I’m Saved. Now What?
This page is designed specifically for those who have recently repented of sin (turned their mind away from sin and to the Truth) and trusted Christ. If you are trying to work your way to Heaven or if you want to know how to be in Heaven, please visit our Need God page; or email us. We would love to point you to Christ, for His salvation is precious.
If you are here because you have recently trusted Christ to be forgiven of sin, praise God you’re saved! God has not only called you from sin, but to His will. You need some help from God’s Word to live in the way to which He has called you.
There are four main aspects of obedience in the Christian life: Christlikeness, communion, evangelism, and supporting a local biblical church. We’ll quickly look at an overview of these four elements and then give some articles and verses to help in these aspects. However, the articles and tips we will look at may not be sufficient, because they are not personal and interactive. If you would like help for your personal questions, please feel free to contact us; we will be willing to recommend a local biblical church in you area and answer questions you have regarding the Christian life.
Christlikeness: The followers of Christ were first called “Christians” in the city of Antioch, because the citizens of that city said they were literally “little Christs.” That is what being a Christian means: representing the Saviour as He is absent from this earth. Here is the test for every believer: if you were the only representative of Christ that your friend had, what would he think of Christ? Sadly, in one way or another, we fall short of perfectly representing His grace and righteousness.
However, being newly saved, there is a way to outwardly express our identity with Christ. That is believer’s baptism (the word literally means ‘to dip’). This is what Romans 6:1-14 says regarding baptism: 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Basically what this passage is saying is that our baptism identifies us with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. That is what the full immersion signifies. Baptism does not save; but is does show that you no longer want to continue in sin, as every true believer wants. This is a foundational teaching in the life of the believer, for we are dead to sin. If you are sure of your salvation in Christ, seek to be baptized. Again, if you need any help, please feel free to contact us.
Communion: Salvation not only means being saved from sin and Hell, but it means having a personal relationship with God Himself. God even gives us the privilege of being called ‘sons’. That is an immense privilege, considering we were once haters of God in our attitude. In this relationship, we have the privilege of prayer (talking to God) and reading His Word (hearing from God).
When we neglect prayer, we neglect our source of strength. If you want to know how to be a strong believer, don’t neglect prayer ever. Make prayer and meditation on God’s Word a daily commitment, for it is only then that we are made strong. This is our source of Christlikeness, it is how we find God’s will, it is how we praise Him, and it is how we find rest in our trials throughout life.
Set a time of day when you can go to God and read His Word. You may be a morning person or an evening person; give God the time of day when you can give Him the most attention. And by no means neglect even one day.
It is interesting that every person who was used greatly by God (Moses, Paul, John, etc.) had a very close connection with God, a love for His Word, and a meek spirit. Every believer must gain these traits by communication with the Most High. What a great privilege we have!
Evangelism: Why are you looking at these words right now? Why are you saved? You say, “Because Jesus died for me, and I received that gift.” Yes, that’s true. How did you get to that point of wanting salvation? Paul puts it this way in Romans 10: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” It is a fact: people need to be saved. “How shall they then call on Him in Whom they have not believed?” If people don’t believe on Him, they will not call on Him. “And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard?” The people need to hear the gospel to believe it. (Here is the punchline): “And how shall they hear without a preacher?” It all comes down to us. We preach, the people hear, the people believe, and then they call. Where there are no preachers, there is no calling on the Lord. And where there is no calling on the Lord, there are eternal flames that await every unrepentant sinner. How important it is to preach! There are many many resources to help regarding this. If you would like suggestions, personal help, or any help regarding this, please contact us and look at the articles below.
The Local Church: There is a principle of reading God’s Word which is this: when God devotes a large amount of Scripture to a certain subject, it is of great importance to Him. The local assembly of believers is very near and dear to His heart, and we can see that clearly by its mention in Scripture. God has given us a clear pattern for the local church, and it is essential that we stay in line with it. Yes, the culture may change, but the Word of God and the principles of the assembly don’t. When people try to change what the Bible says about the church and the message we preach, it is almost like they think cultural change took God by surprise. Nothing takes God by surprise; and so we must stay faithful to His pattern, because it is precious to Him.
-Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
-John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
-John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”
-John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
-John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
-Luke 6:40 “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”
-Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Psalms 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
-Proverbs 15:8 “The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.”
-Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
-Romans 10:13-15 ” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
-Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-Matthew 9:37-38 “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;”
-1 Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
The Local Church:
-Acts 2:41-42 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
-Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
-1 Timothy 3:15 “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
-Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.“