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New Believers

new-believersTopic 1 — ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

1 John 5:13 – We can know we’re Christians
John 1:12-13 – Based on the work of Christ
1 John 5:11-12 – The promise of the Word
Romans 8:16 – The witness of the Spirit

Topic 2 — THE QUIET TIME
Mark 1:35 – The example of Jesus
Genesis 19:27 – The example of Abraham
Exodus 34:2-3 – The example of Moses
Psalm 5:3 – The example of David
Daniel 6:10 – The example of Daniel
1 Corinthians 1:9 – Called to fellowship with Jesus

Topic 3 — VICTORY OVER SIN
1 Corinthians 10:13 – A way of relief promised
1 Corinthians 15:57 – Victory through Jesus
Isaiah 41:13 – God’s help promised

Topic 4 — SEPARATION FROM SIN
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 – A call to Seperation
1 John 1:5—2:2 – Walking in the light
James 1:12 – Persevering in trials
2 Timothy 2:19-22 – Departing from iniquity
Romans 6:12-14 – Sin should not dominate us
1 John 2:15-16 – We should not love the world
Romans 12:2 – Don’t be conformed to the world

Topic 5—CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2:42 – Example of the early church
1 John 1:3 – -Fellowship together
Hebrews 10:24-25 – Not to forsake fellowship
Psalm 122:1 – Go to church with gladness

Topic 6 — THE BIBLE
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – Inspiration of the Bible
2 Peter 1:21 – The Bible came by Gods will
Matthew 22:29 – Danger of not knowing Scriptures
Psalm 19:7-11 – Descriptions of God’s Word
Psalm 119:160 – The Word is true and eternal
Psalm 119:105 – It is a lamp and a light

Topic 7 — HEARING THE WORD
Proverbs 28:9 – Hearing a key to answered prayer
Jeremiah 22:29 – The call to hear the Word
Luke 19:48 – Hear attentively

Topic 8 — READING THE WORD
1 Timothy 4:13 – Read carefully
Revelation 1:3 – The Blessing
Deuteronomy 17:19 – Need for daily reading

Topic 9 — BIBLE STUDY
Acts 17:11 – Commendation
Proverbs 2:1-5 – Treasure!
Ezra 7:10 – The Example of Ezra


Principles in Decision-making

New Testament believers seeking to follow Christ are often faced with lifestyle choices that are not specifically addressed in Scripture. They could be huge questions such as, “Should I go to this university?” or, “Should I take this job?” They may be more minor ones, such as, “Can I watch this Movie?” or, “May I attend this party?” The New Testament contains a number of principles that can be applied to a wide range of choices that we confront. Proper application of these principles demonstrates maturity in discipleship.

  1. I will make the same choices in life that Christ would.
    (1 JOHN 2:6 “Walk in the same manner as He walked.”)
  2. I will choose activities that will help me to become more Christ-like.
    (ROMANS 8:29 “Those whom He foreknew, He also pre- destined to become conformed to the image of His Son.”)
  3. I will avoid activities that make it harder for me to follow Christ.
    (HEBREWS 12:1 “Let us also lay aside every encumbrance.”)
  4. Everything I do will be in His power and for His glory.
    (COLOSSIANS 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.”)
  5. I will choose activities that will help me grow spiritually.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 6:12 “Not all things are profitable.”)
  6. I will be ready for Christ to return at any moment.
    (1 JOHN 2:28 “Abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.”)
  7. I will devote myself to God, not the things of the world.
    (1 JOHN 2:15 “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.”)
  8. I will use my body as a tool to serve the Lord.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 6:20 “Therefore glorify God in your body.”)
  9. I will treat my body respectfully.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?”)
  10. I will remain in control of my bodily appetites.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 9:27 “I discipline my body and make it my slave.”)
  11. I will avoid activities that feed my fleshly appetites.
    (ROMANS 13:14 “Make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”)
  12. I will prevent my mind from thinking ungodly thoughts.
    (2 CORINTHIANS 10:5 “We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”)
  13. I will avoid activities that will form enslaving habits.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 6:12 “I will not be mastered by anything.”)
  14. If it bothers my conscience, I know it is wrong for me.
    (ROMANS 14:23 “Whatever is not from faith is sin.”)
  15. I will do what is best for the other person.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 10:24 “Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.”)
  16. I will avoid activities that offend others.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 10:32 “Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God.”)
  17. I will limit my freedom so as not to offend a weaker brother.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 8:13 “If food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.”)
  18. I will avoid activities that hurt my testimony to the unsaved.
    (1 CORINTHIANS 10:33 “Not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.”)
  19. I will choose the activities that make for peace.
    (ROMANS 14:19 “Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”)


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