How to Begin the Christian Life
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Your First Steps 2. What Is a Christian? 3. ^How to Grow in the Christian Life 4. You and the Holy Spirit 5. You ^and Your Bible 6. How to...
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Your First Steps
2. What Is a Christian?
3. ^How to Grow in the Christian Life
4. You and the Holy Spirit
5. You ^and Your Bible
6. How to Pray
7. How to Have a Quiet Time
8. ^The Three Divisions of Mankind
9. How to Be Sure of Salvation
10. ^You and the World
11. You and the Church
12. You and Your Money
13. ^Scripture Promises for Spiritual Problems
This modern classic has helped thousands get a strong start in their Christian ^lives, and can do the same for you. Few men are better equipped than George Sweeting ^to explain how to grow in your walk with God.
DR. GEORGE SWEETING is the former president and chancellor of the ^Moody Bible Institute (1971-1999) and is currently Chancellor Emeritus. As a world-renowned ^evangelist, pastor, teacher, and writer, few are better equipped to explain how ^to grow in your salvation. How to Begin the Christian Life is a modern classic ^with more than a million copies in print in English and other languages.
As a newborn baby is cared for in the physical world, you need to be helped ^spiritually. Let me list four helpful suggestions that I will enlarge upon in later ^chapters.
1. Read the Bible systematically. What food is to the body, ^the Bible is your new spiritual life. At a prescribed time, in a quiet place, each ^day should start with the Bible. This is a must if you are to grow in the things ^of God. The gospel of John is a good place for you to begin. Remember, at least ^a chapter a day! D.L. Moody said, "The Bible will keep you from sin or sin will ^keep you from Bible." A chapter a day will certainly help to keep sin away.
2. ^Learn to pray. Prayer is the communion of the believer with God; we speak to God, ^but He also speaks to us. Prayer is not merely asking favors of God but, rather, ^waiting in quietness before Him. Pray for personal cleansing and victory over evil: ^pray for yourself and pray for others.
3. Use every opportunity to confess ^Christ before the world. In a winsome way, immediately tell someone of your spiritual ^decision. Activity strengthens. When believers share with others, they develop an ^appetite for Bible study. The result of their speaking to others of their new life ^will provide daily, up-to-date subjects for prayer. When a new Christian begins ^working, everything comes into proper focus. R. A. Torrey said, "The more you make ^of Jesus Christ, the more he will make of you. It will save you from many temptations ^if the fact is clearly known that you are one who acknowledges Christ as Lord of ^all things."
4. Become part of a local church. If a mother permits her ^children to grow up in idleness, the result will be unprepared children. Since the ^Christian's responsibilities toward other believers is clear, waiting only forms ^bad habits. The Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, ^as is the manner of some" (Hebrew 10:25). Your faithful church attendance will help ^you in spiritual growth. Find a fellowship that gives full allegiance to Jesus Christ ^and the Word of God, and become part of it.If you follow these four Bible steps, ^Christian growth is promised. You will be sure to meet temptations, but you need ^not yield or fall to them, for God has promised, "He who is in you is greater than ^he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). If you do fall, ask for immediate forgiveness. ^"If we confess our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). ^if you fall, do not remain defeated, but get up and go on. Perhaps right now you ^are facing a battle with some attitude or habit; remember that Christ is ready to ^help you, and He has all power in heaven and earth. Another secret of successful ^Christian living is to keep your eyes on Christ. The best of Christians will fail ^you, but never forget - "Jesus never fails." Congratulations on your decision to ^receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. Now strive to follow these first steps. Starting ^right is a key tp spiritual growth.
Beginnings-they're crucial! Houses need strong foundations. Races are won ^by strong starts just as much as fast finishes. The beginning of your Christian ^life is no different. A strong start to your Christian life is not only pleasing ^to our Lord but will help equip you for what lies ahead. The future will be exciting-but ^challenging. Will you be ready? How to Begin the Christian Life is a modern ^classic. With more than 400,000 copies in print it has already helped tens of thousands ^begin their Christian lives. Now let it help you or someone you know. Are you unsure ^if you're a Christian? Do you want to know how to pray, study the Bible, or handle ^trouble? Are you interested in God's principles for giving financially to the church? ^This little handbook will give you reliable scriptural guidance in these and other ^areas of Christian living.
Beginnings-they're crucial! Houses need strong foundations. Races are won by strong starts just as much as fast finishes. The beginning of your Christian life is no different. A strong start to your Christian life is not only pleasing to our Lord but will help equip you for what lies ahead. The future will be exciting-but challenging. Will you be ready? How to Begin the Christian Life is a modern classic. With more than 400,000 copies in print it has already helped tens of thousands begin their Christian lives. Now let it help you or someone you know. Are you unsure if you're a Christian? Do you want to know how to pray, study the Bible, or handle trouble? Are you interested in God's principles for giving financially to the church? This little handbook will give you reliable scriptural guidance in these and other areas of Christian living.
DR. GEORGE SWEETING is a former president and chancellor of the Moody Bible Institute He received a diploma from Moody Bible Institute, his B.A. from Gordon College, and his Doctor of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Sweeting has served as a pastor in several churches, including Grace Church, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and The Moody Church and also spent nine years traveling the world as an evangelist.Dr. Sweeting has written numerous books, including "The Joys of Successful Aging, Too Soon to Quit, Lessons from the Life of Moody", and "Don't Doubt in the Dark". He is