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New to Christianity and need help. I have come to Christianity but I don't know where to go from here. I want to build my faith but don't know where to begin. Can anyone help?

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If any one is trying to muddy up The Gospel It's the Man - made trin relig - org's churches beginning with the rcc. You can go ahead & be like thieves try to steal your way into heaven, Guess What ?, it wont happen. Again, faith in believing without works Is dead. Luke 16 v 16.

I'm Not going to cheapen the Gospel for No one.
---Lawrence on 8/6/10 said:You must needs to attend Church, read your Bible, pray, go about praising & worshiping God, witness, help people etc
This is all fine to help you grow in your christian walk, but please do not muddy up the gospel. Salvation is from belief(faith)alone.
Please read John3:14-15. VS.14 is based on belief to be healed and VS.15 is based on belief alone in Christ.
If you can't see it there, continue on to VS.16. It gets no better than that.
---JIM on 8/6/10

Yes Tanya beware !
There are such on here that uses faith scriptures & make a salvation doctrine out of it. They may say, if you believe with all thine heart that Jesus is The Son of God, thou shalt be saved. It takes more than just the faith scriptures. It takes the faith scriptures
along with my previous reply.

These Man - made salvation teachings of easy believism, no works salvation, & the so called sinners prayer Are Lies & came from here 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15.
---Lawrence on 8/5/10

Tanya, take the advice of the first man that responded to you.

Whatever you do.. get off these blogs. There are lots of heretics here who would love to lead you astray and now is when youre the most vulnerable.

Go find a church. When youre in the right church you will know it from the fruits they bare and their love for the Lord.
---JackB on 8/4/10

What method was the manner in getting saved?
God has Only One salvation plan that Is according to Mark 16 v 16, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20, to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost.
You must needs to attend Church, read your Bible, pray, go about praising & worshiping God, witness, help people etc.
You need to stay away from the devil & his worldly pleasures. 1st.John 2 v's 15 - 16.
---Lawrence on 8/3/10

.kathr4453, I am making an exception this one time to reply to you: Jesus is the Father, when he talked to God he was not talking to himself, but instead he was talking to the Father inside of his self, just as when I talk to Jesus the only living and everlasting God I am not talking to my self, but to the Jesus inside of my self, and each born-again Christian is an actual living member of Christ's own body. Jesus never prayed to himself, just as we Christians never pray to our selves. Jesus always prayed to the God inside him, just like we Christians always pray to the Christ inside us. God's Holy Spirit and the kingdom of God is inside the Christian, not outside. Please Read- Luke 17:20,21.
---Eloy on 4/20/09

Eloy, are you denying the Trinity?

Exactly WHO did Jesus pray to in John 17? Himself?

John 17:5
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Jesus said too, I did not come to do my will, but the will of Him who sent me.

For GOD so loved the world He gave His only Begotten Son.

Stephen saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father.

The Trinity is not three separate Gods, or 1/3 God, 1/3 Jesus and 1/3 Holy Spirit.

20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
---kathr4453 on 4/20/09

.kathr4453, Jesus is the Father. Jesus says: "I and Father are one. He that sees me sees him that sent me. I am The way, The truth, and The life: no human comes to the Father except by me. If you all had known me, you all should have known my Father also: and from hereafter you all know him, and have seen him. He that has seen me has seen the Father. Believe me that I in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me because of the very miracles' sake. I am the Alpha and the Omega, Beginning and Ultimate, says the Lord, which from being, and which to being, and which coming, The Almighty. If you all believe not that I Am, you all will die in your sins." John 10:30+ 12:45+ 14:6,7,9,11+ Revelation 1:8+ John 8:24.
---Eloy on 4/18/09

Tanya~ I like what Eloy said here. Plus:

