J. I. Packer shares 5 helpful tips for new Christians.
Following hard on the heels of resurrection week, I thought it’d be a good idea to share some advice for new Christians from J. I. Packer.
This advice comes from a short video Mike Anderson of The Resurgence did during a Christian booksellers conference.
[By the way, outside of the practical advice, my favorite part of this video is Packer’s soft-spoken Canadian accent.]
Packer recommends new Christians learn to love and adore the Bible. One way to do that is by reading it cover to cover once a year. Another good piece of advice is to tackle New Testament books John MacArthur style.
The best way to nurture the sense of being in God’s presence is through prayer. That’s why Packer encourages new Christians to get into the habit of praying at all times.
Next, Packer points out that new Christians should join a church. Why? Fellowship with other believers–whether in doctrine, deeds or doxology–builds a stronger, vigorous Christian life.
A new Christian should hunt down like-minded believers and talk about Jesus–his life, death and resurrection.
Packer ends his short sermon by pointing out that the new Christian has much to rejoice in: He’s found the secret to life. And that it will only improve from here on out.
Your turn: What other advice do you have for new Christians? What helped you on your Christian journey?
Are you a new Christian? If so, you may want to consider buying Packer’s book Knowing God. You can learn a lot from a man who’s been following Jesus for a long time.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts