KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 15:36 “And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do”.
Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch to teach the brethren there for quite a long time. After a while Apostle Paul suggested to Barnabas, “…. let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord and see how they do”.
Paul decided that they followed up on the brethren. A soul won is not a task finished until that individual has become a disciple. There is the need to maintain a constant contact with that individual or group of people to bring them up to become disciples. The Lord said in John 15:16 “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 the father in my name, he may give it you”. The fruit must remain. A child brought into this life cannot remain if it is not carefully attended to.
There is no rewards for you, if a soul won does not remain, to finally make it to heaven. This is the need to effectively disciple him or her so that one can be sure that this individual would make it to heaven.
This brings me to the following working definition of a disciple. It is as follows ” One becomes a disciple when he becomes stabilised in the faith and has an ongoing commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and has developed the basic disciplines of Christian living and service, so that the lifelong maturing process is guaranteed as much as is humanly possible “. From this definition the work of discipleship is laid out.
1. The convert must be stabilized in his faith. He must receive teachings that makes his faith in Christ to be firm
2. Must develop a commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ: should be taught and enlightened on the need to be to surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
3. Must develop the basic disciplines of Christian living and service like prayer, quiet time, bible study, fellowshipping with other Christians, giving, fasting, evangelism, and sacrificial giving etc. He must be taught and made to practice them.
When he or she develops these disciplines and practices them personally, without any special supervision, his maturity would be guaranteed as much as is humanly possible. Do all these with a consistent prayer for him or her.
I pray for all new Christians to be established in their faith, and live such that they would not fall back into sin again. In Jesus name I have prayed.
Matthew 28:19-20 ” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.
John 15:8 ” Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so, shall ye be my disciples.”