Accepting Christ as your personal savior marks the beginning of your new life. The Bible tells us so, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
After accepting Christ, don’t be surprised if your “cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:5) with emotions. You’ll feel a lightness of Being. Buoyant. Like you could bounce from here to there and somewhere else, your feet never touching the ground.
You’ll likely wonder what to do after accepting Christ. This is good and natural. Accepting Christ is one thing. Now, it’s time to walk the talk.
Note: As a new (or not so new) believer, it’s easy to overwhelm yourself. Be mindful, you still have a job, family and social life. Strive for balance, as you develop a Christ-centered life.
God’s House, Your Forever-Family and Getting Baptized
I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’. – Psalm 122:1
Here are three essential must-dos, after accepting Christ: search for your church home, forever-family and get baptized. Jesus was a regular churchgoer. Can we afford to be less?
Of course, a church, in essence, is just a building. But, it is a building where genuine believers go to worship God, study the Bible, listen to the Word and inspire each other. Keep searching until you find a church home, which is a good fit for you.
The church building does contain your potential forever-family, including the people and pastor. Notice your first impressions. As a visitor, were you greeted with a smile and words of welcome?
How about the sermons? Does the Bible form the foundation of sermons? Do the sermons foster your spiritual growth? Do you feel enlightened afterward?
Does the church family regularly meet for Bible study? Do they practice social fellowship, e.g. lunch following service, Wednesday night spaghetti?
How do members do godly work in the local community? The world?
After attending 3-4 services at a church that feels “right”, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment for a question and answer session with the pastor. Take a list of questions, such as: What is the church’s doctrinal statement? What methods do you use to nurture your member’s spiritual growth? What significant accomplishments did the church make in the past year?
Until you feel a certainty in your heart that you are in the right church, continue to take advantage of your visitor status. Even after you ‘join’ a church, you decide when you want to get baptized.
Baptism is all about becoming. It is your outward expression of faith. It is a cultivation of your many efforts – intense Bible study, hours of knee-time. Baptism leads toward a non-sugarcoated life.
You get baptized because Jesus was baptized left directives to his disciples to keep baptizing. You get baptized into a ‘believers only’ club.
Study the Scriptures
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
After accepting Christ and getting Baptized, it’s time to practice serious Bible Study. Composed of 66 books for your reading pleasure, where do you begin? Since the Bible was not written in chronological order, start with the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. Experts suggest reading the Gospel of John first to learn more about Jesus.
Start now to develop the habit of daily prayer. After accepting Christ, he wants you to keep him in the loop.