What the Bible Says
About Instructions for New Believers
1. Seek out a good
Bible-believing church and share your decision to follow Christ with the body of
It is very important to have fellowship with other
Christians because we all need each other to grow and be encouraged.
Especially as a newborn Christian, you will need the support of other
Christians around you to help you grow in Him. From the oldest to the
youngest of us, we need each other.
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner
of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see
the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1).
We encourage you to look for a fellowship that loves to worship the
Lord and loves each other and the world around them. The greatest
commandments are that we love the Lord with all of our heart and love
our neighbor as ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you find the biggest
church in town or a small home fellowship. The important thing is that
you are with others who truly love the Lord and who view the Bible as
the inspired Word of God, and who teach its precepts and plan of
salvation–and who are pressing on to know more of Him. If you find
yourself in a church where no one seems very interested in pursuing God,
in knowing Him and His holiness and fullness, as revealed in Scripture,
we would suggest that you pray about finding a fellowship where this the
case. No church is perfect, and you will find flaws everywhere you go.
However, you can tell by the spirit within you if a church is pressing
on into the fullness of God. If they are not, you owe it to
yourself (and to God) to pray about where HE wants you to be.
The church is not a building or a denomination; rather it is a living
Body–the Body of Christ on the earth made up of all the saints/believers
throughout history and from every denomination and movement within
Christianity. There is only one Head of this Body, and that is Jesus
Christ. When you became a Christian, you did not join a church building
or a certain minister or movement–you joined Christ Himself.
The Church of Jesus Christ is very large across the earth. However,
God has a specific place for you within it. You can be assured that God
has not called you into His church without having a place that He has
already prepared for you. Ask God what you can do to serve Him. This is
an integral part of "growing up in God." God has a special place for you
in His body and he longs to use you to lead others to Him and serve His
people. He has a plan and purpose for your life. As you ask Him to lead
you, He will be faithful to do so.
2. Be baptized in water. This commandment
has caused some confusion and controversy in some circles within the
Church. However, if we look objectively at the Scripture, we see some
very clear precepts:
A. Baptism is to be done immediately or as soon as possible
upon the confession of faith.
"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said
unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall
we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost...Then they that gladly received his
word were baptized." (Acts 2:37-38, 41).
"And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and
the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.
And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both
into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him." (Acts
"And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord
with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and
were baptized" (Acts 18:8).
There are many other verses regarding baptism, but for the sake of
brevity we have just used a few of them. However, we can see that the
early church model for baptism was that it was to be done immediately
after confession of faith in Christ.
We can also see from these Scriptures that all those who were
baptized volunteered to do so. None were coerced and none were too young
to understand what was happening; therefore, baptizing babies is not
scriptural. Babies and small children may be dedicated to the Lord in
special services; however, this is not a baptism in water. In these
examples, baptism is a freewill decision made by those who are old
enough to understand what it means. A baptism that is not done out of
one’s own desire and decision to follow Christ means very little to the
B. A second point about baptism is that it is an immersion in
water. The word for "baptize" in Greek, is "baptizo." The word
means to immerse and to dip into water. And that is what happens to us
when we are baptized into Christ. Symbolically we go into the water
soiled and stained by sin. We come up out of the water clean and
radiant. Baptism demonstrates that we have "died" to our old life and
have been raised to a new one in Christ. Our sins, though they were
scarlet, have been washed whiter than snow. (Isaiah 1:18: "Come now,
and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like
crimson, they shall be as wool.")
The water is not anything–it is only a symbol–but the Lord often
gives us symbols to illustrate a spiritual truth. The best way to
partake of the spiritual promises of these symbols is to follow the
outward method in the manner by which they are set out in Scripture.
This honors the Lord and helps us to understand what we are really
doing. Like every other ordinance in scripture, baptism is a parable. As
we act it out in a physical manner, it becomes reality to our inner man.
