New Believers

This entry is part 217 of 365 in the series Inquiring Minds
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I’m 15 years old and a VERY lukewarm Christian. I really, really want to know Jesus, but I have no idea where to start. Do you have any advice?

A lukewarm Christian does not really, really want to know Jesus. They’re happy with the way things are. I don’t think you are where you think you are. But I would start with a very basic question, “Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Boss of your life?”

You must start here. Because if you are either a lukewarm Christian, someone who has not accepted his Lordship of your life, or even an unbeliever, you must start your relationship with the prayer of salvation.

Even Christians who have fallen away from Jesus start here. So this is my first piece of advice on the beginning of your walk with Jesus. Settle the question of his Lordship in your life, and then you will definitely not be a lukewarm Christian.

Next, tell someone of your commitment to Christ. And it must be a commitment. None of us can waffle back and forth, riding the fence. If you are not moving forward in your relationship with Christ, growing in knowledge of him and in your relationship with him, then you are moving backwards.

When you tell someone about this commitment, they will be able to give you resources and help you. Begin reading the Bible. But not just anywhere. Most people advise you to start in the book of John. I agree with that assessment. The Gospel of John is all about believing in Jesus. Everything that John writes about exposes Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ, our Lord.

Aside from this, I would find a Bible believing church and join. Let the pastor know about your recent commitment to Jesus so he can help you by putting the whole weight of the body of Christ behind you. The pastor can provide resources, groups and classes, and other things to help you get started in your walk with Jesus.

Those are the best places to start with Jesus. And I would also like to be one to welcome you into the body of Christ. I’m excited that you have begun this journey with him as many of us have. Keep up with prayer, reading your Bible, and getting plugged in to the body of believers. It’s a journey you will not regret.

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