Coming to Christ is an initial step you take to enter into an eternal commitment or relationship with Him. Now, you have to get to know Him and know who you have become…because the truth is that there has been a drastic change in you.
It’s just like when two people get married. The wedding ceremony is not all there is to the marriage. In fact, it’s just the beginning of an adventure of love, and knowing each other and exploring each other in all dimensions.
As a child of God, one of the principal means by which you will grow is through the knowledge of God’s Word. Your faith can only grow through the Word of God, because it is the Word of God that brought you into the faith in the first place (1 Peter 1:23). The Bible says, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:2). And elsewhere, the Apostle Peter notes, “As newborn babies desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby.” (1 Peter 2:2).
So exposing yourself to the contents of the Bible and teaching materials prepared by anointed vessels of God in the Kingdom is very vital for your spiritual development.
Maybe, you are already enrolled in a Foundation School class or New Believers School class or some class of some sort where you’re being taught the basics of your faith in Christ. This may well be the most important aspect of your spiritual development, so take it very very seriously. It is said that the most outstanding authorities in various disciplines all over the world are those who have mastered the elementary principles of their respective disciplines. If you will give yourself to know the basic truths of Christianity, you will really enjoy your Christianity and live in triumph all the days of your life.
Mind you, though you may have been enrolled in these classes, it is also important for you to personally make time to study the Word of God for yourself, along with sound material. Your salvation is an individual affair and so you must make a personal commitment to know the Lord for yourself and not just have a general knowledge of this Jesus you have met.
So, the following books are recommendations for you. They are easy-to- read and down-to-earth in their exposition of the truths about your new walk with Christ.
Of course, I must insist here that merely reading the books in a bid to have a theological perspective of Christianity can be disastrous, so endeavour to spend time to pray also as you read these materials.
1. The Gospel of John
You may call this book of the Bible ‘Jesus 101’. Its ultimate aim, the author says, is to the end that you will believe in the Name of Jesus (John 20:31). In essence, the purpose of the Gospel of John is to establish you in the faith. One thread runs through the entire book: believe in Jesus.
As you read, you will journey through the miraculous life Jesus lived and be awed by the amazing teachings of Jesus. Right from John’s testimony of Jesus’ deity (Chapter 1) through Jesus’ exposition on the need to be born again (Chapter 3), as well as His classic teaching on the Good Shepherd, Servanthood, the Holy Spirit, to the climax of His death and resurrection, you are sure to be transported to heights of glory you never imagined.
What about Matthew, Mark, Luke and the other books of the Bible? You can and must also read them, but as I have already indicated, the purpose of John is simple: for you to believe in the Name of Jesus (John 20:31).
So, if you have a Bible, flip over to John and start reading today. Otherwise, please comment below and let’s get you at least a New Testament.
When I was a teenager, I was invited to a special meeting after which the first timers were ushered to a special section and handed this book, Now that you’re born again. It is a simple book by Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome, D.Sc. D.D. In it, you will find out so much about who you are in Christ, including the fact that you are sanctified and justified. It’s truly a must-have.
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Recently, I met a gentleman and asked him whether he knew Reinhard Bonnke. He said “No.” I was amazed, considering he had been in Church since he was born. Well, this man, Bonnke, is an evangelist, who has literally seen over 78 million people give their hearts to Christ in open-air Crusades in Africa over the last 40 years as he preached the Gospel to them. And throughout all these meetings, each of these over 78 million people have received a copy each of this life-changing book, Now that you are Saved. I don’t have to say much about the book but it is highly life-enriching even though it’s just a couple of pages. There is a section, for example, where he talks about how to develop a healthy spiritual life by drinking water, eating, and exercising. Wondering how?
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So, back in the University of Ghana, in level 400, one holiday, there was this meeting held by the Zoe Christian Club at the University Bookshop. I was all the way at Elizabeth Sey Hall, and it was a holiday. I was not really obliged to be at the meeting but I decided to go. So about thirty minutes to time, I set off on foot and went for that meeting. I’m certain that it was one of the smartest long walks I have taken in my lifetime.
The leaders took us through some elementary teachings of Christianity and then when we were about to close, they gave us some cute books. I was excited as I always am when I see books, but little did I know that hidden in these small books were such enlightening words.
One of the books was Basic Elements of the Christian Life (Volume 1) by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. What a book! I read it once and read it again and have read it again and again. The authors discuss the Mystery of Human Life, The Assurance, Security, and Joy of Salvation, The Precious Blood of Christ, Calling on the Name of the Lord and The Key to Experiencing Christ- the Human Spirit. It’s truly a must-have.
You download your FREE e-copy here. And if you want access to more of their resources, you can visit http://www.lsm.org. They’re all free.
In one month of 31 days, you can go through this all-important book by Joseph Prince. As you journey through this 31-day journey, you are sure to experience God’s grace in a fresh way and walk in the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel.
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I wrote this e-book somewhere last year. I believe it’s so vital for believers to understand the tenses of our salvation. So, the book is basically in three parts- you have been saved, you are being saved, and you will be saved. This mini e-book will give you a firm grip on how to actualize who you are in Christ and set your gaze on expecting Jesus’ soon return.
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7. Key Facts for New Believers
Before I begin, let me give you a heads-up: I don’t have the e-copy yet; I only have some hardcopies…so if you want one, simply comment below and we can work out how to get you yours.
Also a simple book by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, this book details essential truths about faith, baptism, prayer and Church membership. It is a very practical guide and you must have a copy for yourself.
Get ready to grow!!!