Basic Guides to Spiritual Growth
HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT I AM A CHRISTIAN?
Lets suppose youre having a really bad day. Youre late for school, you
flunk your big test, your sweetheart breaks up with you, and the coach is all over you at
the practice before the "big game." How do you know that Christ is still in your
life? Lets take a look at what God says in His Word.
1. A PROMISE OF CHRIST
Read John 1:12.
Write out John 3:16
Who is speaking?__________________________________________________
Who is being spoken to? ____________________________________________
What does Christ promise? __________________________________________
What do you have to do? ____________________________________________
What does it mean to believe? ________________________________________
If you believe, can you be sure of having eternal life?________________________
Do you think Christ would lie to you or mislead you?_________________________
Why or why not? ___________________________________________________
2. TWO KINDS OF LIVES
Read 1 John 5:11-13.
What are the two types of people mentioned in verse 12?
Do you know, without a doubt, that you yourself have the Son? ________________
If you have the Son, what else do you have? ______________________________
What kind of life do you have? (verse 11) ________________________________
What is eternal life? ________________________________________________
(A life in relationship with Christ now on earth and with Him for eternity)
Can you know for sure that you have eternal life? (verse 13)___________________
3. THE SHEPHERD AND SHEEP
Read John 10:27-28.
Who is the Shepherd? ______________________________________________
Who are the sheep? ________________________________________________
Who is holding on to whom? __________________________________________
4. THE LOVE OF GOD
Read Romans 8:38-39.
Is there anything that the author left out that could separate you from Gods
Why is it so important that nothing can separate you from the love of God? ________
5. RESPONDING TO HIS PROMISES
Read Hebrews 13:5-6.
What has God promised to Christians? (verse 5) __________________________
Because of this promise, what should your attitude be?______________________
6. DO NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS
The promise of Gods Word, the Bible not your feelings is your
authority. The train diagram below illustrates the relationship among fact (God and
His Word), faith (your trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result
of your faith and obedience). (Read John 14:21.) The train will run with or without the
caboose. However, the caboose cant pull the train. In the same way, as a Christian,
you cant depend on feelings or emotions, but you can and should place your faith
(trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.
7. ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
How do you know that Christ is in your life?
If you have invited Christ into your heart as your Savior, you can be certain that:
1. Christ is in your life.
2. You have eternal life.
3. Christ will never leave you.