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Being a Christian is not about doing or saying the right things. It is about a vital, personal relationship with God. As you start out, you will probably have questions-and maybe even some doubts-about this relationship. The responses to the questions below will help you work through these issues. How do I know that Christ is in my life? Jesus assures us many times in the in the Bible that if we put our trust in Him and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, He will be faithful to respond and enter into relationship with us. > _“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)_ > _“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3:20)_ If you have prayed and invited Jesus to be the centre of your life, you have no reason to doubt that He will do what He has promised. Do I have eternal life? The Bible promises eternal life to every person who receives Jesus Christ.__ > _“The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”_ (1John 5:11-13). God has said, _“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”_ (Hebrews 13:5). On the basis of this promise, you can know that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him into your life. How can I grow as a Christian? Spiritual growth results from trusting in Jesus Christ. “The righteous man shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life. To help facilitate your spiritual growth, practice the following: G – Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7) R – Read the Bible daily (Acts 17:11), beginning with the Gospel of John. O – Obey God moment-by-moment (John 14:21) W – Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19, John 15:8) T – Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7) H – Holy Spirit: Allow Him to control and empower your daily life (Galatians 5:16, 17; Acts 1:8) Why do my feelings about God keep changing? You might have expectations about how you should feel after placing your trust in Christ. While feelings are important, they are unreliable indicators of your sincerity or the trustworthiness of God’s promise. Our feelings change easily, but God’s Word and His character remain constant. The promises of the Bible, not our feelings, is our authority. The Christian lives by faith in the trustworthiness of God and His Word. > _“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”_ (Matthew 24:35) Originally posted here: http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/growaschristian/

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1 Marianne E = "Growing as a Christian is a process of expansion of the self: mind, body, soul. It is a process of expanding awareness of God and the purpose God has for each one to become the person God has created. Sometimes that awareness comes only through doubt, honest questioning, willingness to sit with the doubt and watch for the answer. Being too sure of what an answer will be is anathema to growth in Spirit. Doubts and questions are answered in meditation and prayer, through study, through others - what goes on in life and the people that one encounters. As we live open to God, despite the doubts, we see God in everything and everyone. Jesus looks at us through the eyes of the other, and we love by serving Christ, that Christ who is looking at us. Another aspect of the Christian growth process is the joy that can permeate one even in the darkest times. Looking at that little glow of light, that love shining, will affirm whose one is."
2 Sarah R = "The author of Hebrews quotes this verse from Deuteronomy 31:6."
3 Sarah R = "I would add one more to this list: be active in a local church. Just as a soldier doesn't go into battle alone, we are not meant to live the Christian life alone. Being involved in a Christian church (and I do mean involved, both attending and SERVING) can make a life or death difference in our faith. We all have times of troubles and doubts and stress, and we need a Christian community around us to encourage us in the faith.Hebrews 10:24,25, "and let us consider how to encourage one another to love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.""
4 Sarah R = "Coming to belief in Christ for the first time is like falling in love. The emotions are high and our devotion is deep. But just as the "falling in love" feeling in a relationship eventually fades, so does the first blush of faith. A relationship lasts only if those feelings develop into committed love, and the same is true of faith. "