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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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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