1. Rejoice in the Lord
2. Be humble/stay humble.
3. Hide God's word in your heart.
4. Don't even t-h-i-n-k about the 'pleasures' of sin.
5. Learn the Bible
6. Don't envy the unsaved
7. Make your mission to share the gospel for time is short.
8. Pray and stand firm in all the will of God.
9. make music in your heart to the Lord.
10. Avoid godless chatter, secular tv, worldliness etc.
11 Stay self-controlled, alert and continue to resist the devil.
12. Avoid bad company
13 Fear and love God
14 Keep a clear conscience
15 Test the Spirits
16, Walk in love
17. Flee desire for riches
18. Be careful to obey the Bible
19. Make your calling/election sure
---Anne on 4/17/09

***Pray to Jesus and worship him daily Eloy***

Actually we pray to God our Father through Jesus Christ.
---kathr4453 on 4/17/09

You must first get saved: that is, surrender your life up to Jesus Christ for his complete control and the complete conversion of your life into his holiness. After becoming born-again you should get baptized, and obtain a Holy Bible to read, preferrably no bible later than the 1611 King James Holy Bible. Pray to Jesus and worship him daily, and ask for his guidance: and ask Jesus for the gift of his Holy Spirit. And find some other real born-again Christians to fellowship and be friends with, and pray and worship together with.
---Eloy on 4/17/09

I suggest you read the Gospels through from begining to end. Don't get too worried about deep meanings. The central message that we can get from Christ in the Gospels is that God loves us and wants us to love and serve him and our fellow men. After you are familiar with Christ's ministry and teachings, youI should read the letters of Peter, James and John. Then read Paul and only after you are well grounded would I get into the highly symbolic Book of Revelation. Also, I would always suggest trying to understand Paul and others by using Christ's words, not the other way around. Many twist Christ's words to make them match their interpretation of Paul. In reality it should go the other way. People should make Paul's words match Christ's.
---Sophia on 4/16/09

Regardless of whether you go to church or not, or find a church that you like, you should read your Bible and get to know what the Word says, because you will have many people interpreting the Word for their own gains and some even trying to use the Word to get you to do corrupt things. Study it and interpret it for yourself. Actually learn from it, don't just memorize verses and become a Christian parrot. Learn the meanings of what you are reading, and also think about the context in which certain things were said.

You also have to make a decision, which is, "Am I going to believe all of the Bible literally? Or am I going to say that some of it is figurative?"
---Amanda on 4/16/09

Tanya hello and welcome, now sometimes on these blogs we have disagreements such as right now I disagree with Bob's statement to you he said, "King James version is a little complicated, you may like that sort of reading, but there are many versions of the Bible and they are all very good."
I want to strongly recommend the K.J.V. of the Bible. Also if you can get a large print edition, if you don't need it now one day you will.
Many people suggest starting in the book of John myself included. I also am very fond of the book of Romans. Here's a hint about how to study the Bible. GO SLOW
---mima on 4/8/09

To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

Being newly in Christ, is like being in Love! No one can tell you you're in Love, you just know it: and that's where you begin.

Allow Love to lead you in all things and the Lord shall be revealed to you more & more bringing you into 'Faith in Christ' where we gain a relationship with the in dwelling of His Holy Spirit which is our comforter He lelf us: to Guide, Teach & keeping us in remembrance of all things that our Lord shared of our Heavenly Father & His Kingdom.
---Shawn_M.T. on 3/19/09

Tanya: May the Lord bless your every effort in seeking Him through prayer, His word (Bible), and in fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters.:) amen
---jody on 2/27/09

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Hi Tanya:

I have two pieces of advice. Please DO NOT become religious and focus your thoughts and your practice on the nature of God, the Creator of the universe and the Magnificence of His Grace. The Eternal Father has made you Prefect.
---Janze on 2/27/09

Welcome to Christianity and the teachings of the Holy Bible.My suggestion to you is [if you do not already have a Bible] then it would be a good idea to get one, you can get them at no cost at a local church. King James version is a little complicated, you may like that sort of reading, but there are many versions of the Bible and they are all very good.
In short the Bible is teaching us that God loves everyone and He wants us to live with Him for all of Eternity, all we have to do is call on His name and declare that He is our Lord and our Savior.
At the beginning of any journey it all seems a lot of information to take in but I urge you to continue on your journey and all will become quite clear to you soon.
Blessings to you.
---Bob on 2/27/09

Congratulations on joining the family of God!

