CONGRATULATIONS!

YOU’VE MADE A DECISION TO FOLLOW JESUS AND YOU’VE ACCEPTED HIM INTO YOUR HEART AND YOUR LIFE. YOU’VE ALSO JOINED A DINNER PARTY, SIGNED UP FOR BEGIN, AND ARE WANTING TO START BRAVE LIFE.

THOSE ARE JUST A FEW WAYS THAT WILL HELP YOU GET MORE PLUGGED INTO COMMUNITY AND HELP GIVE YOU DIRECTION ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.

WE WANT TO ALSO GIVE YOU A STARTING GUIDE OF SORTS TO HELP YOU GROW THIS RELATIONSHIP. BELOW ARE SOME SIMPLE EXPLANATIONS OF HOW TO READ YOUR BIBLE AND HOW TO PRAY.


A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS IS SIMILAR TO ANY OTHER RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE. THE MORE TIME YOU SPEND WITH SOMEONE, THE CLOSER YOU ARE TO THEM AND THE GREATER BOND YOU HAVE WITH THAT PERSON. IT IS THE SAME WITH JESUS. HOW WE SPEND TIME WITH JESUS IS THROUGH PRAYER AND READING THE BIBLE. THIS IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS “DAILY DEVOTIONS”.

YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS IS A PERSONAL TIME THAT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. ALTHOUGH CHURCH IS IMPORTANT IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, JUST ATTENDING CHURCH ONCE IN A WHILE WILL NOT KEEP YOUR RELATIONSHIP STRONG; THIS IS WHY DAILY DEVOTIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT.

WE OFTEN ENCOURAGE THOSE NEW THIS DECISION TO DO SOMETHING WE CALL “THE FIRST FIFTH-TEEN”. THAT CONSISTS OF 5 MINUTES OF WORSHIP, 5 MINUTES OF READING THE BIBLE, AND 5 MINUTES OF PRAYER. KEEP IN MIND THAT IS JUST A SIMPLE STARTING POINT. YOU CAN SPEND MORE TIME THAN THIS. TRY TO INCREASE THAT TIME EACH WEEK.

YOU CAN DO YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS ANYTIME YOU WOULD LIKE EACH DAY, HOWEVER IF YOU HAVE THE TIME TO, DO IT BEFORE YOU START YOUR DAY AS THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO GIVE YOUR BEST TO JESUS BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE.

I HAVE A BIBLE, BUT WHERE DO IS START?

FIGURING OUT WHERE TO START READING YOUR BIBLE CAN BE A LITTLE INTIMIDATING, BUT DON’T WORRY, WE WILL GIVE YOU A SIMPLE START GUIDE AND ROAD MAP OF HOW TO READ YOUR BIBLE.

READING A PHYSICAL BIBLE IS GREAT BECAUSE IT ELIMINATES DISTRACTIONS, BUT IF YOU FORGET YOUR BIBLE AT HOME OR LOSE IT, YOU CAN TAKE THE ENTIRE BIBLE ON THE GO WITH YOU WITH THE “YOU-VERSION BIBLE APP”. THIS APP ALSO HAS READING PLANS THAT WILL HELP YOU STAY ON TRACK AND REMIND YOU TO READ YOUR BIBLE. THIS IS A GREAT TOOL TO HELP YOU ALONG.

BELOW, IS A QUICK LAYOUT OF THE BIBLE.

OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS:

GENESIS – EXODUS: BIBLE STORIES OF THE FIRST PEOPLE GOD CREATED. (EASY READING)

LEVITICUS – DEUTERONOMY: LONG LISTS OF OLD TESTAMENT LAW THAT WE’RE NOT REQUIRED TO FOLLOW TODAY. (VERY DIFFICULT READING)

JOSHUA – JOB: LONGER, MORE COMPLICATED STORIES OF THE ISRAELITES (GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE) AND THEIR “ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN” RELATIONSHIP WITH FOLLOWING GOD. (MODERATELY DIFFICULT READING)

PSALMS – ECCLESIASTES: QUICK, GENERAL BIBLICAL ADVICE FOR GODLY LIVING. (FAIRLY EASY READING)

ISAIAH – MALACHI: MORE STORIES OF THE ISRAELITES (GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE) AND THEIR “ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN” RELATIONSHIP WITH FOLLOWING GOD WITH PROPHESY MIXED IN. (FAIRLY DIFFICULT READING)

NEW TESTAMENT BOOKS:

MATTHEW – JOHN (ALSO KNOWN AS THE GOSPELS): BIBLE STORIES ABOUT JESUS’S TIME ON EARTH. (VERY EASY READING)

ACTS: BIBLE STORIES ABOUT THE EARLY CHURCH. (VERY EASY READING)

ROMANS – JUDE: LETTERS FROM EARLY CHRISTIANS TO THE CHURCHES, ENCOURAGING AND INSTRUCTING THEM IN THEIR FAITH. (EASY READING)

REVELATION: A VISION OF WHAT THE END TIMES WILL BE LIKE. (DIFFICULT READING)

NOW THAT YOU HAVE CONTEXT ABOUT EACH BOOK IN THE BIBLE WE RECOMMEND READING IN THE ORDER BELOW.

