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These pages are designed to aid study or investigation for Christian discipleship through individual Bible study, Cell groups, Home groups, or meeting one to one. The questions could be used alone allowing each person to use their own Bible.
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17
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What are the top ten things a Christian needs to know and do?
Here are 10 things every believer in Christ should know and be growing in. They are are a good place to start if you are a new Christian or young believer. Through these we will bear fruit for God so that our life means something, not just now, but for eternity! Through these we will gain a focus on God that will take us past the temptations of life that distract us. Through these we gain a foundation in life that will hold us secure when life tries to shake us.
This list of the top ten things any young Christian should know and do are not set out in any particular order of importance.
As we understand His love for us, we learn to live for Him and to live all our lives passionately aimed at Him.
God is the source of life, if we are to live His life, then He needs to be alive and working in us. The principle means of this is through the spiritual feeding that comes by spending time reading the Bible and praying.
We become more focused on God as we take the time to read His book, the Bible, learning about Him and His story through His people. This is worked out through a consistent practice of Bible reading and Bible study.
Through understanding that we are saved by God, through the sacrifice of Jesus, and that we receive this salvation as a gift of God’s grace, we learn to live in dependence on this gift of His. This leads to a freedom in our lives to express His love to others.
As we grow secure in the fact that God has us in His hands, so we can take risks with Him to show His love to others. This assurance is not based on whether we have jumped through the right hoops, it is based on God’s promise and His faithfulness.
It is not long after becoming a Christian that we become aware of our own failure, and that despite God having saved us, we continue to fail. We need the assurance that God forgives us in order to press on with Him.
Few can make it through life by themselves. Those who try tend to have a shrivelled outlook on God and life. To broaden this perspective we need the support of other followers of Jesus. We find these people in the Church.
As God has shown amazing and generous love to us, so He desires that we show that same amazing love to others. We can be hesitant to do this because we know we don’t have the resources to show such love, however through prayer and faith God will give all that is needed to do His will, His way.
God is good, He is loving, He is also holy. As we get to know Him more, we realise that we can only please Him when we become like Him and uphold His standards.
Living with God is not living by a set of rules, but living by His Spirit. He leads us as we feed on Him, love Him and choose His ways.
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