still on milk.
If they start in the beginning, they might get discouraged. You want them to start with "the milk" of the Word, not "the meat" sister.
This info I got from my Pastor and church Elders. They gave this advice to me when I first started.
And skimming doesn't cut it. You should never cut corners when studying God's word.
---miche3754 on 11/5/08

Miche said that the new Christian needs to know about the Holy Spirit. Well, the Holy Spirit was there at the foundation of the world, and continued to descend and speak through prophets and kings. If you do not have the basics of the Old Testament, you do not get a fair picture of God, and you do not understand how important the Jewish people were to the history of Salvation, and indeed, how important Salvation was - and what terrible things happened when people started idol worshipping. Skimming means when you have a long list of rules that you get the general idea of you need not read every single word of that passage. I stand by my post. Some parts are more important than others. Just like all books.
---frances008 on 11/3/08

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frances, you are not suppose to "skim" over the Bible.
A new Convert should not start with Genesis.
They need to start with the Gospel- THe Good news. You can't understand being a Christian without knowing Who Christ is and what he has done for you.
They need to know about the Comforter(Holy Spirit) that Jesus sent.
They need to know how to live a Christian life. Because that is what it is- a way of life. Not just rules you follow.
The NT teaches how to walk, talk, and BE a Christian. How to follow Christ.
You have to learn this first, sis.
---miche3754 on 11/3/08

You need to read the whole Bible. Start at the beginning and go through to the end. Do it in as short a time as possible, some bits can be skimmed over, but others need to be understood more thoroughly. The first reading is only going to give you a rough idea anyway.
---frances008 on 10/31/08

I would say start with Luke or John. I recommend theses two because you need to know what Jesus did for you. Luke has the most accurate accounts of Jesus's work while John is special because He was the herald of Jesus and his beloved disciple.
Then Acts and the rest of the NT except for Revelations. You have be full in Spirit to read that.
Once you have grown then I would say read the OT.
These are just recommendations.
Even better, pray about it, let the Holy Spirit guide you to what you need to know.
Advice- always pray that God gives you wisdom before you read.
---miche3754 on 10/31/08

Catherine, the teeth of His sheep are even shorn and without fangs. If you chew up the flesh of one of the sheep and put on his or her clothing, what does that make you? If you study the Bible as much as you say, you know the answer to this question. Don't wrap yourself in Jemmi's flesh (what she has or has not done) and stop using your liberty as a cloak of malice. Only when you put off what is hers can you clothe yourself with the clothing of the Lamb which, according to Phillipians 2, is a cloak of humility and no reputation.

Romans 15:1-6
Romans 12:16
---Linda_G. on 10/22/08

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I like to start in the first book... it lays the foundation- Genesis-- it is called... it will walk you through the early years - long before Jesus-- It is called the Old Testament and is used by the Jews. It will go further to teach you the old laws... the old stories-- long before came to the earth. FYI- Jesus is God really... just put into human form after he couldnt get people to do right... that is when the New Testament takes over...
Happy trails..
---jen on 10/21/08

hi, and god bless first get a bible if you want start with psalms or let god lead you get soe good teaching tapes. start a journal, god will help you,
---netta_3634 on 10/18/08

Many will come to The Lord out of hunger (feeling irresistably "called"), but few will actually "thirst" for His spirit and live a life of peaceful coexistence (choosing to walk by faith instead of "by the spirit", Galatians 5:16).

The ability to read (literacy) is not required for salvation, but a person who does have the ability to read has the responsibility to realize that the bible is the introductory doctrine of Jesus (Hebrews 6:1, "word of truth", 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 1:13, John 14:6).

Ephesians 6:17

"the sword of the spirit, which is..."

1 John 5:6
"came by water and blood".

Living water--John 7:38, Rev. 7:16, Acts 1:5.
---more_excellent_way on 10/14/08

There are many things that prevent salvation. For centuries, traditions based on mankind's vanity have blinded churchgoers, scholars, pastors, etc. from knowing the simple truth about the creator.

Certainly, the purification of our flesh is necessary. Jesus purified our flesh on the cross, but before Jesus ascended to return to The Father He left The Father's spirit so we could choose to learn from His spirit how to be Godly in behavior (to purify our conscience, Hebrews 9:14). Only if our conscience is purified can we have genuine salvation (2 Corinthians 5:5).

The water and the sword will ensure our return to the new heaven (Revelation 21:1) because the present heaven will be within.

All verses are from the RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 10/14/08

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Amen Sister Gemmi! Praise be to God!

Get into it! Pray for a hunger and thrist for God! Understand that food and water are inconseqeuntial to the needs of the Spirit.

