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Getting Started, Getting Connected



You accepted Jesus as your Savior, now what should you do? This book answers this question, helping guide you through the first weeks of your walk with Jesus.

In its pages you will learn about baptism, reading the Bible, praying, sharing your faith, joining a church and small group, and being confident of Jesus’ love.

These practical Bible-based truths will transform your life and prepare you for an exciting, growing relationship with God.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 86 pages.

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Do You Know Jesus?

1   Rest Assured in Your Salvation

2   Be Baptized in Water

3   Read the Bible

4   Develop Your Prayer Life

5   Join a Small Group

6   Share Your Faith

7   Looking Ahead


Small Group Leader’s Guide

Tips for Leaders

Step-by-Step Meeting Plan

Discussion Questions


I accepted Christ. Now what?

After becoming a believer, you may have no idea what to do next. That’s normal. You may think that praying the “sinner’s prayer” is all there is to being a Christian. If you go to church, you may find yourself confused. It can seem as if people are speaking in a different language — ”Christianese.”

This Bible-based book can help guide you as you begin your walk with Jesus. You will learn life-changing truths about God’s love as well as daily practices to help you keep growing closer to him.

Of all the relationships you will ever have, your relationship with Christ is the most important. May he speak to your heart and draw you closer to him as you read these pages.


Read answers to common questions new believers ask —

  • I keep sinning. Am I really saved?
  • I struggle with doubts. Does God get mad at that?
  • What does it mean to be baptized?
  • I get confused when I read the Bible. What should I do?
  • My mind drifts when I pray. How can I stay focused?
  • How can I make genuine Christian friends?
  • I feel awkward sharing my faith. What’s a good approach?


Discover how to —

  • Rest assured in your salvation
  • Be baptized in water
  • Read the Bible
  • Develop your prayer life
  • Join a church and small group
  • Share your faith


This book is reader-friendly

The chapters are short. Each chapter can be read in about thirty minutes.

The writing is easy to read. Text is broken into small sections. Bullets and subheads make key points stand out.

“Make it personal” questions in every chapter help you understand each point and make plans.


Use this book for individual or group study

This book can be studied by individuals, small groups, and discipleship classes. Chapters and discussion questions are designed for a six-week study.

A small group leader’s guide is included at the end of the book. It gives instructions on how to lead a group, as well as week-by-week discussion questions.


This book is part of the “Growing in Christ” series

You can study this book on its own. In addition, you may be interested in the other books in the “Growing in Christ” series. The three books are:



In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:

  • Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
  • Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.


This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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