10 Things Every Christian Needs
How many of these do you have?
Although becoming a Christian is wonderful, being a Christian and living a believer's life is something else.
In this brief teaching I would like to encourage you into seeking more from the Lord in the way of your servanthood to Him. I have listed 10 Things Every Christian Needs that I believe are important in leading the life Christ intended for us as His children.
The first 5 are for self, that is, for personal enrichment and spiritual growth.
Looking at the second 5 things I mention, it is for the outward life in sharing your faith openly and without shame as a Christian. I hope that these will be a good source for you to draw on as you journey in this world for Jesus.
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Pick A Bible that Fits Your Need - Then study it.
#1 ~ A Bible
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
Every Christian should own their own Bible if possible. In some countries it is almost impossible for a Christian to even get a Bible to share with others, let alone own one for themselves.
Having a Bible is a precious gift that we often take for granted. Yet the Word of God instructs that we are to study His Word in order to grow in the knowledge of God. We have to read what God has said to His children if we are to gain wisdom for walking in the Spirit of the Lord.
How many Bibles do you own?
#2 ~ Bible Dictionary
A Bible Dictionary is not the same as a regular dictionary.
Because of the terminology used in the Bible, it is often difficult to grasp the meaning of a verse or passage. A Bible dictionary is not like an ordinary dictionary but uses terms from the period in which the passage was written and puts it in modern language for us to understand.
When students graduated from high school (in my church when I was a child), our pastor gave every graduate an Unger's Bible Dictionary. It is something I use to help me understand the Word of God.
Have you ever used a Bible Dictionary?
Bible Dictionaries for Personal Study
#3 ~ Concordance
What is a concordance anyway?
A concordance is not a dictionary, and not all Bibles come with one. Why is having a concordance important? It gives information that is not listed in the regular text. In some Bibles, the concordances list various things.
There are basic concordances all the way up to exhaustive study concordances, such as Strong's. In it you may find a list of specific words and information about the passage or word. They may also give you a list concerning certain words and where they can be found in the Bible.
For example, if I wanted to know where the word "creation" was mentioned in the Bible, I would look under "C" in the concordance (just like a dictionary). If the word is listed it may provide several passages as to where I can see the word used in the text. It may give me the meaning of the word and other helpful information. It all depends on the type of concordance you have.
If you have a concordance in the back of your Bible, it is only a small one. The Strongs Concordances list every word in the Bible, where they can be found and a brief definition of their original meaning in Hebrew or Greek.
Having a concordance can save you time when you want to cross reference a passage in the Bible, look at maps or learn specific things about a person or place mentioned in the Bible.
Sometimes you may know part of a phrase or verse, maybe only a word, but not remember where it is found in the Bible. A concordance (or electronic Bible with one) will help you locate that passage in seconds. If you know how to use a dictionary, you can use a concordance.
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Have you ever used a Bible Concordance?
Choosing the Right Concordance - Make sure your Concordance is the same version and translation as your Bible.
For example: If you have a NLT (New Living Translation) version of the Bible, you need a NLT concordance to match up with it.
#4 ~ Praise & Worship Songs
Singing to the Lord brings God on the scene.
“But Thou are Holy, O Thou that inhabits the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
“Sing unto the LORD a new song and His praise from the end of the earth, you that goes down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.” (Isaiah 42:10)
Having Christian music to play is an essential part of spiritual growth. The Bible tells us that God dwells among our praise and inhabits our praise and worship.
Singing songs in church or a special meeting is fine, but that doesn't keep God dwelling around you continually. We have to develop a praise and worship time in our own home, and privately if our relationship with Christ is to grow.
Keep the Spirit of the Lord active around you by staying in a fellowship through praise and worship.
Do you use praise/worship/Christian music in your home to worship God?
Songs of Worship & Praise - Make singing to God a part of your day.
#5 ~ Teaching CD's, DVD's & Audio Books
Do you listen to preachers and teachers of the gospel on tv, computer, dvd or on cd?
Roman 10:17 reads that "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Most churches and places of worship only hold a few services a week. So how are we to continually keep the Word of God going in our ears without hearing any teaching?
Unless you plan on reading the Bible out loud all the time, you won't have the hearing of the Word of God flooding your ears or soul. Having a variety of teachings on the Word of God to listen to throughout the week will help you in your Biblical studies. Your testimony will change as your faith grows.
Become more disciplined about your study time in the Bible. Have plenty of teaching tapes, CD's DVD's on various subjects. When you are being challenged in those areas by the devil, you will have the Word of God instructing you in what you need to do. What you had flowing in your ears will guide you through the battle.
Do you use DVD's or CD's in your Bible study time?
Visual Teaching - There are thousands of good teachers of the Word. Listen to what God is telling them and grow in wisdom.
#6 ~ Signs
Signs ares a visual reminder of the promises of God.
“And the LORD answered me (Habakkuk) and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tablets that he may run (go tell everyone) that
reads it (what you wrote).” (Habakkuk 2:2)
What do I mean when I say every Christian needs to have signs?
Have a visual reminder. I have signs and scripture all over my house. Some I have been given, others I have made or purchased. Signs serve several purposes.