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Pray everyday. Prayer is the ability to
communicate on a personal level with the Creator of the Universe. What
an amazing privilege and opportunity! God will hear the prayers of
anyone who calls on Him in sincerity and truth. However, once we believe
in Jesus, we are given special access to God the Father, Himself,
through the blood and Name of Jesus. This is a restoration of all that
man lost as a result of sin. Our sins have separated us from Him–but in
Christ not only is there forgiveness, but there is also restoration. In
Him we are a new creation.
When Jesus cried out from the cross, "It is finished!" the veil in
the Temple that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (where
the Presence of God dwelled) was supernaturally ripped from the top to
the bottom by God Himself! Now, through Christ, we have the awesome
privilege of coming before God Himself. We no longer have to go to Him
through a priest–now we can go to Him ourselves through the priestly
ministry of Jesus Christ! We no longer need to shrink back from God in
our sins–we can be cleansed through Christ and come before Him with a
clean conscience and confidence. Now, we no longer need to cry that God
does not speak to us–instead, we can speak with Him and tune our ears
expectantly to hear from Him.
How should we pray? Just speak to God from your heart. He already
knows your needs and worries and thoughts, but when we speak them to
Him, we are inviting Him to come into the midst of them and bring us the
answers that we need. We should daily ask God for His guidance and
wisdom and the power to lead the overcoming Christian life. Confess your
sins to Him quickly, and never fail to give Him thanks for all of His
blessings to you.
Reading the Psalms and other recorded prayers in the Bible is a good
way to learn how to pray. David and the other psalmists were very honest
before the Lord in their prayers, but through their prayers they always
found fresh hope and encouragement in the Lord. These prayers were
recorded in the Bible to speak to us today.
Prayer is a conversation. On earth, we never speak continually to
someone who never talks back. So it is with God. When we pray, we can
expect to hear back from Him. The main way that we can learn to hear the
voice of God, is by knowing Him! And the best way to know Him is
by studying His Word–the Bible. If you would like to study some of the
Bible verses about prayer, please visit our Prayer Room:
BibleResources.org Prayer Room
4. Read your Bible every day.
As we stated above, the best way to begin to know God is to read about
Him. Find out what He likes and what He doesn’t like. Find out how He
speaks and discover the desires in His heart. All of this is recorded in
If you are new to the Bible, we recommend that you begin in the New
Testament. You should read at least one of the four Gospels first,
either Matthew, Mark, Luke, and/or John.
Then begin to read other books in the New Testament. You can read them
in order if you would like, but it is not necessary. As you read, ask
God to make His word alive and real to you. Ask Him to speak to you
through His Word. Tell Him you want to know Jesus, and ask for the
spirit of revelation to rest upon you as you read. You can also ask God
for a hunger to read His Word, if you are having problems getting in to
it. Then, as the Holy Spirit directs you, begin to read the Old
Some of the books that are good to begin with in the Old Testament,
are Genesis and Exodus (two great history books), Psalms, Proverbs, and
Ecclesiastes. Of course, the Lord will show you where is best for you to
begin. These are just some suggestions of some of the books that were
easiest for us to read and absorb at first. A Study Bible with notes is
a very valuable tool when you are first beginning to read the Bible.
Don’t worry if you do not understand everything you read at first.
Ask the Lord to teach you by His Spirit, for that is the only way that
we can understand the Bible. Spirit speaks to spirit. The Holy Spirit
will illuminate those things that you need most to hear from Him at this
time. If you get confused, don’t give up. Find a good Bible study with
other Christians and continue to seek the Lord for understanding. He
will be faithful to feed you those words of life that will wash you and
strengthen you and encourage you.
Christ Unlimited Ministries offers a Bible Study Program that is
available for purchase or free scholarship download through this
website. Please visit this page for more information:
5. Ask for the Holy Spirit Baptism.
Another important "key" in our walk with God, is receiving the baptism
of the Holy Spirit. This experience is one that should immediately
follow conversion experience and baptism in water.
