For New Believers
First of all, we are all excited about the decision you've made. More importantly, God is excited! And now it's His desire that you get to know Him better. Yes, God wants to have a growing and vibrant personal relationship with all who come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Next Steps In Growing Your Faith
Attend worship services like the ones at New Day, regularly. When you come, you will receive excellent teaching that will help you know what God is like, what He wants to do in your life, and what His purpose is for your life.
Talk to God every day. Tell Him how you are feeling; what questions you need answers to; what your hurts and needs are; and ask Him for wisdom and direction for decisions you need to make at home or at work. God loves to listen to and answer the prayers of His children. And believe me, you'll begin to sense and notice those answers coming. God is very personable and communicative, and you'll experience that as you begin to "dial in" on how He speaks to us.
Hang out with other Christians. Being with other followers of Jesus on a regular basis encourages us to stay strong in the decision we've made to live for God. Being with other Christians also gives us opportunities to ask questions about God that those who have known Him longer will likely be able to answer. You will find this to be a great help in your efforts to grow closer with God.
Read a little bit from God's book - The Bible - everyday. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, and since most of us do not know those languages, we need to read from an English translation. There are many to choose from! We suggest one of the following translations:
- New International Version
- New Living Translation
Each of these translations are excellent and easy to read. And you can purchase them at any Christian bookstore or online.
When you get your Bible, look in the front for the Table of Contents. Then under the heading called "The New Testament" look for the page number for the book of John. It will be the fourth book listed under New Testament.
We suggest that you read the book of John first because it's all about the life of Jesus. And this will definitely help you to get to know God and his Son better.
Make plans to be baptized as soon as possible. Jesus directs all who become His followers to be baptized in His name. We understand that you may not be very familiar with what baptism is all about or what it means, so there are CDs of a message that Pastor Ed preached on the topic that will answer any questions that you might have. They are free and available at the Information Desk. Please feel free to take one.
Other courses that teach on the "Basics of the Christian Faith", or that teach on different topics of interest, are also offered on a regular basis. All such classes are advertised weeks in advance so that you can take advantage of them.
Join a Small Group. At New Day we have a number of ongoing small Bible study groups that meet on different nights of the week (usually in a member's home). Those who become part of such a group tend to spiritually grow in leaps and bounds. Studying a book of the Bible, or a Bible topic, with other growing Christians not only accelerates spiritual growth, but it's fun, and great new friendships are often developed.