These blogs may offer some good suggestions but will not help you much...they are rather like family members sqabbling among each other.

You need to find a group or Church that studies the Word (the Bible) and puts Jesus above everything else. Read the Bible carefully yourself (a modern translation if the traditional version seems confusing to you) and ask the Lord to lead you to a group that honors His word. Read the New Testament particularly and notice if the group you are looking at seems to demonstrate pretty much the same spirit. (no church or organization is perfect). I believe if you look around, God will lead you to people who can help you and with whom you feel comfortable.
---Donna66 on 2/26/09

Jesus did read the scriptures.

Luk 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me.....

Jesus would not have been asked to read in the synagogue unless he had come of age (twelve years) and had what, today, is known as a bar mitzvah. To prepare for this he would have been required to study and memorize long scripture passages.
---Donna66 on 2/26/09

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I am assuming you have not done the following, or you would not be asking the question. I am assuming, also, that you know that God is telling you He wants to redeem you from Satan.

If that's the case, then:

Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus, the Christ, for the remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Then, all you need to do is read the Bible (KJV: my own preference), pray, and preach the Kingdom of God. Everything else will become quite clear to you.

Anything else is a waste of time, at best, and jeopardizes your salvation.
---BruceB on 2/26/09

catherine: "JESUS IS GOD, My friend. And do not forget this."

I'm not arguing that Jesus is not God, but Jesus is NOT the Father.
---Steveng on 2/25/09

This is to Steveng...It is written "Jesus is God". There is no scriptures that says Jesus read from scriptures which I am aware of. I looked up Matthew 26:39 and you do not understand the scripture. Please look it up in a good Bible tool book. I should let you know that Jesus' ministry was mainly teachings about His Father and the Kingdom that He had ushered in. Jesus did prepare Himself for the ministry. [40 DAYS IN THE WILDERNESS]. As far as Jesus leaving the crowds to spend time with the Father, He did. JESUS IS GOD, My friend. And do not forget this.
---catherine on 2/24/09

catherine: "Did Jesus pray for help?"

Jesus always prayed to the Father for help before he performed his miracles. Just one example of his prayer for help...

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

catherine: "Or check out the scriptures?"

Jesus said dozens of times, "It is written..." (Jesus didn't need to check out scripture, he knew scripture)

Besides, he read out of scripture while in the temple.
---Steveng on 2/24/09

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After ministering to crowds all day long, Jesus would often run away from them to pray.

On the night he was betrayed, he prayed "Lord, take this cup away from me", which sure sounds like he was askingn God to help him out of his dilemma.
---StrongAxe on 2/24/09

Did Jesus pray for help? Or check out the scriptures?
---catherine on 2/22/09

Do what Jesus did when he needed help in doing things, firstly pray (most important) and secondly look to scripture, your Bible should be one of the most important things in your life as it is your connection to God.

Just remember Christianity is not a sitting around and talking about it kind of faith it is a get up and go faith, just live your faith and do the best you can, God doesn't ask us to be perfect, He just asks that we try our best and ask for forgivness when we muck up.
---Fran on 2/22/09

Tanya, 1 Cor 2:10-12 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak, and He will disclose to you what is to come. Pray to God and ask Him for guidance and direction. The Holy Spirit helps God's children.
---Bob on 2/19/09

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First, get away from these blogs. Second, find a couple of Christians who have not been infected by docrtines of denominational "churches." Third, read the bible from beginning to end in as short of time as possible without concordances, novels, other author's opinions and interpretations, and other Christian reference books - reading it through the eyes of a child. Do an online bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" because living a Christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle, not a once a week pep talk. Meet other Christians on a daily basis.

