Living Life The Christian Way
Living Life the Christian Way
by Nadja M. McCloud, Ph.D.
Presented by
Saint Luke Evangelical School Of Biblical Studies
Used by Permission

Now that you are a Christian and are in fellowship with God, you will want to learn more about how to grow closer to Him. The Bible call this growing “in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)

Here are some things that will help you begin growing as a new Christian:

Read the Bible Daily
The Bible is God's Inspired Word. Besides revealing the Good News about forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life, it can also answer the many questions you will have as you try to live a life that pleases God. It will enable you to be “thoroughly furnished unto all every good works” (2 Timothy 3:17).

Here are some suggestions as you begin reading the Bible on a daily basis:

1. Try reading the New Testament books in this order:

a. First, read through the Gospel of John, a chapter a day. This will help you understand the basic facts about the Gospel.
b. Then read Acts, for the exciting story of how Christ's first disciples spread the Good News of His death and resurrection.
c. Next, read some of the letters that Christ's apostles wrote to these first disciples – all of whom were new in their faith, just like you. These letters include Romans through 3 John.

d. Then, go back and read one of the other three gospels: Matthew, Mark, or Luke.

2. Think about what you read; study and analyze it. Ask your pastor or a mature Christian friend to recommend a good Bible study guide. The Bible not only reveals God to us; it contains greater wisdom than all the other books in the world.

3. Read through the Psalms – the Old Testament book of worship – to enrich your devotion to God.

4. Read proverbs to gain wisdom and common sense, and to strengthen you relationships with other people.

5. Pray for understanding. The Holy Spirit will help you, and you will begin to see life from God's perspective. “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalms 119:18)

6. Whenever you can, talk with others about what you are learning.

Pray Daily
Praise and thank God for who He is and for what He has done for you. Admit your weaknesses. Confess each specific sin that you are aware of. Pray for others that they, too, may receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Suggestions for your daily devotional time:
1. Plan a definite time, preferably in the morning when your mind is fresh and rested. Make it a habit.
2. Select a quiet place where you can be alone with God.
3. Make a list of request, for others as well as yourself.
4. Read and meditate on a portion of Scripture, then spend time in prayer.
5. As you end your daily time with God, commit the day and yourself to Him.

Learn to Depend on the Holy Spirit
God is actually three persons in one: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit actually lives within every true believer in Christ. (See John 14:16-17)

The Bible says that the Holy Spirit, as He lives inside you, is your counselor, to help you understand the truth revealed in God's Word: “But the comforter, [which is] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

The Holy Spirit will:
Teach you
Guide you
Strengthen you in your times of need

Attend Church Regularly
When you received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you began a relationship not only with Him but also with all other Christians. Whatever it meant to you in the past, going to church can now become a rich and rewarding experience:

You will grow in understanding by hearing God's Word preached and taught.
You can ask questions and discuss Scripture with others.
You will learn to worship God, which means praising Him for all that He is and thanking Him for all that He has done for you.
As you worship, learn and serve with other Christians, you will find individuals with whom you can form lasting friendships (friendships that will last for all eternity!).

Be of Service to Others
You will find that the more you give yourself in service to others, the more you will enjoy your Christian life. Talk to your pastor about ways and opportunities to serve Christ and to witness for Him. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Overcoming Doubts
At times you may doubt that you really are a child of God:

There may be some big failures in your Christian life.
You may find yourself thinking about things that you feel Christians just shouldn't be thinking about.
You may be troubled by some unconfessed sin.

When these things happen, it is important to remember that you are not saved by your goodness but by what Christ has already done for you. Reassure yourself with the fact that, if you have received Christ by faith, you are now a child of God.

Learn to Live One Day at a Time
Too often our lives become filled with anxiety. We worry ourselves sick about what might happen tomorrow. We try to cross our bridges before ever coming to them!

The Bible says we are not to be anxious about what might happen tomorrow (see Matthew 6:33-34)
The Bible also promises that “Thy shoes [shall be] iron and brass; and as thy days, [so shall] they strength [be].” (Deuteronomy 33:25). In other words, God's grace will be sufficient to meet the challenges of each new day.

Learn the Blessing of Suffering
Difficulties, ill health, and all kinds of suffering have a new perspective when you have Christ in your life:
Instead of “going to pieces”, you can be strengthened.
Instead of being a burden to others, you can be a blessing. As you realize God's power, comfort and strength through life's experiences, you will grow in your faith.

Learn How to Deal with Temptation
Temptation is a part of life. It was before you received Christ, and it still will be. It is not a sin to have wrong thoughts from time to time. It is, however, a sin to choose to dwell on such thoughts over and over again.

The Bible says, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.” (Matthew 26:41) When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He replied to the devil by quoting Scripture. Three times He said, “It is written...” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). Be prepared for temptation, through prayer and through your knowledge of God's Word.

The Bible says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].” (1 Corinthians 10:13) Be prepared to take advantage of God's “way out” of temptation, whether it means that you “flee” the scene of the temptation (1 Timothy 6:11), or that you stay on the scene and “resist” it (James 4:7).

Tell Others About Christ
Letting others know about your new life in Christ – by word and by action – can be one of the most satisfying and exciting experiences you have ever had. The apostle Peter encourages us to “always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear;” (1 Peter 3:15)

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