The next step is for a new Christian to learn the basics of living as a Christian.
Relationship with Jesus/God
This is the bedrock on which everything else depends. Jesus is both Saviour and Lord – with all that those terms mean. The relationship is one of dependence and loving intimacy. Although Jesus is in heaven we can relate to Jesus through his spirit. Similarly we relate to God the Father as “Abba”- Daddy.
Our relationship with the Holy Spirit is also crucial. He lives in us and enables us to relate to the other two members of the trinity and provides the power to live the Christian life. All the activities listed below are worthless unless done in the context of these relationships.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15 v 5
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” – John 14 v 23
“do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you… –
1 Corinthians 6 v 19
- How and why to read the Bible – give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matt 7 v 24-27
- Praying for others and praying for yourselves
- How to pray
- Why pray
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. – Matt 7 v 7-8
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. – James 4 v 3
Troubles as a Christian
- That the Christian can expect to have trouble still in their life, and not to be disappointed or put off by it.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16 v 33
- Why we meet up
- How other Christians help you
Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor. – 1 Peter 2 v 17
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. – Romans 12 v 10
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and ball the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10 v 25
- Why we witness
- How we witness
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given tome. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matt 28 v 18-20
Living to please God
- Our life is no longer our own
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Gal 1 v 10
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Cor 5 v 17
Faith not works
- We haven’t achieved our salvation, and we don’t keep it through hard work.
- Good works come out of salvation, we do them as a result of faith
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2 v 8-10
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11 v 6
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2 v 14-17
- God will change our character to make us more like him
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Phil 1 v 6
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. – 2 Cor 3 v 18