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 GROWING WITH GOD

Tied To Jesus.Here are five ways to make your relationship with God stronger. By putting these five tools into action, you will not only please God, but build up your faith in God at the same time.

READ  THE BIBLE

How can we really know who God is? It's only by reading the Bible.

In this age of information, it is easy to be confused by the amount of data that bombards us everyday. However, the Bible is unique in that it is God's message to mankind–a message that never changes.

The Bible has the answers for all our questions and it offers hope in times of hopelessness. It tells us of our origin and of our eternal destiny. Most importantly, it tells us about Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17) In other words, if you want your faith to grow and mature, read the Bible on a consistent basis.
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Online Bible Go | Watch Jesus Movie Go | The Bible Is True Go

 TALK TO GOD

TALK TO GOD

Prayer is simply talking to God from your heart. Your prayers don't have to sound "religious" and you don't have to use "Christian-sounding" words. God wants to hear from the real you and He wants to hear your deepest concerns and needs. Prayer is mainly a time for us to thank the Lord and to praise Him for the great things He has done in our lives.

Prayer is also a time for us to confess our sins to God. When you sin, don't beat yourself up and condemn yourself but go directly to God and confess your sins in prayer. God will be "faithful and just" to forgive you. Look at I John 1:8-10 and underline these scriptures in your Bible.
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 HANG OUT WITH OTHERS
BE WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS

Now that you have entered into God's family, you need to spend time with other Christians. It's a good idea to develop friendships with people who have been walking with God for a long time so you can learn from everything God has shown them over the years. Likewise, as you grow and mature in the Lord, there will be others who begin to learn from your example. That's what church is all about–God's people helping each other to grow.

We would love to help you find a Bible-believing church in your area. Call us at 619-683-PRAY or email us here -> email us with your street address, city and state.

 TELL OTHERS
TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS

Chances are, before you gave your life to Jesus, someone close to you or even someone you had never met before told you about Jesus Christ. Always remember that God doesn't want you to be a "secret Christian"–He wants you to share your new life with all of your family and friends.

Jesus said, "You are the light of the world–like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:14-16)

 GO PUBLIC

MAKE YOUR DECISION PUBLIC

It's important to make your decision public. One way to do this is to be baptized in water. Baptism is an outward expression of what the Lord has done on the inside. Going under the water symbolizes dying to your old way of life and coming up out of the water symbolizes being raised as a new person. It is not the act of baptism which cleanses you of your sins. Jesus said, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16)

Notice that it is not the lack of baptism which brings condemnation but unbelief. However, Jesus is commanding us to be baptized and we should be careful to obey everything that God asks of us. 

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