Over the years, I have collected various ministry tools to help me grow spiritually. The next tool I am going to share with you is no exception. A well-known missionary group in the United States put this booklet together. It’s very informative and easy to understand. If you are new to this spiritual journey, these beginning steps will be helpful to you. I can attest they were helpful to me. If you are a believer, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded.
Step 1 from “Beginning Steps for New Believers”
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.
1.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.
2. Your assurance is based on the promises of God. What are the promises found in the following verses?
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned.” John 5:24
3. 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 faithful.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
The Bible teaches that God is faithful (reliable, steadfast, trustworthy, and stable.) You can believe the promises because you know the Promiser. 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.
4. 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.
The seal given to us as a guarantee of His promise is the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
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 the final proof of your salvation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
What changes have you seen in your life since you committed it to Jesus Christ?
Your assurance is based on:
- The character of God
- The Word of God
- The Spirit of God
- The Promises of God
Disclaimer: The above material was taken from the book titled “Beginning Steps – A Growth Guide For New Believers” published by the North American Mission Board.
This little booklet was so helpful to me. I hope it helps you as well.
Join me tomorrow as we look at Step 2. I can’t wait!
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