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First Steps
Welcome to God’s family! You have made the most important decision of your life, choosing to follow Jesus. As a new believer, you can expect to have new attitudes and desires. You may need to replace some old habits and patterns with new activities that will help you to grow your new life in Christ. Growth takes time, but it begins—right now—where you are.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to let us know about your decision. We’d like to send you a free Bible and some materials to help you grow in your relationship with Christ.

First Steps for New Believers

Read the Bible

The Bible will tell you everything you need to know in order to grow in your spiritual life. Because God speaks through His Word, you will get to know Him better and learn what pleases Him. As you obey His Word, you will grow strong and begin to see positive changes in your life.

Pray

Prayer is one of the greatest privileges we have as a child of God. Just think, the God of all creation wants to hear from you! You can call on the Lord any hour of the day or night and He will listen. It doesn’t matter to God if your prayers are eloquent or flowery—it matters only that you pray with a pure and sincere heart.

Find a Church to Attend

Church plays a vital role in your spiritual growth. Fellowship with other Christians will keep you spiritually active and give you much needed encouragement and support. Church provides you with instruction from God’s Word and gives you the training and opportunity to use your God-given gifts and abilities. Read more about finding a church in our Foundations for Living series.

Start Living for God

A sure sign of a changed heart is the desire to live for God. What does this mean? It means that you want to please God and to obey Him as best you know how. You will begin to filter your thoughts and actions through God’s Word in order to become a reflection of Jesus Christ.

Share Your Faith

Good news is hard to keep to yourself! God wants you to share your newfound faith with others. You don’t have to wait until you’re an expert in the Bible to witness to others. You can share what you know—your own story of what Jesus has done for you. Read more about how to share the gospel in our Foundations for Living series.

Don’t Get Sidetracked

Being a Christian is not always easy. There will be times when you’ll feel pressured to back down or give in. When you became a child of God, you also became an enemy of the devil; and he will try to tempt you into disobeying God. It isn’t a sin to be tempted—even Jesus experienced temptation (see Luke 4:1–3)—but giving in to the temptation is sin. Christians will experience times of testing and trials, but God promises to be with us and give us the strength we need to get through hard times.

Additional resources

Start to Follow manual
A how-to manual which explains essentials like Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and sharing your faith—all in an easy-to-read, interactive, seven week format.
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Essentials of Christianity online course
A set of 14 short studies on the essentials of Christianity that can be completed online. This is a correspondence study, meaning a counselor will respond via e-mail to your completed lessons and give you a link to the next lesson.
Begin This Study
What every growing Christian needs to know
Pastor Greg explores the basic doctrines of our faith.
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Start! Bible Gospel of John
With notes and articles by Greg Laurie, this excerpt from the Start Bible is the perfect place to begin or renew your life of faith. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
Gospel of John PDF (148MB) Study Guide PDF (148MB)
Foundations for Living
In-depth biblical teaching on a wide variety of topics, including God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, angels, salvation, the Last Days, marriage and family, and much more.
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The Bible app
A free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life.
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Harvest apps & channels
Get Harvest and Greg Laurie’s best content on your mobile and TV devices for free!
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