So you shared the Gospel and someone accepted Christ. Now what do you do?
”…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
In chapter 24 of A Spirit-Empowered Life, I found that making disciples is easier than I imagined. It’s informal. No classroom, reading list, or lecture series is required.
Remember your first day in the job. Did you walk in and immediately get to work? Probably not. Most aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of a specific job.
How do you learn? Where I work, they put you with someone with more experience. If it’s me, then I’ll show them the basics of how to do the job. Then I’ll show them the tricks I have learned to make it easier on me and everyone else.
It’s the same with training life-long followers of Jesus Christ. You share what you learned of the basics (doctrine) and how you have applied it (experiences). Prepare them by sharing how you got through your doubts. Also, tell them the highlights when you saw God move in your life.
Be accepting of their questions as well. Bounce thoughts and questions off each other. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” It is the same principle.
Classes and sermons have an important place, except we’re not supposed to be Christians only one day a week. Get in Bible study and Scripture Engagement at home, too.
Let your curiosity lead you so it’s not a chore. Time in the Bible isn’t supposed to something you check off a to-do list. It’s a way to get to know God better. Don’t forget to talk to Him, either. I normally constantly chatter in silent prayer. I am only formal if I am praying for someone or something.
I’ll close reminding you and myself that it’s very important to have a Godly mentor who’s further ahead of you spiritually to walk with you. I encourage everyone to get involved in serving and helping others as well. That will help your growth as well.
What has worked for you in the past or currently as you follow and lead? Who is/are your mentor(s)?