25 of the best Bible verses for new believers to know...
You did it. You made the most significant decision of your life and placed your faith and trust in Jesus alone for salvation. Welcome to God’s family! Getting connected to a faith family—a Bible-believing, Jesus-exalting church—is now a top priority.
But what can you do right this moment?
Maybe you own a Bible or can read one online. It is a great gift to have access to God’s Word. We do not take it for granted. Many believers worldwide do not have this freedom or education to read a Bible.
Yes, absorbing and acting on the truths of God’s Word with God’s help will grow your friendship with Him and change your life. You’re going in the right direction, my friend. (We can help you learn how to study the Bible on our resources page.).
But, there are timeless truths you need to know right now to trust Jesus not only for your eternity but also for your everyday life.
You have a new identity—a new purpose—a new way of living.
We do not want you to wait for weeks, months, or years to discover what God has to say about your new walk of faith. Many, many powerful Scriptures are essential for you to learn how to live as a Christian, but here are 25 Bible verses for new believers to learn now. We’ve spent years creating a 50 Day faith journey for new believers or those exploring Christianity.
Please know it was hard to select only 25, but these verses will give you a solid foundation to get started. We urge you to commit to memory the following verses as soon as possible:
1. You are forgiven and made new.
No matter what has been done to you, God can heal you. No matter what you’ve done, God can forgive you. You may not feel new. But when you turn from sin (repent) and follow Jesus as your Life Leader (Lord), you are spiritually made new immediately and physically made new eventually. Memorize:
2. You are not alone.
No matter where you go or how you feel, you are never, ever alone. Jesus is with you forever (Matt. 28:20), and the Holy Spirit never leaves you (John 14:16). God will never turn His back on you. Memorize:
3. You have a new identity.
Jesus’s love for us and our love for Him changes the way we see ourselves and our world. Jesus is not an advisor or something good to add to our life. He is our life (Col. 3:4). We now live for Him as His ambassador to spread God’s love to a love-starved world. Memorize:
4. Learn the “Great” way of loving
When asked what the greatest of the 613 commands in the Scriptures was, Jesus replied with a command to love. Yes, we are to Love God with all—our heart (choices/will), soul (emotions), mind (thoughts), and strength (actions). And, we are to love others as we love ourselves. Unlike all the world religions, your relationship with the One True God is built on love, not guilt, shame, or fear. We love well because Jesus loves us well first (1 John 4:19). Memorize the following Scripture referred to as the Great Commandment:
5. Learn the “Great” way of living
Moments before Jesus ascended into heaven, right before His disciples’ eyes, He gave a command. Called the Great Commission, we are to make disciples (believing learners), be baptized (if you haven’t done so, do that as soon as possible), obey, and teach others all of what Jesus commanded. This may sound burdensome, but it’s not. Jesus is with you, and following Him brings great joy. Memorize:
6. Lean on your Advocate, Helper, Guide—the Holy Spirit
At the moment of salvation, we are re-created—born again—by the power of the Spirit (John 3:5–8). The Holy Spirit comes to live in and through us. Love is His fruit. Love is the greatest gift He gives (1 Cor. 13). Love does not just come from God; it is God (1 John 4:7–8). When we surrender to Jesus’s leadership, love flows in us and guides us into truth. He helps us live and love well. You’ll discover later that you must yield yourself to the fullness of the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). For now, know you can invite His help and lean on His strength. Memorize:
7. Rest and receive all you need from God – Abide
As hours dwindled to minutes left with His disciples, Jesus instructed them repeatedly to abide in Him (also translated as “remain” in Him). Jesus used the example of a branch connected to a vine. We are like the weak branch connected to the pure vine—Jesus— who provides all we need. Think of abiding as togetherness or oneness with Jesus. It’s the idea that we live in Him and dwell with Him through all of life. (This is a critical lesson—not to be passed over. We have provided free video teaching on abiding here.) Memorize:
8. Your changed life bears fruit
Having faith in Jesus places us in a lifelong process of transformation. “Bearing fruit” is the evidence of change and the result of abiding faith. The Bible describes fruit in different ways: Christlike character (Gal. 5:22–23), righteous behavior (Phil. 1:11), praise (Heb. 13:15), and leading others to faith in Christ (Rom. 1:13–16). Jesus spoke about bearing fruit by our love for God and one another (John 15:9–17). Today, let’s focus on the fruit of our Christlike character, budding first in our hearts and then blossoming in our actions. One fruit, many parts, grown by the Holy Spirit in you. Memorize:
9. You will reap a harvest—evidence of a relationship with Jesus
Our lives genuinely change over time and eventually produce spiritual fruit. Bearing fruit is a precious gift God gives us to know we belong to Him. We do not have to wait to meet Jesus to know we have an authentic relationship with Him. But if change is slow, do not get discouraged. Keep getting nourishment from the Vine. Don’t give up. God will produce a harvest through you when the time is right. Remember, it’s not how far you have to go but how far you’ve come that matters. Memorize:
