KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:19 BBE “Go then, and make disciples of all the nations, giving them baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:”
Dear child of God your maturity as a Christian demand that you disciple others. Unfortunately, many Christians have a Christian life of home church and work. There is nothing like extending their frontiers to others, by visiting them in their homes as well. Acts 20:20 says “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house”. Apostle Paul says he taught them publicly and from house to house. Everyone of us must be committed to the house-to-house ministry as well.
We learnt from our last study that for new babies to grow well and strong they must be free from all diseases.1 Pet 2:1 lists some character diseases as Malice, guile, envy, hypocrises and evil speaking. Teach the new believer that, as a child of God he is a new creature, the old is passed away, everything has become new (2 Corinth 5:17). Teach him to know that he is free from every life of sin and therefore must not permit any of these traits to remain in his life (Rom 6:6,14).
Many new Christians, normally experience a difficult time in growth because these negative tendencies are not well dealt with.
One of the most powerful instruments in our members to control one’s actions is our tongue. When an individual knows how to use his tongue very well, the bible says he will successfully control his whole body. James 3:2.
The tongue is a very small member yet it can direct the affairs of the whole body. Teach him or her to keep telling or saying to himself that he is a new creature in Christ and the old life of malice, deception, envy and the rest are no more in his life. He also says, he is the righteousness of God (2 Corinth 5:21), filled with love, truthfulness, appreciation of what God does through and for others. He says further that ‘I do not speak evil about myself or others in anyway (1 Peter 3:10)’. Any new believer who starts speaking this way, sets himself up to lead a very successful life in Christ. There may be some new Christians with certain unique problems yet, by prayer, love and the word of God they will soon respond positively to God’s word.
From this point, teach the new Christian the various ways of taking in the word of God. Introduce him or her to having his or her quiet time every day. Explain to her or him that the quiet time is a devotional moment of praise, prayer reading through a passage of the scripture and meditating on what was read. He must daily ask himself what have I learnt from this passage? What actions do I have to take concerning what I have learnt? Teach him to write down some of the things he learns. He then should pray about what he has learnt. An average quiet time should take about 30 to 45 minutes. These days there are a number devotionals posted on the social media network. He may stick to one or at most two very good teaching devotionals, for his or her quiet time. He may just read others to inform himself or increase his knowledge in the things of God. You the teacher may, help the convert choose a good devotional material to be used.
Father, I receive the ability to care for every new convert I win for you. I commit myself by your grace to be a good establisher of souls.
THOUGHT: A BABY WILL GROW WELL IF WELL TAKEN CARE OFF.
James 3:2 ISV” For all of us make many mistakes. If someone does not make any mistakes when he speaks, he is perfect and able to control his whole body.”
1Peter 3:10 ISV “For the person who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”