Sunday, July 8, 2018
Theme: The Relevant Church
Topic: The Imperative of Follow Up
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Today we seek to answer the question "How relevant is the church to a new Christian’s life?" In the Great Commission, Jesus did not simply instruct His apostles to baptize... He said "teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:20) He wanted them to follow up those who were baptized. Too often, once people are baptized they are left to simply drift back into the world or a state of apathy.
Follow-up means making sure new Christians understand their new relationships with God. They need to know how to grow in their relationships with Christ and multiply their faith to others. Apostle Paul followed up on Timothy until he was matured, and then instructed him to do same to others (2 Timothy 2:1-2). Follow-up creates a cycle of having new believers who will mature, and win souls who will grow into mature Christians also, and win more souls.
It is our responsibility to help cultivate the faith of that newborn believer. Imagine bringing your newborn baby home from the hospital, set her in the crib and say, “Okay, Sweetie, milk is in the fridge." The baby will not survive. Yet it's exactly what we do to new believers. Our attitudes towards new believers must change, if we will make impact. We must not lose consciousness of the fact that we are at different levels of maturity and therefore need different levels of nurturing (Hebrews 5:12-14).
1. Pray for the wisdom and grace to help others grow spiritually.
2. Pray for any new convert you know that he or she will grow in grace and favour before God and man.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)