10. You are a masterpiece created for a good purpose.
Sometimes we are tempted to mistake the world’s view of success for purpose. We can be successful in a career or a hobby but not fulfill our purpose. Success is also not about fulfilling our potential. Jesus did not fulfill His potential on earth. After all, He was King of heaven and became a poor, humble man (Phil. 2:5–8). But He did achieve His purpose (John 17:4). That is our goal: to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. Our primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy our relationship with Him forever. We live this purpose each day in three fulfilling ways: Love and obey God. Love everyone. Make disciples. We all share this purpose, but we each fulfill it uniquely. God has given each of us different relationships, skills, resources, and places, so fulfilling this purpose will look different in each of our lives. Memorize:
11. Face trials with purpose
We might be tempted to think the whole world might follow Jesus if He made our problems disappear and our wealth grows, but then we might no longer have Christianity. Instead, we’d probably have terrible idolatry—people coming to Christ for what He gives, not who He is. Our testimony is often most potent when it seems that all we have is suffering, but we can still say, “Jesus is enough.” To fully embrace that truth requires faith and, sometimes, the experience of God holding us, helping us, and changing us through trials. It’s how we respond to those hardships that define our character and determine whether we grow or crumble. We can choose anger or joy, clenched-fisted control, or open-handed surrender. Our response to trials reveals the type of relationship we have with Jesus. As the Holy Spirit matures us through serving and sharing, He also matures us through suffering. Memorize:
12. God will use all of it for your good and God’s glory
Everything you face with God can be used for your good and God’s glory: The breakup. The lost job. The promotion. The betrayal. The sickness. The move. The loss. The new addition. When we connect to The Vine, everything that comes our way can shape us to become more like Christ. Consider the verses below. Verse 28 is often quoted alone, but verse 29 tells us what the “good” is for. Memorize both, so you avoid misunderstanding scripture:
13. Ask God for wisdom
Wisdom is a divine gift from God offered generously to those who ask (James 1:5). But often, we do not ask for it, so we do not receive it (James 4:2). When we spend time with God, when we read or listen to His Word, it becomes an opportunity to draw from His wisdom and strength. He guides our paths, our conversations, and our relationships.
14. God gives you an out from temptation
Jesus not only paid the price for our sin, but He also broke its power over us. We were once slaves to sin, but now we are free (Rom. 6:22). We can live for God, with God, and in God. Nothing will ever separate us from God’s love (Rom. 8:38). Not even sin. But sin still hurts. It hurts us and all our relationships, especially our relationship with God. Sin blocks our connection to the Vine. The fleeting pleasures of sin are not worth the sobering results of consequences, suffering, and loss. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can always make the right choice. Ask Him to help you resist the devil (James 4:7). Memorize:
15. Confess your sin
Sin is dangerous. Do not let Satan tell you otherwise. No physical pleasure, possession, or achievement in this life is worth breaking fellowship with God. But when you do sin—and we all do—confess and repent right away. When you CONFESS, you admit your sin and agree with God that it is evil. When you REPENT, you turn away from your sin and obey God by doing what is right. Memorize:
16. Release your anxiety and talk with God
If the enemy strangles you with anxiety, worship God by thanking Him, asking Him for help, and trusting Him with the outcome. Pray, “Jesus, You decide what is best,” and surrender all your burdens to Him because He cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7). The following memory verse holds the key to overcoming anxiety, worry, and stress—prayers of thanksgiving. Gratitude reminds us of who God is and what He has done. The next verse continues, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (v. 7). When we respond with worship, thankful for God’s greatness, our problems seem smaller in comparison. Memorize:
17. Release your pride
One of the most deceptive and common sins is pride. Sometimes people think too highly of themselves and do not know they have a problem. They may dismiss Christ’s righteousness as unnecessary, saying, “I don’t need a Savior or Life Leader. I am good enough.” Or, they think too poorly of themselves and dismiss Christ’s righteousness as too little, saying, “Christ’s work on the cross was not enough. I am too sinful. I must try harder to earn God’s favor.” Either way, pride makes us think too much of ourselves. We simply do not understand God’s grace when we’re so full of pride. We are offended easily, withhold forgiveness, and avoid wise counsel. Maybe that is why God talks so much about humility, commanding us to “humble ourselves.” Memorize:
18. Draw wisdom, correction, strength, and joy from God’s Word
Just as a daily rhythm of exercise and eating healthy changes us slowly physically, regularly studying the Bible gradually transforms us spiritually. Whether or not we’re aware of the change, we do strengthen our spiritual muscles. But unlike with physical food, when we fill ourselves with God’s Word, we never become too full. Our capacity for God’s Word expands, and we crave more of it. God’s Word is the only feast that can satisfy the hunger of our souls, help us resist temptation, and grow our love for God. Memorize:
