Now that I've accepted Christ as my personal Savior, what's next?
1. As a new Christian, the first thing you need to do is to make your profession public and be baptized.
This is the first commandment that Jesus gives to Christian. It lets other know what Jesus's done it your life. By identifying with Christ, he promises that He too will identify with us before God as Matthew 10:32 says, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father which is in heaven.”
After you’ve made your testimony public, the next step is to be baptized. While being baptized does not save you, it is a picture of what Christ has done in your heart and life. Romans 6:4-5: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” This passage of Scripture describes what took place when you trusted Christ: you were immersed into His salvation. When you are scripturally baptized (by immersion in water) you give an outward picture of what Christ did for you: buried in the likeness of His death, risen to walk in newness of life.
2. You need to regularly attend a Local, Bible Believing Church.
Hebrews 10: 25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” This verse tells us that it is important to form a habit of attending church every time the doors are open. It’s would be like starting out on a trip to an unfamiliar place without directions or a map. Without either, you are guaranteed to become lost and discouraged. The same goes for the Christian life. Church is a great place to receive direction from God, through the preaching of his Word, as well as be encouraged by other Christians. Without attending church, you are starting on your Christian journey without anything to point you in the right direction, and it will be extremely easy for the Devil to discourage you and get you to quit.
3. You need to read your Bible daily.
Reading the Bible allows God to speak to us through His Word. Romans 15:4 says that, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” God inspired men to write His Word so that we could learn about Him as well as His will for our lives. We are commanded in 2 Timothy 2:15 to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” By reading our Bible daily, we not only learn about him but will be able to tell others about Him as well.
We suggest that if you do not already have a daily Bible reading schedule that you follow this one: Reading a chapter per day in I John. Once you finish reading I John, then start reading in the gospel of Matthew (three chapters a day), and continue until you finish Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
4. You need to have a regular time where you pray.
Praying is how we talk to God. God will hear the prayers of His children. That is why it is so important to have a daily time where you can go to God in prayer. Your prayer time is where you can bring your concerns, needs, etc to God. Matthew 7:11 says,“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” This verse means that if a child asked his earthly father for something, it is every likely that the father would give it to his child. Likewise our Heavenly Father, who owns everything, wants to meet our needs if we bring them to Him.
1 John 5:14 says that, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hearth us.” However, we need to make sure that when we pray to Him that we first confess our sins and shortcomings or He will not hear our prayers. Then we are able to talk to the Lord about our needs, concerns, guidance in certain situations, and give Him thanks for answers to prayers.
5. Lastly, you need to tell other about what Christ has done for you.
The first step is to study and memorize verses that show a person how to be saved.
A simple way to share the Gospel is to share your testimony with others and John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Other verses that you can memorize are the Romans Road:
Romans 3:10 -12, Romans 3:23 - Shows people that they are sinners
Romans 6:23, Romans 5:12 – The payment for sin is death
Romans 5:8 – This shows that there is hope because Jesus Christ died for us.
Romans 10:9-10, 13 – Shows that those who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior shall be saved.
As you study, you’ll be able to add verses to this, but this is a good outline to get started sharing your faith.