Six Steps to Growing in Christ
Being under a Servant of God:
You now need to belong to a church congregation where you attend regularly. As a new believer in Jesus Christ you need to find a Church with an anointed servant of God. The word of God teaches us in Ephesians 4:7-16 that God gave gifts to the church in the form of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for edifying the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
In the local church you will be taught and equipped and given guidance in the things of God. You need to meet regularly with other believers for fellowship, prayer and teaching of the word of God. His word teaches us in Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” His word also teaches us not to forsake assembling together on a regular basis in Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Other believer will help, support and strengthen you as you leave behind old habits of bondage to the enemy Satan. His word says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
In the local church you will also be able to find like-minded believers with whom you can establish close relationships. The two most important things to influence your life are what you hear/ read and who are your close companions, who are the people from whom you take counsel. This does not mean you reject all non-believers, but it means you do not take counsel for life from them. They may be your teachers or colleagues in trade or school but not your role models for life.
From now on your strongest relationships must be with fellow believers. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 speaks about not being un-equally yoked with non-believers. If you remain un-equally yoked, sooner or later that person will impact you negatively. Proverbs 13:20 says: He who walks with the wise shall be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed. Psalms 1:1-3 also talks about the blessedness of a man who does not walk in the counsel of the un-godly nor sits in the seat of the scornful.