This page contains a brief list of helpful resources on the Christian life for new believers who are starting out on their journey of following Jesus.
If you’ve repented of your sin and you’re trusting in Christ’s work on the cross and his resurrection from the dead, you are a Christian. So now what? What should you do in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead? Here are some practical suggestions as you seek to follow our Lord.
- As one pastor puts it in his open Letter to a new Christian, never grow tired of the cross, never move past the gospel of what God has done for you in Jesus Christ.
- Read your Bible, study the Bible, and pray as often as you can, every day if possible.
- Commit to a local gospel-preaching church. Christianity is not a individualistic, “Lone-Ranger” religion. We need other believers (Heb. 3:12-13; 10:23-25).
Books and Resources
In addition to those things, here are some books and resources about the Bible and the Christian faith that will help you reap large dividends in the Christian life.
New City Catechism. This catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at helping children and adults alike learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith via 52 questions and answers.
The Walk: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus, Stephen Smallman
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson
Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story, Michael Horton
What is the Gospel?, Greg Gilbert
Why Trust the Bible?, Greg Gilbert
Who is Jesus?, Greg Gilbert
Taking God at His Word, Kevin DeYoung
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy Keller
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
Basic Christianity, John Stott
The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
ESV Study Bible
Reformation Study Bible
Gospel Transformation Bible
Christianity 101: Free Online Courses
TGC Courses: Christian Foundations. The Gospel Coalition has provided several free online courses on discovering the gospel, exploring the Bible, navigating the Christian life,
For a more comprehensive list, check out our Recommended Reading List.