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New to Christ?

You've taken the first step already: to believe and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Now you're asking yourself, "what's next?" Here are a few basic essentials to build a strong foundation for your walk with the Lord. This is not everything, but it's a good place to start.



Read the Bible

The Bible is the revelation of God's mind to us. It's what he wants us to know and do. God gave His Book, the Written Word, to guide us. Prayerfully approach the Bible each day, asking God to reveal the truth of what is in it to you. Sometimes you may feel you can only read a little at a time - that's ok! Give yourself the time to think about how what your reading applies to you and what is being said. Note questions you might have and search commentaries or ask a Christian (even someone here in SoC!).



Pray. You need to grow in your new relationship with Christ, and to do this, it's important to have a regular time during the day where you get alone with Him and His Word. Don't worry if you don't think you know how to pray; God's Spirit will guide you. You can start with thanks to God for the eternal life you have received and talk to Him as you would a trusted friend, pouring out your heart to Him and asking Him to guide you in fulfilling His will for your life. Start with at least one time and you'll find yourself praying more and more during the day as it becomes a habit of the heart.



Find A Bible-Believing Church

There are a few keys to finding a solid place for teaching and fellowship. Most importantly, the church should align with the principles outlined in the statement of faith. For example, the church should recognize the Bible, as the Word of God is the final authority in all matters of the Christian walk; the church should acknowledge the gospel, particularly the redemption of sins and salvation from Christ's blood. If you're unsure, check out the church's statement of faith or beliefs



Be Baptized

Water baptism identifies our desire to obey Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20) to be joined to Christ (Romans 6:1-4), and to follow Christ (Romans 6:4). Simply put, it is an outward declaration of an inward conviction.

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