Pray read the Bible and get into fellowship with other Christians if you aren't already! God calls to fellowship! Why do you think people go to pubs - not for alcohol! Certainly not you get it cheaper else where ... they do it for contact with other people. God has created us for community! God saw that Adam was by himself and saw that it was bad so he created Eve!

May God Bless You my sweet Sister in Christ
---Martin_nz on 10/1/08

Whatever you do, safeguard your soul and ensure that you do not surrender it to man's teachings.

Look up this article about bible publisher Zondervan...
"New Bible to Be Handwritten by 31,000 Americans"

Zondervan also published the NKJV in 1980. It has many misleading verses and the front cover has a LOGO on it (businesses have logos, God does not). The logo also has 3 points and 6 lines (but nobody wants to take notice of this).

I can't post the URL, but I believe people will start to care more about their soul because America and the world is changing.

(also look up this article)...
"US To Declare October Economic Emergency, Suspend Elections".
---more_excellent_way on 10/1/08

You have begun. Very well then,now all you need to do is get your hands on The Holy Bible. It is really worth reading. This will take a long time but at your age a year is nothing. You will have difficulty understanding some things but others will be very easy to understand. You should read it more than once. Don't try to understand everything all at once. There are some good reference materials that attempt to explain it but many can be misleading from the source. Get a Hebrew Greek Key Study that will help to translate some ancient text to assist. Re-read it, Granny did 14 times.
---Pamela on 10/1/08

I enjoy the straight thru approach (Gen - Rev) but that does not work for everyone, especially new Christians. Many people who try that get bogged down early in books like Leviticus.

A method I've seen change a non-believer into a Christian is this: Read the 4 gospels straight thru for 30 minutes a day, every day, for one month. When you get thru all four, start again from the beginning.

It will probably seem boring probably for the first week or so...then it will seem a little more interesting...and by the end you will want MORE than 30 minutes a day!
---Todd1 on 9/20/08

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Would you start a novel at chapter 10, then to chapter three, then to chapter 15, then to chapter one? Of course you wouldn't. To lay a good foundation of a book is to start from the beginning. The same holds true for the Bible. To understand Jesus you must know God. What would happen to Christianity if the Old Testament didn't exist? Jesus and the apostles wouldn't be quoting from the OT. The prophesies of Jesus wouldn't exist. Jesus would be nothing more than a cult.

Suggestion: try reading the Bible without the verse numbers and through the eyes of a child.
---Steveng on 9/19/08

Jemmi :You have picked a good place to make this important start.but open the Good book the holy Bible to Matthew read till yiou come to Chapter16::13-20 then make your decision.Hope yo find your calling.
---MIC on 9/18/08

Who is the god that you believe in if you don't know the true God. Knowing the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac is by reading the Bible - God's relationship with His people.

Knowing who God is is like knowing/developing an earthly friend - you get to know him by being with him and learning about him.

The next three steps are: repenting, baptism, and fellowship with other Christians (do an online Bible search for "one another" and "each other"). If you are truly serious about your faith I strongly suggest NOT joining a denominational church, but a home church. Do research about the benefits of joining a home church.
---Steveng on 9/17/08

It's important to know how to learn ONLY the objective truth about God (not the SUBJECTIVE/biased truth). The bible was written to ALL humanity (not a group).

No event in the bible is happenstance/random occurence. All events happened as they were supposed to so that each word would be recorded and would be available for us to someday learn from ("depths of God", 1 Corin. 2:10).

Pilate asked Jesus "What is truth?" (referring to the fact that humanity prefers subjective truth and largely disregards OBJECTIVE truth, John 18:38). God intends that we notice this and understand the importance of objective truth,...2 Thessalonians 2:10 says "because they refused to love the truth AND SO BE SAVED".
---more_excellent_way on 9/15/08

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Jesus didn't answer Pilate, but all truth in the universe leads to Jesus (John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the [eternal] life").

God teaches us about the human condition (human nature) and wants us to understand that our failures (iniquities) are due to the fact that we are all in competition with each other, not that we all mean harm to each other or wish to cause suffering/evil.

Logically, peace and harmony (peaceful coexistence) is the only right way for us all to live. Evil prevents peaceful coexistence, and is therefore ILLOGICAL. This is the basic mindset of a Godly person (this is necessary to learn the "solid food").

All verses are from the RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 9/16/08

God wrote the bible to ALL humanity, not to any certain group. The bible did not die on the cross, neither did any pastors, scholars or churchgoers hang on the cross, only Jesus hung on the cross (decide CAREFULLY who you will be accountable to, God is a jealous God).

Jesus is the WHOLE fullness of God (Colossians 2:9). "God is ONE" (Galatians 3:20).

