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NOW THAT I AM SAVED WHAT DO I DO?

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1. GO TO CHURCH!

It is good to get in a church to learn more about Jesus. There are people there who can help build you up spiritually and lead you in your times of trouble. Find a church that fits your lifestyle. If you like wilder music and more outgoing things, go to a more charasmatic church. If you like lighter style music, and are less outgoing go to a more reserved church. It is very important that you go to a church that dosen't go against ANYTHING in the Holy Bible or that adds or removes anything in the Bible.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.


2. BAPTISM

Now, make a covenant to God through baptism (fully immersing yourself in water). Baptism represents the very elements of the good news. This is an outward proclamation of an inward reality that you have died to your old self and been raised again! You can be babtized at your church.

Acts 2:38,9 Repent and be baptized, everyone of you for the forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.


3. PRAY!

Prayer is simply talking to God. You can pray anytime, anywhere and you can talk to God just like you talk to anyone else. When you talk to God you may ask for forgiveness of your sins, thank him for your blessings, and ask for requests. He will always hear and answer your prayers. The answer may not always be yes(as far as requests go), but he will hear your prayer.

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men should always pray...

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.


4.
READ THE BIBLE!

I suggest the "The Message" or "New International Version(NIV)" Bible translations. They are more modern translations of the Bible and are extremely easy to understand. They can be found at any Christian Book Store. Try reading either Matthew, Mark, Luke, John first and then read Romans. The Gospels tell the story of Jesus. Romans is a letter Paul wrote to Romans that talks about the basics of Christianity.

Romans 10:17 - Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...


5. TURN FROM YOUR OLD WAYS AND OBEY GOD!

Now that you are Christian dosen't mean you don't have any fun, just don't sin and do what you think Jesus would do. The Bible tells us all that we should and should not do and gives Jesus as a perfect example of what's right. Romans discusses this issue of "Now that I'm a Christian, can I sin as much as I want now?" (of course, the answer is no).

Job 36:11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

6. WITNESS TO OTHERS!

Tell others of what you find so they too can find this awesome gift.

Mark 16:15 - And he said to them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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Contact: Ryan_S_Campbell@cornerstone.edu

Words to Live By(glossary)