If you’ve recently given your life to Jesus Christ, the Bible says you are a new creation. You have been born-again. Just as a newborn baby comes into the world and needs nourishment to thrive, such is the case with your spiritual birth—you need spiritual sustenance. The following four steps will help you establish a lifestyle that allows Jesus to guide and direct your new life in Him. As you take time to do these four things, God's plan for you will begin to unfold. Congratulations on the best decision you could ever make. You will find that being a Christian is an awesome experience.
Prayer is the biblical word for talking to God. Prayer is communication between you (a child of God) and your heavenly Father (God). Prayer does not have to be in King James English in order for God to understand you (“Father, thou hast madest me a blessed man.”). No, God created you as you are, and He wants to spend time communicating with you, His child. Go ahead and thank Him for the beautiful day. Ask Him for guidance in difficult circumstances. Most important, ask Him to give you strength and wisdom to live a life that pleases Him. As you open your Bible each day, ask Jesus to open your eyes and heart to see and hear what His Spirit says to you.
Scriptures to read: 1 Thessalonians 5:17–18; Philippians 4:6–7; Psalm 34:1–8; Luke 18:1; Hebrews 4:16
The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV): . . . as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word [the Bible], that you may grow thereby . . . . How would you feel if you had not eaten anything for three days? You would feel like passing out! With spiritual nourishment, the principle is the same. When you go three days without reading the Bible and spending time with Jesus, you are spiritually starving. But when you spend time with Jesus daily, you will be satisfied spiritually. Before going to sleep each night, ask yourself, "Did I learn something new about Jesus today? What promise did Jesus reveal to me today? How have I become more like Jesus today?"
Scriptures to read: 2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 1:1–3; Psalm 119:9–16; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12
Fellowship is just a fancy word that simply means to hang around or interact with other Christians. To illustrate this, let's picture a barbecue with red, glowing charcoal briquettes. If you reach in with tongs and remove one of those little briquettes, setting it apart from the others, what will happen? It will go out! It will get cold! But if you take that same briquette and place it back into the fire with the others, what will happen? Once again, it will take on the same characteristics of the other briquettes. So it is with the Christian walk. If you surround yourself with other Christians and begin to share and pray together, you will not grow "cold" in your walk with Christ.
Scriptures to read: Acts 2:42–47; Philippians 2:1–4; Ephesians 5:19–21; 1 John 1:5–7; Hebrews 10:24–25
Ministry is a place of service in the church body. As you have become a portion of the body, there is a function that God has enabled you to perform that will ultimately meet the need of someone else. As you (by faith) extend your service to help the growth of the church through the yielding of your gifts and talents, the Holy Spirit will also mature you in Christ. Remember as you serve others you are serving God.
Scriptures to read: Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10; Joshua 22:5; 1 Samuel 12:24; Mark 10:45; James 2:14-26.