#2. SEVEN STEPS FOR A NEW BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN
Being born again is an instantaneous experience that happens to us, and it is necessary for our salvation, but it is only the first step (See #1. First Step to Salvation). Our complete salvation will not be received until Jesus returns and our bodies are resurrected from the dead, or we are caught up to meet him and our bodies are changed (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 15:51-53). In the meantime we must "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12), and this bible study shows seven steps that new born again Christians should take when they become believers in Jesus Christ, in order to ensure that they receive that salvation when Jesus returns.
Sins do not automatically disappear from our heart the moment we first believe in Jesus, therefore repentance is very important, because it removes sin from the heart (Ezekiel 18:30-31; Mark 1:4; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38). There are nine steps to repentance, which are as follows:
(1) Believe in Jesus (Acts 10:43; 13:38). There can be no true forgiveness without this because he has paid the price for our
sins to be forgiven (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 3:5), and he is the one who delivers us from sin (Matthew 1:21; Acts 3:26; 1 Peter 2:24).
The word of God is the Bible. The Authorized King James Version of 1611 has been the standard for centuries, and is recommended as well as the New King James Version. Many modern translations are either based on corrupted manuscripts, or are a paraphrase, or both, and hide the real truth of God's word to some degree. These should be avoided. You will need to know how to rightly divide the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). You will then need to obtain rightly divided studies (there are some excellent ones on this site), to meditate on them (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:1-3; 1 Timothy 4:15), and put them into practice in your life (Joshua 1:7-8; Hebrews 5:9; James 1:22). The benefits of diligent study of the word of God are many:
(1) The word of God gives us hope (Romans 15:4-5).
Bible Study: RP 301 #2. How to Obtain the Truth from the Word of God
Answered prayer is very reassuring of the presence and reality of God in our lives. We can pray for our own needs, the needs of other Christians, and the salvation of others. There are five points to make on prayer:
(1) We should pray to God the Father (Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2; John 15:16; 16:23; Ephesians 3:14).
A good church will believe, teach, and practice the true teachings of the bible, and will provide help for a new Christian, just as a mother provides help for a new born baby. Church attendance will enable us to be one with other Christians (Proverbs 13:20; John 17:11; 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:11-14), to help one another when in need (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Galatians 6:2), to exhort one another (Hebrews 10:24-25), to restore one another when in error (Galatians 6:1), and enable us to be part of the "one fold" (John 10:3-5, 10:11; 10:14; 10:16). Ask God to guide you to the church where he wants you to be at this present time.
This was always done as soon as possible in the New Testament (Acts 8:36-38; 10:47; 19:1-5). The correct method is by immersion, typifying us following Jesus into:
(1) His death (going down into the water) (Romans 6:3; 6:4),
The correct name (meaning authority) to be baptized in (Greek: en) is the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the way the apostles always did it (Acts 2:38; 10:48). The name (meaning character) of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), is what we are baptized into (Greek: eis), not the name (authority) that we are baptized with. Ask your Pastor about being baptized.
This can sometimes be an experience that people get when they first believe, Cornelius and his household for example (Acts 10:44-46), but in the vast majority of cases this is an experience which follows some time after being born again (Acts 8:5-17; 19:1-6). It is an experience which all Christians need in order to be successful in their Christian walk, because it provides the supernatural power that we need to live spiritual lives, and be witnesses for Christ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). The evidence that shows whether a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit or not is (almost invariably) whether they speak in tongues or not (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6). Ask the people at your church to pray for you to receive this experience.
A tithe is one tenth of a person's gross income, or increase. Tithing is part of God's financial plan to provide for his work, and has been since the days of Abraham (Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 7:1-4). It continued with Jacob (Genesis 28:20-22), and was a part of the law given by Moses (Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22; Malachi 3:10). The tithe belonged to God (Leviticus 27:30-34), but was used for the service of the Levites (Numbers 18:21-29; Deuteronomy 26:12), and to support strangers, widows, and orphans (Deuteronomy 14:28; 26:12; Acts 6:1-3). Tithing is really an act of faith, because God has promised a blessing if we do it, and a curse if we don't (Malachi 3:8-11). Because the tithe belongs to God (Leviticus 27:30-34), he considers not paying it as robbing him (Malachi 3:8). Modern day tithes should be paid to the church treasury for the support of the ministry, and widows and orphans in the church (Acts 6:1-3). Some functions of the Levites, such as teaching the word of God (Exodus 18:20; Deuteronomy 24:8; 2 Chronicles 15:3; Ezra 7:10), are now part of the ministry of the church (Acts 13:1; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11).
Jesus Christ endorsed paying tithes.
(Matthew 23:23) "You pay tithes of mint, and anise, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice, and mercy, and faith. These it was necessary to do, and not to leave the others undone."
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