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What is the first step any new Christian should take to learn more about what they believe? Dr. John MacArthur explains what new Christians should do to learn more about what they believe.

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  1. What???  This is exactly what I plead with people to do. I'm not kidding, when I started reading the Word of God, I found out for sure what the Bible actually says, planted it in my mind daily, and now I can tell if someone is saying something wrong to me.  I have never heard a preacher or teacher say this before.   It honestly shocked me lol.  Awesome.  That is what changed my life, being in the actual Word of God.

  2. Why? Who? Misguided foolishness. No god, no son, no spirit. There are some excellent books, lots of excellent books, by Pratchett, Niven, Asimov, Heller, Westlake. they are very entertaining and far more instructive about humanity than a religious book.

  3. Start at the beginning so you know who everybody is and what things have happened. Read it according to the Torah portions. That's not overwhelming and is what your Messiah did, every year, year in and year out. Then you will understand why certain things are not further explained in your "New Testament"–because everyone was already familiar. Don't be like the 89 out of every 100 Christians who have never read their bible clear through.
    And then when you find out that the Sabbath is Saturday, that there's no Christmas or Easter, that there are animals which are Toxic Waste Disposal Units and not to be made into "food", when you find all that out, don't go to your pastor.

  4. Read The Gospel of John first, then the rest of the New Testament in order. That is the best strategy. I think it was put into perfect order! John will reveal Jesus. Acts will reveal the gift of the Holy Spirit. Romans will reveal Christian doctrine and how the Holy Spirit functions in the believer's life.

  5. Study the Bible, start here:
    Without the Resurrection, Christian doctrine is void.

    Yet, there are so many contradictions and flaws in the


    Who went to the tomb?

    Matthew 28:1 2 Marys Mark 16:1 2 Marys & Salome

    Luke 24:10 5 women John 20:1 Mary Magdalene

    Was the tomb open when they arrived?

    Matthew 28:2 No Mark 16:4 Yes

    Luke 24:2 Yes John 20:1 Yes

    Who was at the tomb when they arrived?

    Matthew 28:2-7 One angel Mark 16:5 One young man

    Luke 24:4 Two men John 20:11-12 Two angels

    Where did Jesus first appeared to the disciples?

    Matthew 28:16-17 Galilee

    John 20:19 & Luke: 24:33-37 Jerusalem

    Did both thieve revile Jesus?

    Mark 15:32, Matthew 27:44 Both thieves reviled Jesus.

    Luke 23:39-42 Only one thief reviled Jesus.

    Where did Jesus tell his disciples to go after his


    Matthew 28:10, Mark, 16:7 Go to Galilee.

    Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4 Stay in Jerusalem.

    When Mary returned from the tomb, did she know

    Jesus had been resurrected?

    Matthew 28:7-8 Yes Mark 16:10-11 Yes

    Luke 24:6-9, 23 Yes John 20:2 No

    How many disciples did Jesus appear to in this post

    resurrection appearance?

    1Corinthians 15:5 the Twelve? (why 12, Judas was

    already dead!).

    Mark 16:12-14, Luke 24:33-37 Two disciples in

    Emmaus, later to eleven.

    Matthew 28:16-17, Luke 24:33-37 Eleven.

    John 20:19-24 (Judas & Thomas were absent) Ten

    What day and what time was Jesus crucified?

    Mark 14:12 On the day after the Passover meal.

    John 19:14 The day before the Passover meal.

    Mark 15:25 9 AM. Some translations say, the third hour.

    John 19:14-15 Noon. Some translations say, the sixth


    How many days and nights Christ was in the grave?

    Matthew 12:40, Acts 10:40, Luke 18:31-33 three days

    and three nights.

    Mark 16:2, Matthew 28:1, Luke 24:1, John 20:1 less

    than two days.

    Were the disciples frightened or glad when they saw


    Luke 24:37 frightened John 20:20 glad

    Did Mary Magdalene recognize Jesus when he first

    appeared to her?

    Matthew 28:9 Yes John 20:14 No

    Did the women tell what happened?

