“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” – Matthew 7:13
This section is written for those new believers in Christ who have been born-again. You have already therefore:
- Come to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, and
- Repented of your sins, and
- Confessed your belief in Jesus, and
- Been baptized by immersion for the forgiveness of sins
And now you are wondering, great, what do I do now? I don’t “feel” any different? What do I do next? How do I live as a true Christian?
As I have presented to you the truth of what Scripture says, and contrary to what seems to be the norm today as evidenced by most “Christian” behavior, becoming a Christian doesn’t mean you simply accept Christ (“got saved”) and then that’s all there is to it, and that you can just continue to live your life just like you always have. Christianity, becoming a Christian, accepting Christ is a way of life, not something that is done and over with in an instant.
It means to truly dedicate your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to pick up the cross each and every day of your life and follow Him, no matter what. It means seeking the will of God through Christ, to deny oneself for Him, to learn and obey His teachings, to grow and abound in His knowledge and grace each day, and to persevere in faith unto death.
I wrote this section of the book because after I was born-again, I traveled way off the narrow road to Christ in the years thereafter, and I never really knew why (I figured that out later). Yes, I was a believer in Christ, but didn’t feel any different. I didn’t get any warm fuzzy feeling-all-over when I confessed Christ. I didn’t see a vision, or bright lights, or angels, or speaking in tongues (which isn’t Biblical today anyway), or heaven, etc. I didn’t really feel anything. It was just a conscious decision and I took the steps to accept Jesus.
In fact, no-one ever sat me down and helped me understand the basics of being a Christian, or the next steps going forward, or anything. I was a baby Christian; but I still didn’t know anything or how I should live now. I did therefore live life pretty much as I always had before I came to Christ, and my life was a pretty big mess (see my testimony) subsequently also. In fact, it actually got much worse after I believed in Christ. That’s not His fault, it’s mine.
It is a very dangerous world and it is a long and dangerous journey that the Christian travels, with many traps, snares, false teachings, false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing and other fatal lures (please see our chapter on Wolves and also our recommended reading book The Pilgrim’s Progress, for more information on those topics!).
We are told by Christ:
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” – Matthew 10:16
Looking back, I didn’t do the very basic things that any/all Christians should be doing. I didn’t know any better. Perhaps others tried to tell me, and I just didn’t listen or hear, but whatever the reason, it has helped me to learn from it, and I now hope to help you.
While the first parts of this book laid out the gospel message as clearly laid out by the Word of God, this section is much more subjective. This section simply contains my opinions on matters, showing you what has worked best for me as a Christian. But what worked best for me may not be best for you. So, take this part of the book as advice rather than doctrine. So, I’ve provided the information in this section of the book in an attempt to help you learn from what I learned, and to hopefully avoid the mistakes I made.
Also, the steps aren’t necessarily chronological in order, I’ve tried to lay them out in what I think is the proper order. Take the steps as you get to them; none of us are perfect even after we are born again. I have tried to list them in the order I think it best to do in case you care to follow that suggestion. Some items are quite simple (changing your radio habits); while some others can be unbelievably difficult (e.g. Finding a Church), at least for me anyway.
- Choosing a Bible
- Find a Bible Reading Plan
- Start Memorizing Verses
- Finding a Church
- Utilizing Technology (Apps, etc.)
- Changing Your Worldly Habits
- Changing Your Entertainment Habits
- Attending a “New Believer” or “Believer 101” Starter Class
- Finding Your First Bible Study
- Learning How to Pray
- Essential First 30-Day Daily Activities
- Being a Berean