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I am a New Believer!

Gone swimming on a hot summer's day

Some astonishing things have happened on your behalf!

You have been freely given citizenship in heaven!

If anything should happen to you, you'll just pull out your "other" passport and be with God

What do I do now????????

Our security is in God
Our security is in God and His Word

Read the Bible! (Basic Information Before Leaving Earth)

The Gospel of Mark is short.

The Gospel of John speaks of Jesus being the Creator.

The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of Jesus' birth.

The Gospel of Luke is part one; Acts of the Apostles is part two.

(You can change the version or the language)

When I first became a Christian, I didn't even know I had become a Christian. All I knew was in a moment I was filled with and surrounded by LOVE! Each morning I read the New Testament for 2 hours and then I went to class. After 21 days, I realized, this must be what Billy Graham was talking about. I must have become a Christian! That's how smart I was! As I read the New Testament, a voice inside me kept saying, "This is true, Jesus is God." I understand now that this was the Holy Spirit. One day it occurred to me, since I now knew Jesus as God, and he was telling the truth about himself, everything else he said must also be true. It was a liberating and a scary thought, as I realized the condition of people who never meet him. This is probably why I organize my life around proclaiming the Good News, the radically Good News, that we have a problem, Houston, but it's already been solved!

Get baptized!

Why? Jesus did. (Luke 3:21) Jesus said to. (Matthew 28:16-20) God sees you obey him. You experience obeying God. You get used to saying you belong to Jesus. You have become open with people you know that you have become a follower of Jesus from your heart. (If you are in a dangerous situation, perhaps you can get very wet and tell the Lord in your heart, you are being baptized and then later, when it is safer, get baptized publicly, if the opportunity arrives. God understands.)

I became a Christian in April of 1968. I was baptized in Bermuda while on the first Campus Crusade for Christ spring break outreach there in 1971. I stayed in the assistant pastor's home of a church there. He asked me if I'd ever been baptized. I said I was as a baby. I learned for the first time I needed to be baptized publicly as a thinking adult. I was baptized by being pushed straight down into the water. At first I pushed against the hand pushing me down. Then I remembered I was getting baptized and I let go. I got re-baptized in July 2001. Our church was having baptisms in a swimming pool at one member's home. The pastor in the water said, "Is there anyone else who wants to be baptized?" All of a sudden I knew the Lord wanted me to submit to him even if it meant I was going to be killed. I raised my hand. The pastor was not recognizing my raised hand because he knows I am already a Christian a long time. But it was the Lord so I got into the pool. This was July 29th, just a few weeks before September 11th. I died again to this world in that pool in that moment.
When I think of baptism, I think of Romans 6:4-5: "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. (Amplified Bible)

Get ready for some changes!

Some things are going to leave. Loneliness, you're now in a big family, the family of God. Some things are going to come. Peace. You have made your peace with God through the Prince of Peace. Some of your friends and relatives will be so happy. Some of your friends and relatives will think you are going through a "phase" and will be curious when they discover it's permanent. Some of your friends and relatives will join you, either now or in 10 years. There will be some things you don't want to do anymore. God is living inside of you now and you're feeling him. If you don't feel anything, don't worry at all. You may have become numb due to many factors, some of that may need to wear off first. Satan, who hates God, now hates you. I can save you a lot of time. He pulls the same trick on everyone. He will tell you that you are unworthy. Yes, you are unworthy, but Christ has made you worthy. He will tell you that when you do something wrong, that you have lost your salvation. You just say this, "Satan, Jesus said that no one, not even you can snatch me out of his hand. I resist you in the name of Jesus and you must flee." Then you say to God, "I am sorry I did "X;" Please forgive me." He promised if we confess our sins, he will be faithful and just to forgive our sins. (I John 1:9)

He is probably not going to send you to Africa today if ever. If he does, there's probably something awaiting you in Africa that is so wonderful, you'll thank him for it over and over. So just enjoy your new life in Christ!

Find fellowship with Bible-believing Christians

This may not be easy. I advise calling the 700 Club at 1 800 700 7000 and asking them for a church they recommend where you live. If you are overseas, ask God. If he leads you to a home Bible study, this is fine. If things just don't seem right at a church, leave. You can avoid much hurt by being ready to move on if the Bible and the living God aren't appreciated.

After "I Believe" - a helpful book to purchase

Read The Purpose Driven Life

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