Steps For a Follower of Christ

  1. Trust Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ said, "He that believeth in me hath everlasting life." When you prayed to receive Jesus into your heart, you believed or trusted in Him. Jesus said you have everlasting life because of your belief. Everlasting life began the moment you believed and will never end. Jesus Christ entered your heart at the moment you believed and you are now a child of God: "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 6:47, John 1:12)

  1. Confess Jesus before men. Jesus asked those who followed him to do so publicly. A follower cannot be ashamed of this leader. Paul, a follower of Jesus, said "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ." At the end of many services in a Baptist church, the pastor will extend an invitation and ask those who desire to confess Christ publicly to do so; this is what the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in Heaven." (Romans 1:16, Matthew 10:32)

  1. Read the word of God. A new believer in Christ will find their greatest joy and spiritual growth by spending time with Jesus in God's Word, the Bible, God's Word tells us in 2 Timothy 2:14-16 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." You will grow best through Bible reading and daily prayer. I encourage you to begin reading the Bible in the New Testament book of John (called the Gospel of John). As you become involved in a church, devotional Bible readings will be available to you through your church and you can continue your growth through Bible study there (you can begin reading the Gospel of John now, click on this link and type in "JOHN 1" in the "Passage" window and that chapter of God's Word will open on your screen. You can read the entire Bible here if you would like).

  1. Follow the example of Jesus and be baptized. Baptism is symbolic of what Christ has done in your life. A wedding ring does not marry a person, it only indicates that a person is married. Baptism does not bring Jesus into your heart but is only an act which shows that you are now a follower of Jesus. The Bible confirms this, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." (Acts 8:12)

  1. Join a local church. the Bible gives an example of new followers joining a church in , "Then they that gladly received His word were baptized; and the same day there were added to them the church about three thousand souls." The church is a group of Christians who gather to praise and worship God, to pray, to study the Bible, to fellowship, and to prepare to witness. Local Baptist churches welcome followers of Christ to join with them. (Acts 2:41)