New To Christ?
The Biblical evidence that you have become a Christian is not that you said a prayer or believe in Jesus and His resurrection. It is not that you go to a particular church or are a member of a particular denomination. It is also not that you are a "good" person, do "good" works or are baptized. The Biblical evidence that you are a Christian is that you not only "confess and believe" (Romans 10:9, 10) but that you have repented (turned from your sin), as well as that you "bear fruit" (Matthew 7:15-20) and genuinely "know Christ" (Matthew 7:13-23). It's clear that there are occasional deathbed conversions and the thief on the cross was promised by Jesus Himself to be going to heaven, so I don't want you to misunderstand what I am saying. Not everyone has time to "bear fruit." We must look at the Bible as a whole, and this applies to salvation. It is clear that there are many people who believe they are going to heaven because they simply prayed a prayer or "believe," but that is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible says "even the demons believe" and believing in Jesus and His resurrection does not make a person a Christian. Unfortunately many churches have taught this heresy and I fear a great many people are going to hell because of this false teaching.
Here are some links to help the new believer. Some of the most important things to do are to read your Bible, find a good Bible-believing church where you can be fed spiritually (Heb. 10:25, 1 Th. 5:11), and get sin out of your life. Begin to develop a lifestyle of studying the Bible and prayer... "pray continually" as 1 Th. 5:17 states.
How to study the Bible: For Beginners (Bible.org)
Online Study Bible (Bible Gateway)
Online Study Bible (NET Bible)
Some Bible Study Tools (Blue Letter Bible)
10 Principles For New Christians (Living Waters/Way of the Master)
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