Praying you and yours peace of mind, joy of spirit, good health and many great friends to share them with in Jesus' name.
---Steveng on 2/18/09

First question, how far are you away from Erie? If you are not too far away, I would suggest TEC (To Encounter Christ). It's for 17+ and yes, adults do join as well if you are an adult not sure you should join. It's a very exciting event that will help you discover Jesus and will help you build your faith. I have made it myself in 2006 and still look back on it as a very memorable moment!

God Bless,
---Lisa5554 on 2/18/09

Praise God! Do you know that the angels are rejoicing about your salvation? I would recommend that you read one Psalm and 1 Proverb every day. Also start readin the New Testiment first, James for trials, and get connected in a spirit-filled church, that teaches the word of God. Make sure that the word being taught aliens up with the bible, don't just follow what man teaches, make sure for yourself that it comes from the bible, because there are alot of false teachers out there.
---Janine on 2/11/09

Tanya, We as christians must do what the Bible says (Follow the instructions in the Epistles) you may need to change who you hang out with, ask GOD for repentance,so you will be forgiven. Bottom line, "where do I go from here" Jesus said, if we do the Truth we come to the Light.(John 3:21).Add to your Faith, do what the Bible says to do (2 Tim. 2:15)

Take heed of the warnings, lots of false doctrine out there, take notes,check everything anyone says with the Word of God. Get your self a exhaustive concordance of the Bible,Google the words Grace and Truth, they come by Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)

This is Love
---joe on 2/11/09

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Jesus said that HE is the ONLY spirtual authority in the whole universe...

Matthew 28:18
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me".

Remember this when you are told that the bible is the final authority.

We are to have a "faith FOR FAITH" (Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6), not a "faith", because God is not faith,...GOD IS LOVE (1 Corin. 12:31 and 13:13, 1 John 4:8). We must learn the "depths of God" (1 Corin. 2:10) in order to know the truth of God and "enter by the door" (John 10:1, 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 1:13 and 6:17).

The "strong delusion" has been around all throughout history for those who rather love the bible instead of God ONLY.
---more_excellent_way on 2/11/09

>>Welcome to the family of God, Sister. If you start reading the Bible, in the Gospel of John, you will find many interesting things about our LORD Jesus Christ.

Ditto...welcome and the gospel of John was a great aid to me when I first came to Messiah. Keep things simple, read and pray often, and find a group (it doesn't HAVE to be a "church") or church that teaches, that has classes.

Blessings to you.
---Ken_Rank on 2/9/09

Find a Spirit-filled bible believing church. Go to as many meetings and bible studies as you can.

Start with reading the Gospel of John, the Matthew, Mark & Luke, then the Epistles.

The Holy Spirit taught me who I was in Christ Jesus first. You are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. You have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb - find out what this means. Get the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit will teach you what you need to know.

I think the key here is finding the right church for you.
---donna8365 on 2/9/09

pray about it in your car, at work, wherever you are. pray without ceasing. "the prayers of the righteous availeth much" you were righteous the moment you rec'd christ. read the bible whenever you can.
---Aaron on 2/8/09

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Get in the Word! Start with the New Testament, and get to know your Savior! The New Testament is the milk of God's Word! We are all babes in Christ. A baby need's to start with milk, and then learn how to chew up the meat of the Old Testament.
2 Cor 3:14 But their minds were blinded. For unti this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
Get to know your King and His Holy Spirit, and He will teach you everything you need to know! God bless, and welcome to the army of the Living God! I pray that Jesus will give you great understanding and wisdom in the reading of the entire bible, and that Jesus anoints you to be an awsome witness for the glory of His name! Amen!
---Bryan on 2/6/09

Pray and ask the Lord to keep you from all heresy(wrong beliefs and wrong teachings). Study the Bible starting with the four Gospels. I suggest study after reading two or three times, and once study starts go slow. Be aware of the fact that God chose you, and having choose you, he will guide you, he will lead you be with you and be in you. In the name of Jesus I congratulate you!
---mima on 2/6/09

Welcome to the family of God, Sister. If you start reading the Bible, in the Gospel of John, you will find many interesting things about our LORD Jesus Christ. Also, if you want to do online Bible studies, you can go to BBNBI dot org. They have a very good selection of FREE bible studies. The courses aren't acredited but will certainly help you build on the foundation of Jesus Christ. God bless you on the journey Sister.
---tommy3007 on 2/6/09

"where to go from here"?

