Published February 1, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Deacons Corner

Welcome New Fellow Christian!

As Pastor Randy Brown recently announced “2016 was a wonderful year as we rejoiced when adults and children alike were saved and we averaged one baptism for every month throughout the year.”.
It is with great joy we write to congratulate those of you who made the decision to accept Christ into your life.  It was thrilling to hear of your decision, and we want to be one of the first to let you know that it is by far the most important choice you will ever make.

Perhaps you have heard the term “born again”, and have wondered what it means.  Jesus first spoke of this in John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus made it very clear that if we expect to see the Kingdom of God, we must experience this new spiritual birth, and we are glad that you have accepted this truth.  We encourage all new Christians to read the entire chapter of John 3 to learn more about what it means to be born again.
It is vitally important that you now resolve to grow in the Lord.  Just as a new baby needs to be fed, and grow day by day, so too does the new Christian.  The primary ways you will grow are the following:

1.  Read The Word of God – The best place to begin as a new Christian is in the book of John.  As you ask God to open your understanding, He will help you understand the important truths that will help your growth.  If you do not understand something you are reading, make a note of it and ask a mature Christian, and continue reading and applying the Word to your life.
2.  Pray – You have started a new relationship!  It is a relationship with God, and from the very beginning of creation, He has desired to have a relationship with mankind.  Your prayer time is your communication with Him.  Begin your prayer with Thanksgiving and Praise for what He has done for you, then pray for others, and make your own requests known to God.  The pattern of prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13, and while we often call it The Lord’s Prayer, it can also be called “The Disciples Prayer” as the Lord is teaching them (us) how to pray.
3.  Church – You need to spend time with others of like faith and enjoy the fellowship and strength that comes with being part of the family of God.  No, this is not a perfect family, however, you will find great inspiration as you learn from the preaching of the Word, as well as begin works of service in the church as you continue to grow in God.  Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
4.  Witness – We believe it is also important that you let someone know of your decision to accept Christ as your Savior.  You do not have to be fully fluent, however, remembering the essence of being a “witness” is simply to tell another person what has happened to you.  This will strengthen your faith as well, and quite possibly could lead to someone else coming to a saving knowledge of Christ.
5.  Baptism – It is important that you follow the Lord in Water Baptism as soon as the opportunity is available.  Water Baptism is simply an external indication of what has taken place on the inside of our lives.  We are buried with Christ, and we come alive in newness of life because of His resurrection and our obedience to His call.

We encourage you not to be overwhelmed with this new life, but to take it “one day at a time”, and a year from now you will look back in amazement at the growth you have experienced. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, and be watching for details about our Sunday School and Bible School classes here at Southside Baptist Church.

Blessings in Christ,
The Deacon Ministry – Southside Baptist Church
Bob Lear
Tommy Gardner