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10 Bible Verses Every New Christian Should Know

November 25, 2019
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Maybe this is your first time learning about God or trying to read the Bible. That’s awesome!

One of the ways you can learn more about God is by reading the Bible. As Christians, we read the Bible to learn more about God and to hear what He has to say to us.

Why? Because life with God is a relationship. How good are your relationships with people you know nothing about, or who don’t say anything to you?

That’s not how life with God is! He desires to communicate with you through prayer and the Bible. Are you ready for the adventure?

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What does the Bible Mean to a New Believer?

The Bible is God’s Word. It’s His great, true story of creation and His unconditional love for us. Bible verses for new believers can help reveal God’s character and His purpose. 

Throughout the stories, we learn about God’s heart for his people. We gain a deeper understanding of our need for a Savior. And, as new Christians read scripture, they can learn God’s wisdom and plan for their own lives.

These Bible verses for new Christians can help believers gain a firm foundation in God’s truth, His promises, and His unconditional love for us.

Where Do I Start?

The Bible is a big book, with 66 smaller books inside it. A good place to begin is with these 10 verses we’ve listed below. They are important Bible verses to reflect on as a new believer.

How Do I Read Bible Verses?

First of all, simply read the verses a few times. Spend time thinking about the verses and what they mean. Try to memorize them! Talk with God (pray) about how you can apply these verses to your everyday life.

You can look them up in a Bible, or get the YouVersion Bible app so you have them with you all the time on your phone.

Where You Can Use These Verses as a New Believer

Applying scripture to our everyday lives gives the Bible meaning for beginners. As we read God’s word more and more, we can carry it with us through any circumstance.

The Bible is full of joy, pain, failures, and success. No matter what is going on in your life, the Bible can offer wisdom and comfort.

So, take these Bible passages for new believers and write them on notecards, your bathroom mirror, tape them to your computer, or make them your phone’s lock screen. Allow them to always be on your mind and in your heart.

10 Bible Verses for New Christians to Know

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Let’s be honest - we like doing things our own way! But when we become followers of Jesus, we need to actually start following Him and trusting in His wisdom and teachings. This verse is a good reminder that God wants what’s best for us and will help guide us through life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him -John 3:16-17

This is perhaps the most well-known Bible verse, and for good reason. John 3:16 is a great summary of God’s love for us. He loves us so much that He gave His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus took our sin, took our place by dying for our sins, and He defeated death so that we can live forever with Him in heaven. That’s how much He loves us and wants a relationship with us.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23

If we could summarize the Gospel message in one verse, this is it. This is a great Bible verse to memorize and use when you have a faith conversation. Simply put, our lives were lost when we tried to do things on our own, but now God has given us eternal life through Jesus. There is nothing we can do to earn it. It is completely free, without conditions!

You can read more about how to use this verse when sharing about your faith here: How to Explain the Gospel Using Just One Verse

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

Now that you’ve started your Christian faith, life isn’t going to be perfect all the time. Life still happens! Your debt won’t magically disappear, your relationships stresses won’t necessarily change overnight.

But, we can hold on to the promise that God will work for your good. He wants the very best for you. We may not understand it in our limited view of life and short-sighted perspective of this world, but we can trust that God will work on our behalf as we live out our purpose.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9

New believers sometimes question, “What just happened? Did I really become a Christian? Am I actually saved?” This scripture reassures us all that if we declared that Jesus is Lord, and we believe the Gospel message that God raised Jesus from the dead, we are saved. We are promised eternal life in heaven with Jesus, where there is no more sickness, pain, or death.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! -2 Corinthians 5:17

This is another good Bible verse for new Christians. Before following Jesus, we probably developed some bad habits that we now recognize as sin. Now that you are a believer in Christ, you are a new creation! You have the power of Christ in you. You are made new! You have a fresh start on life and can live without past guilt or shame. Ask God to help you live a new life for Jesus.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23

This is an important Bible verse for new Christians because it shows us how we can live as believers. When we have a relationship with God, the Holy Spirit helps us produce good fruit in our lives. That good fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork,created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:8-10

We haven’t been saved because of anything we did. We can’t brag that we’re better than anyone else. Our salvation was a completely free gift from God.

God created us for a purpose. He created us with a purpose. We were created to do good works, to love God and to love others.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Most people ask themselves, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” As Christians, we ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” The Bible doesn’t necessarily tell you what specific career path you should take, but it does tell you God’s will for your life: Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks.

In any season of life, in any job, any neighborhood or school, God’s will is that we rejoice, pray, and give thanks.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9

When we become a Christian, we don’t suddenly start living a perfect life. We still struggle with sin. Every Christian sins -- we have all missed the mark. This verse is a reassuring promise that when we confess our sins to God, He will forgive us and cleanse us so that we can start fresh.

These 10 important Bible verses for new Christians are a great start to studying God’s word. They are full of God’s love and promises, and give us hope for our lives.

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