Start by acquainting your self with His written word, knowing that the steps of a good man [one who surrenders to the love of the LORD, embraces that love and share it with others] are ordered by the LORD. Be soft and pliable in His hands, yield to His instructions and follow the directions of His Spirit. Acknowledge His presence in all you do, and He will direct you. Have faith in Jesus, for He is the author and finisher of your faith. Faith that is implemented or put into practice through words and actions that correspond, is faith that grows. Simply continue to exercise the faith you have been given and it will be strengthen.
---Josef on 2/6/09

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Hi Sister, praise the Lord for your decision.

My suggestion would be to find a really good church where the Word is taught not just on Sunday, but throughout the week. Find one that has a Women's Bible Study, and get involved in that. Then, pray and seek out an older, mature woman in Christ who can mentor you as it is discussed in the book of Titus. Ask this woman to guide you in deepening your relationship with Christ.

God bless.
---Trish9863 on 2/5/09

To build your faith, you MUST do the following: Confess and repent (turn from)ALL sins DAILY, pray EVERYDAY - this is you talking to God like a friend, read the Bible EVERYDAY - this is God talking back to you through His love note to you and about you, go to a Bible teaching/preaching/believing church faithfully - this will help you to get to know other Christians that will help build your faith, Tell others about Jesus (Witness) DAILY - this will help build your faith and bring others to God. Hope this helps, God bless.
---Leslie on 2/5/09

Tanya...Prayer and Bible reading are foremost in your walk with the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. You have made such a wonderful decision and no matter what happens in your life now, you can rest assured that the Lord is always there to see you through.
---SusieB on 2/5/09

"..using a online bible means you can go topic by topic just type a subject type the search engine and off you go."-carla

I have to agree with Carla. I use one at work and study in my down time.

To build your faith, first, read your Bible. I would suggest the Gospels. They tell the story of Jesus and what he did for you.
Then maybe Paul's letters- that is the following books- Acts, Romans, Gentiles, 1 & 2 Corinthians.
Romans is a good book that tells how your Chrisstian walk should be.
Try ro surround yourself with good Christian family, too. Don't isolate yourself. It will help build you up, and if you have questions, you will be able to ask someone you know can help.
God bless you!
---miche3754 on 2/5/09

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Best way to begin is cracking open the Good Book. I've heard the best place to start is the Gospel of John, but I don't see anything wrong with starting in Matthew and reading straight through the New Testament. As far as translations, I'd go with an NIV or NKJV.
---Bobby3 on 2/5/09

Tanya, I would suggest you don't spend much time here looking for advise. You will just get confused by all the conflicting ideas bandied about. It would be better to read some good books.
---JohnnyB on 2/5/09

Dear Tanya, i agree with Tom2 also,
and i also encourage you to find a
King James Version Bible translated from
a revised 1611 edition,and pray God send
His Holy Spirit to help you understand
what your reading,i also encourage you to
start reading in the New Testament.
the book of St.John is a great place to
start.may the Lord bless you great in your
eternal journey :)
---kevin on 2/5/09

Welcome to the body of Christ, you could not have done a better thing.

There are going to highs but also for some time there will be lows. Guard your vulnerability against even the most sincere person learning what and who to trust can come after you've already made the mistake.

Lot's to learn including the bible make this fun by using the online Bible's they just take the monotony out of sitting reading and getting frustrated cause you don't understand what's going on.

But using a online bible means you can go topic by topic just type a subject type the search engine and off you go.

Hope this Helps CarlaX
---Carla5754 on 2/5/09

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tanya,find a bible believing church,that puts jesus as leader,and surround yourself with born again life practicing people.people who live out the gospel.take time everyday too talk with God,and remember no matter what happens in your life God loves you.
---tom2 on 2/5/09

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