You’ve Just Got Saved…So, What’s Next??
Congratulations!! You have made one of the best decisions of your life! We are so grateful to God for you and would love to get you started in the right direction. We introduce the next steps in a “three-leeged stool” approach. They are: “Time in God’s Word, Time in Prayer, and Time with Christian Friends”. We also strongly encourage you to attend a Bible believing and Bible-teaching church as soon as you can. Some great churches are Revolution Church DC located at 4103 Benning Rd. NE Washington, DC 20019 and Redeemer City Church located at 1404 Jackson St. NE. Washington, DC 20017. Below is the three-legged stool model in more detail. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Legs in Detail
1. Time in God’s Word
God’s Word is the place where we get direction, discern the will of God, hear His voice, and get to know His heart and character.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”. – Joshua 1:8
It is vital for our spiritual life to be in God’s word everyday and to always be learning from His word. Especially in leading, we want our leadership to come from His word, not our own opinions or ideas.
Reading the Bible gives us:
- nutrition (I Cor. 3:2),
- direction (Psalm 119:105), and
- sanctification (John 17:17).
2. Time in Prayer
Every Christian should have a vibrant, daily, personal prayer life. This should be a time set aside just to spend time with God – waiting on Him, praying for needs and things in your own life, and praying for others. Find a time and a place where you can shut out all distractions and focus on the Lord.
“And when He (Jesus) had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there”. – Matthew 14:23
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”.- Matthew 6:6
Jesus also models how to balance prayer for yourself and for other people – both in the church and those who will be in the church in John 17.
- Jesus prays for Himself – vs. 1-5 …Note that before Jesus prays for others, He prays for Himself.
- Jesus prays for His disciples (People he is connected with) – vs. 6-18
9I pray for them, I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours… 15I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth…- John 17:9, 15-17
- Jesus prays for other people – the church and those who will be in the church – vs. 20-26
24Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
Third Leg in Detail
3. Time with Christian Friends
Our friends shape who we are and will define what we do. You become like those you associate with.
“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – Pastor Jeanne Mayo
So when choosing friends, choose those that will add to your life, not take from it. Choose those you would want to be like, who you admire.
A great example of authentic Christian friendship in the bible is found in 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 19:1-10. It tells the story of David and Jonathan. We find that they are committed to each others well being at all cost. They shared a bond that transcended all things natural and superficial. They possessed a common spirit, goal, and worldview.
- A friend for life portrays authentic Christ centered love. 1 Samuel 18:1
- A friend for live gives away lifelong commitment. 1 Samuel 18:3
- A friend for life is self-sacrificing towards the others well being. 1 Samuel 18:4
- A friend for life remains loyal at all cost. 1 Samuel 19:1-2
Living An Exemplary Life of Christian Character
Your life is your testimony...the most powerful sermon is the one you preach with your very own life.
Character: moral excellence and firmness
Integrity: firm adherence to a code of especially moral values
It’s always been God’s design that we be like Him – in our character, which reflects in our conduct. Who we are determines what we do. As Christ followers, we should be excellent representations of the One we follow.
26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” 27So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27
When we were born again, we received a new nature – a heavenly nature. We left our old way of living, in sin and doing our own thing, to live like Christ called us to live – in His image, with faith, reflecting His character in our lives. As believers, God challenges us to walk according to His Spirit in that newness of life.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. Galatians 2:20
God expects believers to live this excellent life of character not just for our own well being, but also so we can be an example to others. We should posses the same character at home that we do in a Remnant service or when leading our connect groups. Character doesn’t change based on circumstances, position, or location. Character is who you are.
Areas To Be A Godly Example In:
- Parents - 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3“that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” – Ephesians 6:1-3
- Siblings - 17A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.- Proverbs 17:17
- Spouse - 22Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…28so husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. -Ephesians 5:22-28
- Children - 3Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.-Psalm 127:3
- Friends - 26The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray. – Proverbs 12:26
- Unsaved Friends - Our mission in life besides knowing God, is making God known to others. God wants us in relationship with those who don’t know Him so we can help lead them to Him. However, we must be wise in the way we relate with non-believers and conduct ourselves in such a way as to demonstrate the gospel to them in every way possible, primarily by how we carry ourselves when we’re around them.
5Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. – Colossians 4:5-6
- The Opposite Sex- 1Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, 2older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity. - 1 Timothy 5:1-2
- Authority - (employers, teachers, government officials, etc.)- 1Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. -Romans 13:1
- Words & Attitude - 29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. -Ephesians 4:29