Monday, July 9, 2018
Theme: The Relevant Church
Topic: Grounding A New Believer
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Grounding a new believer is work. It takes a lot of effort and commitment to get a new convert established. Following up on a new convert will drain your energy, time, and even finances. Pretentious people cannot survive the work involved in following up. Grounding believers is a very important part of ministry, and our churches therefore need to believe God to have people with the passion for follow-up.
Jesus Christ emphasised the importance of grounding new born believers when He encouraged His disciples to bear fruit (win souls) and let the fruit remain (establish the souls) (John 15:16). Grounding converts was part of the apostle Paul's labours (Colossians 1:28-29). He won souls, helped them mature, and then sent them out to win more souls and take care of churches (Acts 14:23).
Proper follow-up should be of primary importance to any congregation. Apart from the motive of securing a soul for Christ, we should think of the potential souls they would also bring to the Lord if they had matured into faithful and committed believers! May God grant us the grace to nurture souls into maturity.
1. Pray that God will stir up in us the passion to nurture new converts.
2. Pray for anybody following up on a new convert that God will give them grace to keep going, and may the Holy Ghost strengthen them and keep them from discouragement.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)