Q: I Believe The Good News! What Do I Do Now?
Get baptized (A one-time full immersion under water) in the name of Jesus Christ by another believer. Baptism doesn't save you, nor is it magical, nor will a believer go to hell if they're not baptized. It is just a sign to God and to the world that you are already born again by the spirit of God by simple child-like faith in the Good News of Jesus shedding His Blood for your sins. It is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (a death to self and to this world, and a new resurrected life in Christ.) Jesus commanded it, so you ought to do it.
Q: I Got Baptized! Now What Do I Do?
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Note: I do not necessarily endorse all other teachings from this video's creator.
NOTE: Everything you need to know as a Christian is in the Bible alone. Scripture interprets scripture. It's not of one man or another's interpretation. Do not go above "that which is written."-1 Cor 4:6 "Let God be true, but every man a liar."-Romans 3:4
Q: Which Bible Translation Should I Use?
Here is a recommended English bible to purchase (1611 King James Version), which is assumed by many to be the most accurate translation from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek scriptures and tried-and-true over the centuries:
In addition to or alternatively, below is a link to "e-Sword," where you can download the Bible on your phone or computer for free (available for Mac, iOS, PC, & Android.) It has a suggested KJV+ option:
Thou, Thee, Thy, Thine, Ye, You, Your, and Yours are very important to read in the King James Bible; not because they sound "Holy," but because these words make a clear distinction between singular and plural pronouns, which are not always clear in "modern" English Bibles:
"STUDY to show yourself approved." - 2 Timothy 2:15 (In the KJV, but the word "study" is missing from every other bible translation.)
Here's an example of the King James Bible vs. other English translations (Remember: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS):
1 Corinthians 1:18 is translated in the King James as:
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who ARE SAVED it is the power of God."
In several other translations, this same verse is translated as:
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who ARE BEING SAVED it is the power of God."
The KJV implies a done deal by faith in Jesus' full payment for our sins on the cross (you ARE saved), while most other translations seem to imply an ongoing progressive process (you are BEING saved: not quite saved yet, in the process of happening, will get there someday if I work hard enough...if my good actions outweighs my bad actions... if I stop sinning enough... maybe..., etc.), which in many cases leads to a works based or legalistic portrayal of salvation and denies 1 John 1:13: "...that YE MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life" (not that you may be unsure of if you have eternal life or not.)
It makes no sense to translate the Greek word: "σῳζομένοις" (dative form: "to" - "to those who are saved") in 1 Cor 1:18 as "being saved" when the same Greek word in Revelation 21:24: "σωζόμενων" (genitive form: "of" - "of them which are saved" - found in the Textus Receptus / KJV, but interestingly enough is missing from almost every other bible translation) is properly translated as "are saved." People are not "being saved" in Rev 21:24 (they "are saved") because this is after the millennium, after the great white throne judgment, after death has been eliminated, in the new heaven and new earth, and the theory of "progressive salvation" of course wouldn't make any sense at this point in history.
Why you can trust the King James translation of the Bible:
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The King James translation was also hundreds of years before occultism became more prevalent in the English speaking world around 1875 (most bibles today rely on the English "Revised Version" translation of 1881.) THE KJV and/or its preceding text base happened before all the mainline denominations of "Christianity" came into existence with all their different doctrines and biases. Also the KJV came way before the numerous political and ideological biases we have in today's culture. For these reasons alone, I find the KJV more trustworthy.
If confused about a word in the King James Bible, I suggest you look it up in Noah Webster's "American Dictionary Of The English Language" (1828) below:
NOTE: Please keep in mind that CONTEXT for everything in the Bible is key, and there are MANY false gospels and deceptions out there, so below is a great free "Verse By Verse" Bible study tool to help you have an in depth and accurate study of the scriptures so that you can apply them to your own life, when applicable, according to context, in order to grow as a believer and earn eternal rewards in heaven (NOT to earn or keep your salvation; that is a done deal by faith alone in Jesus' payment for your sins; hence the gospel, which means "Good News.") Cherry-picking verses out of context is dangerous and while no Christian is always right about everything (we're just imperfect humans saved by God's free gift of salvation), and while I biblically disagree with some things they teach, I find "Verse By Verse" to be overall a very good teaching ministry when it comes to understanding context.
I recommend to begin studies in the New Testament starting with the book of Romans through Revelation, then Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts (understanding now the free gift of salvation in Jesus and your new identity in Christ), then the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi (again understanding the new covenant you are under by faith in the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ, as to not get confused with the old covenant under the Law Of Moses, etc.) "Verse By Verse" is also available in app format (both for iOS & Android):
Q: What Kind Of Church Should I Go To?