BEST ORDER TO READ THE BIBLE:

  1. JOHN

  2. MATTHEW – LUKE

  3. ACTS

  4. ROMANS – JUDE

  5. GENESIS + EXODUS

  6. PSALMS – PROVERBS

  7. JOSHUA – JOB

  8. ISAIAH – MALACHI

  9. LEVITICUS – DEUTERONOMY

  10. REVELATION


WE ALSO RECOMMEND TAKING YOUR TIME WHILE READING. DON’T RUSH THROUGH IT JUST TO FINISH A CHAPTER OR BOOK, INSTEAD ASK YOURSELF QUESTIONS THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE READING.

ASK YOURSELF QUESTIONS LIKE:

  • WHAT IS THIS PASSAGE MAINLY ABOUT?

  • WHAT DOES THIS PASSAGE REVEAL ABOUT GOD/JESUS?

  • WHAT DOES THIS PASSAGE REVEAL ABOUT HUMANKIND?

  • WHAT MESSAGE OR KEY POINT IS THE WRITER TRYING TO EXPRESS?

  • HOW DOES THIS SHORT PASSAGE FIT IN CONTEXT WITH THE REST OF THE CHAPTER?

  • ARE THERE ANY LESSONS I CAN LEARN FROM THIS PASSAGE?

  • ARE THERE ANY CHANGES I NEED TO APPLY IN MY LIFE AFTER READING THIS PASSAGE?

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HOW DO I PRAY?

PRAYER IS SIMPLY TALKING TO GOD. IT’S SIMPLE, BUT SO POWERFUL.

“THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE WE HAVE IN APPROACHING GOD: THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE HEARS US. AND IF WE KNOW THAT HE HEARS US—WHATEVER WE ASK—WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE ASKED OF HIM.” 1 JOHN 5:14-15

“THEREFORE I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU ASK FOR IN PRAYER, BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED IT, AND IT WILL BE YOURS.” MARK 11:24

“DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERY SITUATION, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD.” PHILIPPIANS 4:6

THE BEST WAY TO START PRAYING IS TO JUST TALK TO GOD THE SAME WAY YOU WOULD TALK TO ANYONE. START BY THANKING GOD FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE. EVEN IF YOU FEEL YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH, YOU CAN THANK GOD FOR THE BREATH IN YOUR LUNGS AND GIVING YOU LIFE.

WHEN YOU PRAY, ANYTHING THAT YOU ARE FACING OR GOING THROUGH, VOICE THAT TO GOD. HE ALWAYS HEARS OUR PRAYERS. UNDERSTAND THOUGH THAT GOD IS NOT A “GENIE IN A BOTTLE”. HE DOESN’T JUST GRANT OUR EVERY PRAYER. GOD ALWAYS KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR US AND KNOWS WHAT WE CAN HANDLE. SOMETIMES, WE CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THE THING WE ARE PRAYING FOR. DON’T BE DISCOURAGED IF YOUR PRAYERS AREN’T ANSWERED… YET. EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN GOD’S PERFECT TIMING. TRUST IN HIM AND HAVE FAITH FOR EVERY SITUATION.

PRAYER IS ALSO A TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION. DURING YOUR PRAYER TIME, TAKE TIME TO JUST STOP TALKING AND LISTEN TO WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY. GOD SPEAKS TO YOU THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS INSIDE OF YOU WHEN YOU ACCEPT JESUS INTO YOUR HEART.

LASTLY, PRAY ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE. THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT PRAYER IS THAT YOU CAN PRAY ANYTIME, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. YOU DON’T NEED TO SCHEDULE AND APPOINTMENT, WAIT FOR A CHURCH SERVICE, MEET WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN PRAY ON YOUR BEHALF, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. AS A CHRISTIAN, YOU HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO GOD.

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I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

NEED SOME CLARITY ON SOMETHING? JUST HAVE A QUESTION OR TWO AND YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOME ANSWERS? WE WOULD LOVE TO HELP OUT AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE DECISION YOU MADE, PRAYER, READING THE BIBLE, OR ANYTHING REGARDING YOUR NEXT STEPS AS A NEW CHRISTIAN.

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