    Mark 16:8 No

    Luke 24:9 & 22-24; John 20:18; Matthew 28:8 Yes

    What were the last words of Jesus?

    Matthew 27:46-50 My God why have you forsaken me?

    Luke 23:46 Father into your hands I commend my spirit.

    John 19:30 It is finished.

  6. Get introduced to the SAVIOR,read the Book of JOHN,then listen to the Christian radio listen to all the ministries that comes on what ever ministry set a spiritual fire stir up in your spirit that's the church GOD want you to attend so you can grow there by ,one plant one waters but GOD give the increase,never stay away from the WORD of GOD even if you fail keep putting off the sin that so easily beset us,keep going in CHRIST.

  7. I put forward that someone should put first a love of the truth and righteousness. If you don't put a love of truth and righteousness first you could read whatever you want and you are lost to the great delusion.

  8. With respect, I think the first thing should be going to a good church. If revelation didn’t come by private interpretation, then neither does our understanding of the Scriptures. This happens in the fellowship of fellow believers under the hearing of the word of God as it is preached and taught and obeyed. Faithful teaching should and will lead to personal reading of the Scriptures, but without that foundation, I think you risk going very quickly down private paths of interpretation. New Christians need to be taught by the mature; they do not need to be self-taught. Just as a newborn is not left to find milk on its own, so spiritual infants should not be immediately turned out to fetch the milk of the word on their own, in isolation. God has designed spiritual growth to occur in the context of the church, as Paul indicates in Ephesians 4. So that is where new Christians should be first of all.

  9. Read and read your Bible new Christians, even if it's not translated correctly or altered on purpose.
    Did Christ tell those people who believed in Him to go home and read their scriptures for days and years on end ? I don't recall Him doing so. At least this man suggests reading the Book of John which is a book many pastors avoid completely.

  10. John MacArthur is NOT a Christian, but rather a 'trinitarian'.
    I say this with ALL due respect and in the name of the one and only Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    He/they believe in False Roman Catholic gods called, 'god the Son', and 'god the Holy Ghost'.
    NO such gods are in the word of God. (KJV) PERIOD/FACT.

    Of a Truth, there is only one Almighty living God and he is a Spirit, a Holy Spirit. His name is Jesus Christ, and he came IN the flesh, and he was manifested IN the flesh, INSIDE the human body of his only BEGOTTEN Son.
    (this is WHY his BEGOTTEN Son is called by his Father's name)
    Spirit and flesh, Spirit and flesh, Spirit and flesh.
    God is a Spirit (a Holy Spirit) and God was manifested IN the flesh.
    Jesus Christ the Son of man is a man. (a human being, obviously!!!)
    Almighty God (who is a Spirit) is INSIDE that man.
    God was IN Christ.
    In him, (the man Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
    'God and man'. God is INSIDE the man.

    There is NO 'trinity' or 'trinity of gods'.
    Just one God and one man.
    God is IN the man.
    God was manifested IN the flesh.
    God was IN Christ.

    He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

  11. This is the same guy who says you can take the mark of the beast and still go to heaven??? Nothing could be further from the truth….. (Revelation 14:9-11) And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of his holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: This is heretical…….

  12. it was the first step 1 year before I got saved. When I was 16 I started to read the Bible every day and the puritans. Prayer and The Word is God's way to lead us to Christ. I tried to do better and work my way to salvation. It took a year to become total lost and deserving of Hell.

  13. Was saved about three months ago. Baptized in early December 2019. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and discouraging to listen to sermons directed at mature believers. Every sermon is a salvation check, and if you’re not like pastor X or Mr. Christian you feel like you aren’t saved.

  14. All new christians please pay full attention to my message. I was a born again christian for over 20 years. I finally had my eyes open to the deception of all man made religions. Save your sanity, save your time, and save your money…stay away from religion. The bible is made up, jesus is a deception. He was not god…humans made him god in their mind and writings. I can save you years of wasting your time. Go enjoy life. If you want to fornicate, just do it. Do what feels good.