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.”
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.
FACT --- FAITH ----- FEELING
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?
How do we know that we have Salvation?
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.
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 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
What changes have you seen in your life since you committed it to Jesus Christ?
Therefore, your assurance is based on:
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)
Baptism Expresses Your Love for Jesus (read John 14:21)
Write the verse in your own words below:
Baptism Pictures Two Things:
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:
The essentials of baptism are: