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What should life look like for the individual who puts their faith in Jesus Christ? Should it impact your day to day life, and if so, how? This brief article is intended to look at what a new believer should be doing.

Water Baptism

The model given us in the Scriptures is that directly following repentance and faith, the new believer is to be baptized in water. This is a ceremony, or sacrament, we perform as a way to publicly testify to our new relationship with Christ. As you can see from Paul's writing, water baptism is a symbol of the death and resurrection of Jesus: "We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4 ESV)

You may here some who claim that baptism is a necessary for someone to be saved - this is false and plainly contradicts the teachings of Scripture that we are saved by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Read your Bible daily

The Scriptures are the primary way for us to hear from God; they contain everything we need to know. As Paul wrote, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV). If you don't have a Bible, get one - if you can't get a hold of one for some reason, email us and will help make sure you get one.

If you are confused about the choice of English translations out there (and it's hard not to be!), I recommend the English Standard Version (ESV). This is a clear and accurate modern translation; this is the version I've chosen for my primary Bible.

Pray

While reading the Bible is the primary way for God to communicate with us, prayer is our mode of communication with him. Does God need us to tell him our wants, needs, frustrations and pain so he can know about them? Of course not. However it is plainly communicated that God does want us to talk to him, similar to the way I want my children to tell me about their day even if I have already learned the details from my wife.

As you read the Gospels, you will see this modelled very strongly by Jesus during his earthly ministry. Prayer was not only something he taught about (e.g Matthew 6:6-15), but something that was a vital part of his daily life (e.g. Mark 1:35). It is through Jesus that we now have direct access to God the Father; Jesus is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).

Attend a Bible-believing church

It is critical to be connected with other believers in a local fellowship as exhorted to by the author of Hebrews: "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV).

Unfortunately, choosing a church can be a daunting task. The church in your neighbourhood is as likely to deny central Christian doctrine as it is to uphold it. To assist you in this search, one article I found helpful is titled simply How to Choose a Church by Gregory Koukl.

That said, being a part of the local assembly is more than just showing up for the Sunday sermon. Which brings us to the next point ...

Serve God and the church with the gifts you've been given

The human body is used as an analogy in Scripture for the local church (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). The individual Christians within the church are the various body parts - some are hands, some eyes, some are hidden, some are visible. The point to the analogy however is that the body only functions when all parts are fulfilling their function.

You have a vital role to play in your church. While it may take some work and experimentation to find out exactly what it is, the bottom line is that the body can only be healthy when all of its parts are working together.

Other questions?

Finally, please feel free to email us if you have any questions you think we may be able to help with.

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