"John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with
water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am
not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with
fire" (Luke 3:16)
"And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they
should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the
Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized
with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days
hence. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth"
"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them
which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were
astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles
also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them
speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man
forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the
Holy Ghost as well as we?" (Acts 10:44-47).
Have you received this gift with evidence of speaking in other
tongues? If you haven't, ask God to baptize you in the Holy Spirit with
the evidence of speaking in tongues and other spiritual gifts to follow
(1 Corinthians 12:4-11). These spiritual gifts are supernatural
and are given to empower us as believers, and to minister to the world.
When you speak in tongues, you are praying over the most important
things that need prayer in your life. It is a powerful and important
link in your relationship with God. It will empower you to lead an
overcoming Christian life. You can receive this gift straight from the
Lord, or you can receive it through the laying on of hands from another
Christian who speaks in tongues.
For more information about the baptism in the Holy Spirit and
Speaking in Tongues, please visit this link:
6. Further Encouragement
God loves you dearly and has plans to use you for His glory. He wants
to use you to be a light to this dark world. Most of all though, He
wants you as His dear friend. He died for you, to restore you back to
relationship with the Father. Restored relationship with God is WHY
Jesus died on the cross. An intimate and faithful relationship with our
Lord is the goal of the Christian life–and all ministry should flow from
this place. As we keep our love for the Lord first in our heart, He will
also fill us with love for others.
Please know that you will face discouragement in your Christian walk
from time to time. Sometimes God will seem distant and confusing. Other
Christians may let you down, and you may be persecuted. You may be
tempted to return to the life that you left behind. These are normal
tribulations that all Christians experience. Don’t be discouraged or
give up--just keep moving forward, closer to God. Trust Him to carry you
when you are weak, and be honest with Him in your prayers. He knows your
heart anyway. You can’t keep secrets from Him so it is better to be very
open with Him. This will be a strength to your relationship with Him.
When we battle discouragement, it is also important to remember that
we need to resist Satan, who comes to accuse us! As we begin to draw
closer to God, we enter into a realm of spiritual warfare against the
evil god of this world. He will try to whisper lies of condemnation in
your ear. He will do everything he can to keep you from reading and
believing the Bible. How can we tell the difference between the voice of
God and the voice of the Accuser? God’s voice will come to correct us,
but there will be love and hope in His voice. When the Devil comes to
accuse us, his words only bring despair and loss of hope. Our God is a
loving Father, who corrects us because of His great love. The enemy only
wants to make us give up and feel that we are past the point of God’s
grace. He comes to alienate us from God. But the good news is, he is
powerless against the power of God. If you discern that the voice that
you have been hearing is not from the Lord, tell that voice to leave in
the name of Jesus! Ask God to help you hear His voice and to respond to
Him and obey Him.
"Submit yourselves therefore, to God. RESIST the devil and he will
flee from you" (James 4:7).
No matter what may come your way, we can promise you that if you
continue to walk with the Lord all the days of your life, you will
never regret it! He is the most priceless treasure in the entire
universe--the glory of a million suns cannot hold a candle to His
brilliance. He is everything you have ever wanted, and more. He is the
Lover of your soul–the only One who loves and understands you perfectly.
He cares about your destiny more than anyone else in the world. And He
is completely trustworthy!
It is with great joy and delight that we welcome you to the Family of
God! By the power of the Holy Spirit, we bless you in your new life and
we declare victory over you. May the will of God prosper in your life
and may you find your deepest delights in Him all the days of your life.
Truly, He is all in all! In closing, we join with the prayer of the
Apostle Paul for you:
"Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and
your love for Christians everywhere, I have never stopped thanking God
for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts
will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful
future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a
rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people. I pray that
you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for
us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ
from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand
in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or
power or leader or anything else in this world or in the world to come.
And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and he gave
him this authority for the benefit of the church. And the church is his
body; it is filled by Christ, who fills everything everywhere with his
presence. (Ephesians 1:15-23 NLT).
In His love,
Bud & Betty Miller
and all of us at Christ Unlimited Ministries