Jesus is our ONLY foundation, do not set another foundation with 'self works' effort (Hebrews chapter 6), Jesus is not going to be unjust and overlook that spostasy. We must "HEAR His voice" (John 10:27) and "enter by the door" (John 10:1).
---more_excellent_way on 9/14/08

God wants us to know and speak OBJECTIVE/unbiased truth, not SUBJECTIVE/biased truth. At the cross, God had Pilate ask "What is truth?" (referring to humanity's preference for subjective truth). The question was answered in John 14:6. The importance of knowing OBJECTIVE truth is in 2 Thessalonians 2:10...


. Let your "YES" be YES, and your "NO" be NO.

We must live under the law of liberty (James 1:25, 2:12, Ephesians 2:15) and have no more fear of Him (1 John 4:18, Mark 12:30).

We need "living water" baptism of His spirit so we "neither thirst" (John 7:38, Revelation 7:16, Acts 1:5). The present/inner heaven is the goal (Revelation 21:1).
---more_excellent_way on 9/14/08

God wants you to know how to make a CLEAR division (as would a "sword") between between GOOD and EVIL (you already know the RIGHT/WRONG morality CODE).

The tree eaten of in the Garden of Eden was the tree of the knowledge of GOOD/EVIL. Hebrews 5:14 says that the "solid food" of God's word is for those who understand GOOD/EVIL (for peaceful co-existence)...

Hebrews 5:14
"But solid food is for the MATURE [in devotion], for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish GOOD from EVIL".

Jesus did not come to bring peace [of mind for those who wish to continue doing whatever they want], He came to produce a division in our mind between good and evil (Luke 12:51).
---more_excellent_way on 9/14/08

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and actually thats a great feeling,when you back it up with spiritual truth. we are all lost without God.we can do nothing apart from take this desire to learn more,and shape it into a personal relationship with God thru jesus,and everyday,moment by moment thru study of the bible learn about who God is,what he wants for us all,and eventually though at times you will still feel lost you will know in your heart,and your mind that God is in control.
---tom2 on 9/13/08

You must!

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Lots of people fall in to believing the things they think are of God and speak accordingly.
As you can clearly see in this Blog.

This is not for you

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.
---Frank on 9/11/08

Believe the lord!

1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

People try to teach what they do not know. I say to you, if the lord is calling you, just follow your heart.

People think they pick the time and the season.

Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father, neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
---Frank on 9/9/08


Catherine's delivery might seem harsh, and it is, however her challenge is valid. Make sure that you understand the invitation of Jesus Christ for eternal life. I would start in the New Testament with the Book of John and work your way through your salvation decision. The old testament is fine however it is the new testament that will have the most meaning for you at this stage in your maturation. Settle in your mind first that you have accepted the salvation offered by Jesus Christ, there is nothing more important that you can do at this time.
---TIMOTHY on 9/9/08

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catherine your response grieves my heart.
Some people don't know how to get right with God BEFORE they go to a church. I said the sinners prayer and started going to church and that's where I got the Baptism of the HS. How did I know how to get right with GOd? I didn't. That's why I needed the help of a Pastor and the congregation who was already walking with the Lord. For such a goldy woman you are, your response is harsh for a new believer. NEVER SAY THIS TO A NEW BELIEVER OR TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BE ONE. catherine said: Are you a believer, so is Satan, etc. If you are truly born-again, which I have my doubts.
catherine these are very judgemental statements....MODERATOR - please let my response post. Thank you.
---donna8365 on 9/9/08

Are you a believer, so is Satan, or are you born-again by the Blood of Jesus Christ? There is a difference. If you are truly born-again, which I have my doubts, because if you were you would have found a Bible way before now, and you would have opened it, and you would have studied it. So, please before you step a foot inside of a church get right with God, and if you plan to study, get right with God. Then I would start in the Old Testament, because you won't understand the new if you don't gain some knowledge of the Old Testament. As always after you are saved pray about everything, my friend. I pray that God will choose you and save you. Hell will be no picnic for you.
---catherine on 9/9/08

I believe we are supposed to be reading the new testament,but Gods 10 laws and the beginning of time is in the old testament,it should not be forgotten,especially for a beginner,sorry,but that's just me.
---Glenn on 9/8/08

Start asking God to show you where to go to church. Make sure they teach the Word of God in truth meaning they don't teach things that aren't in the bible.

Read the Gospel of John first, then Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

The first thing the Holy Spirit spoke to me was, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." That's in the book of Jeremian in the Old Testament.

Then you will need to begin to find out what your salvation means. You are the righteousness of God through Jesus. You are a Royal Priesthood, a people for God's own possession. You can email me here at ChristiaNet at donna8365. I will help you grow in the Lord Jesus.
---donna8365 on 9/8/08

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Stay in New Testament, this is God word Christ.
You can D/L the bible in mp3 format for free. Why?

