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4 Resources to Help New Christians Grow Their Faith
A new faith journey begins when men and women surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. Here are four resources to help new Christians grow their faith.
A New Journey Begins
A new journey begins for men and women who surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. The Bible is the ultimate road map for new beginnings. Other resources, however, can help new believers with their many questions about God, the Bible, and Christian living.
Here are four resources to help new Christians grow their faith. The books are easy to read and understand. Perfect for new believers, Christian teens, college students, and even those who are mature in the faith, they point people in the right direction as they enter the next stage of their life journey.
1. START: The Bible
START: The Bible for New Believers is a good place to start the faith journey. With articles and notes from Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship (Riverside, California), START points new believers in the right direction.
While the book is designed for new Christians, it is also useful for mature believers who want to learn more about their faith. Articles and devotions focus on basic discipleship including prayer, Bible study, and church involvement.
Laurie introduces core themes at the basic levels of theology, in simple language than anyone can understand. Special features include "Grow" entries, "Know" articles, "Live" messages, and "Learn" notes. The book also has a topical index of Scripture verses and articles.
2. New Christian's Handbook
New Christian's Handbook: Everything Believers Need to Know is a guide to the who, what, where, why, and how of Christianity.
New believers have many questions about God, the Bible, and Christian living, and this book provides the answers in simple, understandable language.
Written by Max Anders, the senior pastor of Castleview Baptist Church (Indianapolis, Indiana), this handbook grounds new believers in their faith.
Easy-to-read chapters deepen the reader's understanding of core biblical doctrines. They also provide practical applications that believers can use in their everyday lives. People who are new to the faith gain a better understanding of salvation, the Trinity, the Bible, and the spiritual world. Mature Christians can learn something, too.
3. Being a Child of God
Being a Child of God: Your Guide for the Adventure takes a fresh approach to the basics of Christianity. Written for new and mature believers alike, it is an excellent primer on Christian living.
The author is Warren Wiersbe, one of the most respected Bible teachers in evangelical Christianity. His writings and ministries, including "Back to the Bible," have proclaimed the gospel for more than 40 years.
This resource helps new Christians grow their faith as they study the Bible, learn about God, and progress toward Christian maturity. The easy-to-understand presentation and format make it ideal for Sunday School classes, group Bible studies, and personal devotions.
4. God's Word in Action
According to God's Word, the Bible, believers are to "vindicate the weak and fatherless" and "do justice to the afflicted and destitute" (Psalm 82:3, NASB).
Said another way, believers are to "stand up for the poor and the orphan" and "advocate for the rights of the afflicted and those in need" (Psalm 82:3, The Voice).
Thomas Nelson Bibles want to put God's Word in Action. In support of World Vision, the Christian publishing house is helping to eradicate poverty, hunger, and death among the world's children. When Christians purchase a Thomas Nelson Bible, they contribute to the cause. A percentage of each Bible purchase helps a needy child through World Vision.
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© 2013 Annette R. Smith