19. Renew your mind
The principles in the Bible go against what the world promotes and our selfish desires. They are simply not natural for us, but they are essential for us to abide in Christ. Memorizing Scripture allows God’s thoughts to nest deeply into our souls to strengthen us, correct us, and encourage us. When that happens, we can make choices that go against our natural tendency. Our thoughts are radically transformed. Memorize:
20. Walk by faith and look to God for your hope
When tough times come (and they will come because we’re not home in heaven yet), we stand firm in faith and trust God. Your prayers may seem unanswered, but God may be protecting you or readying you. Either way, we must remember that the battle is not ours but God’s (2 Chron. 20:15). We can remind ourselves that this life is a “faith walk.” Memorize:
21. Trust God with all of your life
People may disappoint you, and you may disappoint others. We do not knowingly place others in a “functional savior” role or let others down, but sometimes we do. We may have unrealistic expectations for each other or look to others for what only God can provide. We must remember no one is perfect—only Jesus. Rather than look to the government, people, church, or ourselves to solve all our problems, we seek God first (Matt. 6:33) and place our hope in God alone. Let Jesus be your life (Col. 3:4), not an item on a to-do list. Then, watch as He directs your life. Memorize:
22. You are a part of God’s family—here and in heaven
Jesus is preparing a literal place for you—a place called heaven (John 14:1-3). It is sometimes poorly portrayed as a dreamy world of puffy clouds, harp-playing angels, and boring religious services. Nothing could be further from the truth. To understand heaven, we need to look in God’s Word, where it is mentioned more than 200 times in the New Testament alone. This heavenly country is described as an enormous place with beautiful gardens and a life-giving river, a massive city with jeweled gates and streets of gold (Heb. 11:16; Rev. 21). There will be homes, feasts, friendships, and laughter. But while we remain on earth, we are a part of a faith family to strengthen and encourage each other. The church is the family of God, not a building. The Bible calls this gathering of believers the body of Christ. Just as different parts of the body serve different functions but make up one person, we as believers make up the body of Christ. Joining and actively participating in a faith family is one of our highest priorities for prayer, biblical teaching, fellowship, communion, and more. We are designed for community. Memorize:
23. Remind yourself daily of the gospel
God’s grace—His undeserved lovingkindness—is hard to grasp and live out each day. We can be discouraged by the world’s turmoil, the enemy’s attacks, or our difficult circumstances or failures. We must remember that God’s grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9)—no matter what comes. We must not forget Jesus’s extravagant love displayed on the cross and remember God sees Jesus in us. We can never lose God’s love or earn it. Memorize (and remind yourself daily):
24. Take heart knowing Jesus is victorious!
Moments before Jesus’s betrayal, false trial, and gruesome execution, Jesus encouraged His disciples (and encouraged us) that He has overcome the world. Yes, trouble was coming for them all, but Jesus knew the end of the story. He knows the end of your story in Him, too. You are victorious. The next time evil or hardship strikes, remember Jesus always leads us in triumphal procession (2 Cor. 2:14). Memorize:
25. Worship God and give God all the glory!
Worshiping can seem easy when life is calm and going well, but when life is hard, worshiping can be hard too. When we suffer, we may not feel the goodness of God. Sometimes, all we feel is pain. But that very pain makes the praise of suffering hearts pure because it displays a fierce loyalty to God—a loyalty to Him alone and not simply loyalty to what He can do for us. Worship given despite discomfort is often free of selfish motives, and it sends the enemy running. Reminding ourselves of God’s grace brings peace, joy, and hope. Your perspective changes as you see the beginning through to the end of God’s great story—knowing your part in it. Our response is to glorify God in all we do (Col. 3:23) because Jesus is so worthy of it all. Memorize:
To help you commit to memory these life-giving and live-changing scriptures, we’ve created a Bible Verse Memory Card Printable for you (preferably print on thicker paper). Cut out each scripture memory card, make a hole in the top corner, and bind together loosely with a string to create a packet you can review regularly.
Bible Verse Memory Cards Printable
Best of all, Your True Story is a 50-day faith journey that captures everything new believers need to know starting out as a new Christian—including many of the life lessons shared in this article. This requested 3-in-1 book combines a Bible study, Christian handbook, and disciple-making field manual to cover the essentials of the faith:
Week 1: God’s Story—Discovering the overarching story of the Bible
Week 2: Your Story—Embracing your new identity in Christ
Week 3: Your Purpose—Fulfilling your life purpose
Week 4: Abiding—Staying Connected with God
Week 5: God’s Word—Listening to the Author of Life
Week 6: Prayer—Talking with the Author of Life
Week 7: Holy Spirit—Living Your Story in God’s Strength
Includes secrets of the Christian life, like how to abide in Christ, work through doubts, resist temptation, and worship God during seasons of suffering. Readers also learn how to study the Bible, share their faith, and make disciples. And so much more.
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