First of all they are a witness to anyone who enters your home. They are a testimony of your faith, and a visual reminder of the promises of God.
The signs of scripture I have displayed in my home aren't to boast, but to serve a reminder to myself. Having the scripture I am blessed coming and blessed going by an exiting door lets people know there is a God who watches over them.
The Fruit of the Spirit passage in Galatians 5:22-23, and Ephesians 5:9 gives us a vision of what we are to look like to others as believers. If we follow these guidelines and do a spiritual check when we see them posted, we are more likely to observe those attributes of the Holy Spirit, rather than forgo them. Use visual reminders to keep you in check with your lifestyle and behavior.
Do you have scripture posted on your walls in your home?
Scripture Signs: Write them on the doorposts of your heart. - Display the Word of God for you to see as reminders of God's promises.
#7 ~ Tracts
Giving tracts is a "good thing."
“Withhold no good thing from them to whom it is due, when it is in the
power of your hand to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27)
Using tracts is vital for a Christian. I cannot stress how important it is to keep tracts with you all the time. Tracts can give a word of encouragement and hope when we don't know what to say.
Keep tracts in your home, so when you have a delivery you can hand the driver a cold bottle of water and a tract in the name of Jesus. You will be fulfilling scripture by giving a stranger a glass of water and sharing the gospel message as Jesus instructed us to do.
Have tracts in your vehicle and share one in a parking lot or at the gas pump. Pull out a tract and place a generous tip in it when leaving a restaurant. Leave some in the laundromat or at the doctor's office. See my article on using tracts. You may be surprised at how you can use tracts effectively.
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Do you keep tracts on hand? Home, work, vehicle, purse/wallet.
Have you read my article on Using Tracts?
Gospel Tracts & Scripture Bookmarkers - Always be prepared to share the good news of Jesus.
Give bookmakers in cards, tie them to gifts or just hand one to someone as encouragement.
#8 ~ Extra Bibles
How did you get your first Bible? Did someone give you one?
“Withhold no good thing from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27)
Somewhere along the line a Bible was given, and the knowledge of it has made its way to you.
A Christian's service to the Lord includes getting the Word of God into the hands of unbelievers. By keeping an extra Bible on hand whether it is in your home, work or car, you are prepared to be used by God if someone is in need of having a copy of God's written Word.
I have kept extra Bibles in my home and vehicle for many years. It makes me feel good when God can use me to give a Bible away, because I was prepared.
Do you have an extra Bible you could give away if someone needed one?
#9 ~ Extra Cash
Have you ever given a total stranger money for something?
“Withhold no good thing from them to whom it is due, when it is in the
power of your hand to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27)
I'm using this same passage of scripture again, because it relates to almost everything we do and applies to all we possess.
With the economy being so unstable it may be difficult to keep extra cash on hand, but setting aside a few dollars isn't hard if you really try.
I keep one dollar bills in my wallet in a special section so I won't use it for anything else. This money is used for catching a child doing a good deed or kindness. When I observe this Godlike behavior I want to reward it as seed into the child's life.
In response to the child's behavior without a parent's prompting, I ask the parent if it would be alright to bless the child for the kind deed in the name of Jesus. Here is an example of what I mean.
A little girl and her mother had left the grocery store. She offered to take the cart back to the cart storage area. After she returned their cart, she fixed the carts in the area and gathered the ones that people left outside the proper place for the carts. She cleaned up the area and made it easier for those who would park in the handicapped spot. Her mother was in the car and didn't see anything, but I saw it all and so did God. I wanted her mother to know openly that her child did a "Christ-like" thing and I felt it should be rewarded. With the mother's permission I gave the girl $1.00 and a tract.
Use a few dollars at the checkout when you see a person only has a few items. Offer to pay for them by saying something like, "Would you mind if I bless you today in the name of Jesus?"
There are stores where you have to put a coin in for a cart. Instead of returning your cart to get back your coin, give your cart to someone else or give them the coin. Bless others so that you will be blessed to be a blessing.
Keeping extra cash in your wallet to do something in the name of the Lord speaks volumes and is witness that you are a child of God's.
Have you ever given someone you don't know cash?
#10 ~ An Answer
Do you know what to say?
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always (prepared) to give an answer to every man that asks you the reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (from 1 Peter 3:15)
If someone asked you a question about the Bible, would you be able to give them an answer?
Giving an answer, the right answer is what God is referring to when He instructs us to be prepared with an answer that lines up with His Word. This is why it is so important that a Christian studies and has the tools they need to grow in knowledge, wisdom and understanding concerning the things of God.
But what if you don't know the answer to a question? What should you do? Be open and honest about it. Tell the person you don't have the answer at that moment, but you will lead them to someone who does know it, or you will find it out for yourself.
In the meantime, you do have an answer to share and that is your testimony. Give an answer about how you came to the saving knowledge of Christ. Who told you about the Lord? Why did you want to receive Christ as your Savior anyway? What has it done for you and how has becoming a Christian changed your life?
See, you do have an answer - about you! Always be prepared as to why you are a Christian.
Have these suggestions helped you in being more prepared as a Christian?
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