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"Study to show yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~2 Timothy 2:15 (MEV)
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Resources for Growing Your Faith

First Principles – A Study of the Elemental Principles of Christ – is a scripture-based study of the foundation stones of the Christian faith found in Hebrews.

Hebrews 6:1–3:
“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.”

Each of the books below is available for free download by clicking the Download” button.

Book 1 - Vision

Topics Include:

  • The Sure Foundation
  • The Plan and Purpose of God
  • Restoration
  • Vision of the Local Church
  • Praise and Worship
  • Local Church Ministry

Book 2 - Repentance

Topics Include:

  • The Biblical View of Sin
  • Repentance
  • The New Covenant
  • The Father Heart of God
  • Forgiveness
  • The Lifestyle of Repentance

Book 3 - Faith

Topics Include:

  • Faith Toward God
  • The Abiding Faith
  • Living by Revelation
  • Developing Faith
  • The Response of Faith
  • The Testing of Faith

Book 4 - Baptisms

Topics Include:

  • The Doctrine of Baptisms
  • Baptism in the Body of Christ
  • Water Baptism
  • Baptism in the Holy Spirit (1)
  • Baptism in the Holy Spirit (2)
  • The Baptism in Fire

Book 5 - Laying on of Hands

Topics Include:

  • Laying On of Hands
  • Healing
  • Gifts of the Spirit
  • The Motivational Gifts
  • The Five-Fold Ministry
  • Presbytery

Book 6 - Resurrection Life

Topics Include:

  • Resurrection Life
  • Body Life
  • Church Life
  • Overcoming Life
  • Family Life
  • Prayer Life

Book 7 - Eternal Perspective

Topics Include:

  • The Eternal Perspective
  • The Eternal Judgement
  • The Eternal Word
  • Eternal Worship
  • Eternal Life

Ways to Grow Your Faith

These are simply helpful tips on how to grow in your faith; they are not a list of requirements to become a Christian or to stay a Christian. You have been saved by grace through faith, apart from any works of your own (Ephesians 2:8-9). God started the work in you, and He promises to finish it (Philippians 1:6). God bless you as you continue to mature in your faith!

All the steps content is adapted from https://www.gotquestions.org/new-Christian.html

Step 1

Read the Bible

 There are many translations and numerous places to start. While there is no perfect translation, we recommend you choose a Bible that is easy for you to understand and is faithful to the original text of the Bible. 

We recommend that you begin your reading with the Gospel of John or one of the other Gospels to read for yourself what Jesus taught and did during His time on earth. 

The Bible teaches, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Step 2

Pray

Prayer is simply talking with God. Many believe prayer must include a formal set of words that can only take place during a church service. However, the Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We are instructed to praise God day and night. If we desire to know God more deeply, we must communicate with Him regularly.

Throughout each day, you can give thanks to God, ask Him to answer your daily needs, and pray on behalf of others. It’s also important to pray together with others who follow Christ, encouraging each other, praising God, and seeking answers to everyone’s requests. For ideas on how to pray, you can begin with the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

Step 3

Be Baptized

Baptism symbolizes your new life in Christ and proclaims that you are now committed to Jesus. Even Jesus was baptized (Luke 3:1-22), and He calls His followers to also be baptized. Baptism was practiced by the very first followers of Jesus in Acts 2:41.

Even if you were baptized as a baby, you need to make the decision to be baptized as an adult.

Pastor Richard would be glad to speak with you about baptism if you express your interest.

Step 4

Build Friendships with Other Christians

The Christian life is designed to be enjoyed with others. Jesus invested much of His ministry with 12 disciples as His closest friends. He likewise calls us to live in community with one another. The New Testament has over 50 “one another” verses that refer to loving one another, serving one another, encouraging one another, and praying for one another. Each of these commands requires relationships with other Christians.

Fellowship with other believers is one of the purposes of our church. 

Step 5

Help Others

As a Christian, you will find a new love inside you giving you a desire to help others. The Holy Spirit will lead you in ways to help. You might serve the poor in your community, assist a neighbor with yard work, or visit a sick friend in the hospital. The Spirit will clearly call you to show God’s love (1 John 3:17-18).

Step 6

Tell Someone About Your Faith

Becoming a Christian is not a secret; it’s a celebration! Tell all who will listen about Christ’s work in your life. In some cases, other people will come to faith in Jesus through the example you share. Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, He commanded His disciples to make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Today, Christians are still called to share the hope within us with others (1 Peter 3:15-16).

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