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NOTE: Though many will make excuses and call you judgmental; perhaps for fear of loosing their clerical job, being judged by others, fear you may get stuck in a house church cult with controlling unbiblical "leaders" (which is ironic since man-made denominations and most "church practices" are arguably cults by definition often led by authoritarian clergy and doctrines of man) or are just biased or doctrinally blinded themselves, much of what people consider as "Christianity" today are vain traditions of man which "quench the spirit," and are not biblical. To learn more about this topic and why "organic church" (as some call it) is biblical, read "Pagan Christianity! Exploring The Roots Of Our Church Practices" by CLICKING HERE.
(Note: I do not necessarily endorse all teachings from this book's author(s), particularly on salvation & evangelism.)
Examples of some false doctrines: Believe AND repent of your sins to be saved, repent of your sins to be saved, get baptized to be saved, go to church to be saved, give money to be saved, etc.
Examples of false religions: ALL OF THEM including Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islam, Hinduism, Atheism, Buddhism, Folk Religions, Sikhism, Scientology, New Age, Pantheism, Transhumanism, Transgenderism, Humanism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Gnosticism, Christ-consciousness, Judaism after the death of Jesus (circa AD 33), the other apparent 45,000 different denominations of Christianity (or so-called) and every other religion or spiritual form or technique to gain "enlightenment," hidden wisdom, or glorify man's achievements, etc.
Below is a recommended "Statement Of Faith." It is also a house church resource. I would clarify, however, that while I believe the King James Version is the most accurate English translation of the Bible we have today, the copies of the scriptures from the Received Text base (Textus Receptus) that were passed down from Antioch through the centuries before 1611 were still the word of God. The Bible didn't just appear in 1611. Also, the Bible lists no restrictions on any form of music IF it's not a stumbling block to pursuing holiness. That's a big "IF" for one to honestly ponder.
NOTE: If anybody says you are saved by any other way than by what Jesus did by paying 100% for your sins, it is a false gospel. You can't earn your way to heaven or pay for your sins yourself. One sin sends you to hell. How prideful to think one can pay for even one sin by any "good" action(s) (pride was the first sin; Lucifer thought he could be like God.) Only God can take away sin. Thank God for the mercy of what Jesus did by paying for 100% of your sins with HIS sinless blood.
Jesus, who was born of a virgin woman, who came in the flesh, who walked the earth about 2,000 or so years ago, who died for our sins and rose again to life, is the ONLY way to heaven. And the gospel is what Jesus did for you + Nothing. EVERYBODY that's ever been born can be saved from hell (the penalty of sin) if they believe the good news. Whether you are "worse" than Hitler or "better" than the world's greatest philanthropist, it makes no difference at all to God. ALL have sinned, ALL fall short of the Holiness of God; ALL deserve eternity in hell. ALL can receive his forgiveness by faith alone in the blood He shed for ALL sins.
Thank God that HE provided Jesus as a payment for our sins, but you can only accept it by believing it. It is a FREE GIFT you cannot earn; you accept it by faith alone in what Christ did for you alone.
You didn't "give your life to Jesus." Rather, Jesus gave HIS life for YOU. Know that if you believe, your sins are forgiven and that you are a new creation in Christ. If you are indeed a new creation in Christ by simple child-like faith in the good news alone, then renew your mind to learn your new identity in Christ and act accordingly while in this body.
Christians walk by faith, not by sight (feelings, emotions, opinions, experiences); no matter how "great" or even "Christian" that sight may appear, seem, or feel. Many powerful spiritual deceptions exist even in the name of Jesus Christ, but only ONE true way and that is the NARROW way through Jesus ALONE. HE is the door, none else; and HIS payment for our sins ALONE "gets us through the door" to eternal life with God.
Since it is also important to the function of Christian families and the church at large, relations outside of marriage (which is only between one biologically born male and one biologically born female) is unbiblical, as is divorce (except optional in cases of adultery.) Be assured, however, that if you are a believer, all your sin is forgiven when it was nailed to the cross of Christ, so we should try to reflect that in our everyday lives to glorify God and earn rewards in Heaven by putting sin to death while we're here on earth.
The other good news is that God will give believers an incorruptible body that can't sin after we leave this one. While in this body, be sober-minded, scripture-minded, not lofty minded being tossed like the wind by man's philosophies, politics, achievements, "swelling words" that seem noble, but are hollow of any saving, edifying or eternal truth, and any various forms of extra-biblical or biblical-interpretive "teaching," "modality," or "feeling;" which is a crafty deception from the devil and demons at work.