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Trust it!

Let the music play over and over again. Day and night! At some point you will have question, as to what is being said! Ask no man! At this point thank God for the Holy Spirit. Believe your spirit, this is the teacher he gave us. Dont be afraid to ask how this can be lord.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

John the Baptist, trust his way!
---Frank on 9/6/08

Some people can start at Genesis and work their way through. I would suggest you do two things. Start a year Bible reading plan which does begain at Genesis.

But now sit down and read Mark. It is short and easy to read. Pick a translaton you are comfortable with. New King James is one. Yes get a Concordance and Bible dictonary both are great for indepth studies. Pray for the HOLY SPIRIT to guide.

Think and pray about what you read. After you are comfortable with Mark go to Luke. Then John and finally Matthew. All the time reading 3 chapters a day starting at Genesis. JESUS had these letters written to you Spend the time to study them.

May the Love of GOD be with you and the power of the HOLY SPIRIT fill you. Amen
---Samuel on 9/6/08

I would recommend starting with Mark--the second book of the New Testament.

It's the shortest of the Gospel and will give you the broad overview of the life and ministry of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.
---katavasia on 9/6/08

I suggest you start reading the Bible in the book of John, because it is an excellent way to learn about Jesus. From there, I suggest the book of Romans.

As for church, find yourself a Bible teaching church that does not preach anything but the Bible from the pulpit. Some preachers get into other things, but a good preacher will stick with the Word of God. Attend Sunday School classes, and see if they also have Bible studies during the week.
---Trish9863 on 9/6/08

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The book of Matthew is a good place to start(Milk),
just remember to pray & ask God for guidance in your endeavour of seeking...

Milk 1st, Meat later!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 9/6/08

Yes, the early scriptures are rich with things that can help you. And you can read the Sermon on the Mount as shown in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7, and be open to how to live all Jesus has said, here. Also, Jesus calls to "all" > He has this hope for "all > "'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.'" (Matthew 11:28-30) > "swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (in James 1:19-20) God bless you, Jemmi (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/5/08

When you are first learning about the bible, a human spiritual teacher will be useful, but remember that Jesus gave you annointing and only He will teach what is true (1 John 2:27). The "strong delusion" was in effect all throughout history.

The Lord will teach you the "depths of God" (Ephesians 6:17) after you learn the introductory doctrine (Hebrews 6:1, "word of truth", 2 Timothy 2:15). Walk "BY THE SPIRIT", not faith (Galatians 5:16) in order to have a genuine NEW testament/covenant devotion based on a "FAITH FOR faith" (love, Romans 1:17). Agape, philos, eros, and storge are love RELATIONSHIPS, not love itself (important to remember, the Christian must understand well what love is).
---more_excellent_way on 9/5/08

The Old Testament is a record of things that happened up until 800 years BEFORE Jesus was even born. It can contain useful background, but remember that Jesus wasn't even born. It's also extremely important to remember that THE SPIRIT had not yet been given (John 7:39). A genuine NEW testament/covenant devotion ("more excellent", 1 Corin. 12:31) is based on THE SPIRIT ("walk by THE SPIRIT", Galatians 5:16, do not walk by faith) and the "sword of THE SPIRIT" (Ephesians 6:17). God is LOVE, read the LOVE chapter (1 Corinthians chapter 13 the "Love chapter") and remember that God wants LOVE as devotion. The GOSPELS (first 4 books of the N. Testament) are records of what Jesus did while He was on earth.
---more_excellent_way on 9/5/08

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Start at the Beginning of the Bible, Genesis.
The Old Testament stories are important because it has some connection to the New Testament.

You will understand the NT after reading the OT and it's stories.
And remember that Jesus is the Summit and Center of the Bible which are the Gospels.

Thats why He calls Himself the Cornerstone.
With Jewish people (first born) on one side of Jesus, and the rest of the world on the other side which includes us. (2nd born)
---Nicole on 9/5/08

The very best place to begin is to read and study the Bible for yourself, 2 Timothy 2 14-19, and whenever someone tells you somthing about scripture follow the example which is found in Acts 17:11.

It also would be good to use a Bible Concordance along with a Bible Dictionary as you study.
---Rob on 9/5/08

Start by on your knees and having a good talk with God and let the Holy Ghost lead you into the right path on what to read and where to read. Remember the Old Testament ties into the New Testament. In the Old Testament there are prophecies about Christ and what is to come into the future. In the New Testament these prophecies come to pass. There are some prophecies that hadn't come to pass yet, those are in the book of Revelation and we are still awaiting on those prophecies to come to pass. But a good start is on your knees talking to the Lord and and let him guide you in what's next.
---Rebecca_D on 9/5/08

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