First Steps

As a new believer in Jesus Christ, you have just made the most important commitment a person can make in life. As a result of receiving Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you have experienced what the Bible calls "the new birth" or being "born again."

In your physical life, you entered the world as a baby and then grew to maturity. The same is true in your spiritual experience. Now that you have experienced a spiritual birth, you need to grow into a mature follower of Jesus (read 1 Peter 2:2).

Just as an infant needs help to grow physically, a new believer needs help to grow spiritually. It is our desire to assist you in growing spiritually. 

Seven Bible lessons are included below. We encourage you to take the time and complete all of them. Ask God to give you strength to continue and complete the study.  See "How to Use These Lessons" at the bottom of this page.

You might want to pray a prayer similar to this one:  “Dear God, I know I am going to need Your help in working through these lessons and understanding what You are trying to teach me. I want to grow spiritually. Help me be faithful in completing them. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.”

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Step 1, Be sure of your salvation

 God wants you to know for sure that you have eternal life. Eternal life is not based on your feelings, but on the facts found in the Bible. 

Step 2, Publicly declare your new faith

 Most churches provide opportunities, at the conclusion of the worship services, for people to make public their commitments to Jesus. If you have not publicly declared your faith, you should do so at the next public worship service you attend. Upon making this commitment, you should be baptized. 

Step 3, Learn to pray

  The best way to get to know someone is to talk with that person often. God longs for you to know Him. The Bible is full of invitations to enter into a deep, personal  prayer relationship with God the Father. 

Step 4, Learn to study your bible

  God wants an intimate, personal relationship with you. You are not just an acquaintance or a distant relative—you are His child. This relationship can be strengthened by studying the Bible—His revelation to you. 

Step 5, Be faithful to a local church

 A church is a group of baptized believers voluntarily joining for instruction, fellowship, worship, and service. The word church means “called out ones.” The church is made up of people who have been called out to follow Jesus. The term church is used to refer to all believers but is more often used to denote a local group of believers. 

Step 6, Trust Jesus to direct your life

  Now that you have received eternal life, Jesus wants to guide you daily in your new spiritual adventure. It is important to realize that He should do more than just reside in your life. He should be the Lord of all of your life. Confessing Jesus as the Lord of your life means that you trust Him to direct your life.  

Step 7, Share Jesus with others

  People love to share good news. We announce marriages and births. When something good happens, we rush to tell someone. The more exciting the news, the harder it is to be silent. A Christian has the most exciting news—the life-changing news of eternal life. It is natural for a Christian to want to share this good news.  

How to use these lessons

1. Secure an easy-to-read Bible to use with your study. Also, keep a pencil or pen handy for notes and to answer the questions. We recommend that you download each individual lesson in pdf format, print them out and assemble into a notebook.

2. Choose a convenient time and place to have your daily study (e.g., before breakfast in the kitchen.) Whatever works best for you right now.

3. The purpose of these lessons is to help you discover the truth in Scripture. Read the questions carefully, turn to the Scripture references, and read them.

4. Think about the answers and write them down. Remember, there are no trick questions. This is strictly a personal learning tool.

(First Steps lessons are adapted from "Beginning Steps, A Growth Guide for New Believers,  ©1993, North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Alpharetta, Georgia)