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How to Train a Disciple. Follow‑Up. Disciple Making Begins with Evangelism. If we work only with Christians in disciple‑making The net gain to the kingdom of God is zero The mark of the committed disciple - aggressive evangelism

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How to train a disciple

How to Train a Disciple

Follow‑Up


Disciple making begins with evangelism

Disciple Making Begins with Evangelism

  • If we work only with Christians in disciple‑making

    • The net gain to the kingdom of God is zero

    • The mark of the committed disciple - aggressive evangelism

  • The fruit of evangelism = people to choose your Timothy to disciple


Follow up spiritual pediatrics

Follow-up Spiritual Pediatrics

  • 1st step in disciple‑making process is evangelism

    • Engage the enemy in combat and set the captives free

  • 2nd step is follow‑up

    • Spend time with a new convert to see that he grows and matures into the likeness of Jesus Christ

  • Spiritual Reproduction

  • Spiritual Pediatrics

    • The care and protection of a spiritual infant until they grow and provide for themselves


A father s heart

A Father’s Heart

  • The Bible teaches us that God has a father’s heart - Isaiah 40‑66

    • Jesus taught us to refer to God as “our Father”

  • Importance of Follow‑up

    • Relating to the young Christian the loving concern that our God has shown toward us

    • A baby being left alone without proper care – shocking!


Fear of becoming involved

Fear of Becoming Involved

  • Many are afraid to become involved in follow‑up

    • They feel inadequate

    • They do not think they know enough to become a spiritual parent

  • Feelings of inadequacy are quite normal and probably will never leave

    • No parents feel they have all the answers while raising children

  • Follow‑up – basic guidelines


Ensure proper care deal with trouble areas

Ensure Proper Care & Deal with Trouble Areas

  • Waylon Moore’s oldest child

    • Born with lung membrane disease – prevented oxygen from mixing with the blood

    • Children born with this disease usually die – 10% chance of survival

  • Grateful they had the most qualified pediatrician in the city taking care of her

    • Immediately put her in isolation

    • Took every precaution to make sure she lived

    • By God’s grace, she did, and today she is a healthy young woman

  • The care and concern the doctor gave

    • A beautiful illustration of the involvement required when dealing with new Christians


Go over the plan of salvation

Go over the plan of salvation

  • 1 John 5:11‑12

    • “And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life”

    • Every person who has the Son has life

    • Ask the new Christian, “Where is Jesus Christ tonight?”

    • Wherever else they say Christ is, they should also say that Christ is in their heart

  • An illustration

    • A pencil inside a Bible - Bible representing Jesus Christ and the pencil, eternal life


Go over the plan of salvation 1 john 5 11 12

Go over the plan of salvation 1 John 5:11-12

  • Many Christians live in a fog of uncertainty

    • They do not understand what the Scriptures teach so they lack assurance of salvation

  • Proper growth and development

    • Only come when the new Christian knows with assurance that he is a child of God for all eternity


Pray for him

Pray for Him

  • Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-20

    • 2 great prayers of Paul deal with their growth and maturity

    • Most NT prayers deal not with the unsaved, but with the growth and maturity of new Christians

  • Prayer is the hardest work for a Christian!

    • Yet, it is the most important part of follow‑up

    • Simply pray for your new Christian the same prayers that you find in in Ephesians

    • Study the New Testament prayers and use them


Pray for him1

Pray for Him

  • Think through the areas in where you are having difficulty

    • Then pray for others in these matters

    • ‘There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

    • All of us fight the same temptations and have the same basic needs


Visit soon frequently after their decision for christ

Visit soon & frequently after their decision for Christ

  • Particularly important immediately following conversion

    • Satan regroups and counterattacks!

    • The new Christian is particularly vulnerable

    • He does not understand the nature of spiritual warfare

    • He does not know the great truths in the Bible that can help him through trials and temptations


Visit soon frequently after their decision for christ1

Visit soon & frequently after their decision for Christ

  • First 10 days of a child’s life - mother with him constantly

    • The older the child becomes, the less frequently she needs to see him

    • Also true in the spiritual life

  • Most significant ministry with a new Christian = encouragement!

  • Let him know

    • He is now a part of the family of God

    • You are brothers in Christ


Ensure a proper diet

Ensure a Proper Diet

  • When a baby is born, we bear the responsibility for feeding them regularly

    • Not when we want to but when they want to be fed

    • Often at the most inconvenient times

    • You do not ask them to manage for themselves!

  • What is the proper spiritual diet for a new Christian?


A consistent quiet time

A Consistent Quiet Time

  • Mark 1:35

    • “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

  • Begin each day

    • A brief period of fellowship with the Lord

    • Spiritual nourishment for the day

    • Include a time of prayer and some time in the Word


A consistent quiet time1

A Consistent Quiet Time

  • Help him to be consistent with his quiet time

    • Meet once a week for two months

    • Begin with a short period of time with the Lord

    • Better 7 minutes with the Lord every day and stay with it, than to begin with 1 hour every morning, and then quit in discouragement


Bible reading

Bible Reading

  • 1 Peter 2:2

    • “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby”

  • Start with a small portion from the New Testament or Psalms

    • Read a paragraph or two

    • Meditate on it

    • Circle one verse that is particularly meaningful

  • Do this for 6 mornings - on the 7th morning, review the six favorite verses

  • Pick out the one that is the favorite among the favorites

  • Write on a small card and memorize


Bible study

Bible Study

  • Acts 20:32

    • “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

  • The most important goal of follow‑up

    • Teach them how to feed themselves from the Word of God


Bible study1

Bible Study

  • Learning how to feed themselves from the Word of God seems like work at first

    • They will be tempted to quit trying

    • Work closely with them, encouraging them

  • In the early weeks of learning how to do Bible study

    • Prepare the lesson with the new believer

    • Then have them prepare a study on their own

    • Meet with a group who also have done the study

    • Share their results and learn from one another


Ensure love and affection

Ensure Love and Affection

  • Love is the one thing it is impossible to give people too much of

    • If a child is deprived of love in the early years of his life, they may never be able to truly understand what it means to love and be loved

    • One of the basic needs in life is to be loved and wanted

    • Envelop the young Christian with love!


Invite them to your home

Invite them to your home

  • Meals are a good event

    • Make them feel a part of the family

    • Make them always feel welcome in your home

  • 1 Corinthians 16:15

    • “Know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints”

  • Claim this verse for our own home!


Involve them in the warmth and fellowship of the church

Involve Them in the Warmth and Fellowship of the Church

  • Hebrews 10:25

    • “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the day approaching”

  • The special chemistry of believer’s fellowship

    • Your friends become their friends

    • They will observe other believers and to adopt their lifestyle as their own

    • Their old life can be discarded, and a new life can begin to form


Take them with you

Take Them with You

  • In Mark 3:14 it is written of the Lord Jesus,

    • “And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach”

      • Travel together

      • Take vacations together

      • Play sports together

      • Do things together

  • Proverbs 27:17

    • “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”


Ensure an atmosphere of acceptance

Ensure an Atmosphere of Acceptance

  • 1 Peter 4:8, “Love covers the multitude of sins”

    • All children desire to be able to talk to their father about any subject without fear of being misunderstood or reprimanded

  • Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy

    • We all feel inadequate in our relationships

    • It all turns out well by adding this ingredient called “love”

    • Stick close by the disciple and love him as you would love a member of your own family

    • God will do the rest


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