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New Believers

New Believers – Salvation and Baptism 

Congratulations!!! You have just made the most important commitment a person can make in life. As a result of receiving Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you have experienced what the Bible calls a new birth. In your physical life, you entered the world as a baby and then grew to maturity. The same is true in your spiritual experience. Now that you have experienced a spiritual birth, you need to grow into a mature follower of Jesus (1 Peter 2:2).


Just as an infant needs help to grow physically, a new believer needs help to grow spiritually. It is our desire to assist you in growing spiritually.


This book will help you get started in your spiritual growth. Seven brief Bible studies are included so you can complete one each day. It is important to complete all seven. Beware: Satan will seek to halt your daily study. Ask God to give you strength to continue and completed the study. You might want to pray a prayer like one below.


“Dear God. I know I am going to need Your help in working through this booklet and understanding what You are trying to teach me. I want to grow spiritually. Help me be faithful in completing this booklet. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.”


  • Scripture references are located by chapter and verse. For example: 1 Peter 2:2 means that first book of Peter, chapter two, verse two)

Be Sure of Your Salvation



God wants you to know for sure that you have eternal life. Eternal life is not based on your feelings, but on the facts found in the Bible.







Your Assurance Is Based on the Word of God. The Bible states in John 3:16 and 1 John 5:11-13 that God wants you to know that you have eternal life. Read the verses and underline them in your Bible.


What is Salvation? 

Salvation is our free gift from God through Jesus Christ; Lord and Savior. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) You are free to choose between two masters, but you are not free to adjust the consequences of your choice. Each of the two masters pays with his own kind of currency. The currency of sin is eternal death. This is all you can expect or hope for in life without God. Christ’s currency is eternal life – new life with God that begins on earth and continues forever with God.

How do we know that we have Salvation?

Our assurance is based on the promise of God. “That if thou shalt confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9) and “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that hearth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life. Verily, Verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” (John 5:24-25)

Your Assurance Is Based on the Promise of God.  What are the promises found in the following two verses?


“That if you _____________ with you mouth, Jesus is Lord and __________ in your heart that God raised him from the dead, ___________   ____________  ______________  _____________________.” (Romans 10:9)  “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my __________ and _______________ him who sent me has __________________ _____________and will not be ______________________.” (John 5:24)


Your Assurance Is Based on the Character of God. A promise is only as reliable as the person who makes it. That is why the assurance of your salvation rests on God’s character. What do these verses teach about His character?


“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is ___________.” (1 Corinthians 1:9).  


“The one who calls you is ___________ and he will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)


“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is _____________.” (Hebrews 10:23).


The Bible teaches that God is faithful (reliable, steadfast, trustworthy, and stable). You can believe the promise because you know the Promisor. God, your loving Father, is absolutely faithful. Nothing will change His mind about your salvation. Nothing will separate you from His love. Your relationship to God through Jesus is secure.


  • What does God’s Word say about the security of your salvation? READ Romans 8:38-39. Can any circumstance separate you from God?


When do we receive Everlasting Life?

Everlasting Life – living forever with God – begins when you accept Jesus Christ as Savior. At that moment, new life begins in you. It is a completed transaction. You still face physical death, but when Christ returns again, your body will be resurrected to live forever.



Your Assurance Is Based on the Spirit of God.

To further assure you of your salvation, God has sent living, daily proof of your relationship. As an official seal is placed on a contract between two individuals to guarantee the contract’s validity, so God has given a seal (guarantee) of His promise to you.

  • Read Ephesians 1:13-14. What is the seal given by God as a guarantee of His promise?


The Holy Spirit at work within you is indisputable proof of your salvation. The Holy Spirit’s work in your life will bring changes. Some changes will be gradual; some will be instant. The inward and outward changes that result are final proof of your salvation.



Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and fill in the missing words.


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a ________________________; the old has ___________, the new has ___________________!”


Do we do anything differently when we take on a new body?

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Christians are brand new people on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives them new life, and they are not the same anymore. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  (John 3:3) We are not reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated – we are new creatures, living union with Christ. We are BEGINNING a new life under a new MASTER. God brings us back to himself by blotting out our sins and making us righteous. We are no longer strangers, foreigners, or enemies to God when we trust in Christ. The Kingdom is personal, not national or ethnic, and it entrance requirements are repentance and spiritual rebirth.


What changes have you seen in your life since you committed it to Jesus Christ?








Therefore, your assurance is based on:



  1. The ____________________ of God.
  2. The ____________________ of God.
  3. The ____________________ of God.
  4. The ____________________ of God.
Why should we be Baptized? 

Why should we be Baptized? 



Most Baptist churches provide opportunities, at the conclusion of the worship services, for people to make public their commitments to Jesus. If you have not declared publicly your faith, you should do so at the next public worship service you attend. Upon making this commitment, you should be baptized.



Baptism Is an Act of Obedience That Declares One’s Faith.

A test of whether a person is a true follower of Jesus is his or her obedience to Jesus’ commands.


Write 1 John 2:3 in the space below






Jesus Commanded Baptism (read Matthew 28:19-20)

This was not a suggestion or an option for His followers. If we are not baptized, we are disobedient. Jesus set the example by being baptized. Read the account of Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3:13-17.


In the New Testament, New Believers Were Baptized (read Acts 2:37-38, 41, 47)

The verses clearly indicate that new believers followed Jesus by being baptized. Now read Acts 8:35-38. After the Ethiopian believed, he was baptized.

Baptism Expresses Your Love for Jesus (read John 14:21)


Write the verse in your own words below:










Baptism Pictures Two Things:


  1. What Jesus did for you – He died for your sins, was buried, and came back to life. (1 Corinthians 15:46-58)


  1. What has happened to you – You died to an old way of life and have been raised to live a new life in Jesus. (Romans 6:3-4)


The Bible teaches that the method of baptism was immersion (completely placing a person under water and immediately bringing him or her back up). Immersion is the only form of baptism that adequately pictures this meaning.




Scripture reveals that baptism involves three things:


  1. The right person – a believer.
  2. The right reasons --- obedience and declaration of your new faith.
  3. The right method – immersion.



The essentials of baptism are:


  1. Believe in Jesus for salvation.
  2. Make your commitment public.
  3. Request to be baptized by immersion.