In the Message of Christianity, I ended by saying that we need older, more experienced Christians to be personally involved in the lives of new Christians. In this Discipleship Orientation, I want to explain why this is important.
In Hebrews, chapter 11 verse 6, the Bible says “and without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
God wants us to have faith, but it is possible for us to have no faith. It is possible for a Christian to lose their faith in God. It is possible for a Christian to stop trusting God. We can stop believing in the promises God made. We can stop serving the Lord.
We can read the Bible, attend Church, sing worship songs and completely lose touch with God. This is why the Church has been involved in Crusades, The African Slave Trade, The Inquisition and more events that are unworthy of the name of Jesus Christ.
The New Testament contains a lot of warnings about this, but in order to keep this simple I will only share one of them with you. In the Revelation, chapter 3 verse 20 Jesus Christ speaks to His Church and says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
Can you imagine Jesus Christ standing outside of His Church in the street, knocking on the door, calling to the Christians inside asking for permission to come back in? There have been times in the past when this happened, and an unbelieving world simply finds it unbelievable.
How can we prevent this from happening?
Well, God’s strategy to avoid this is known as discipleship. We need older, more experienced Christians supervising younger, less experienced Christians. We need older, more experienced Christians to encourage younger, less experienced Christians when they do what God considers to be good, and we need to discourage them when they begin to “lose their faith” and wander away from God.
This website exists so I can show you how to bring them back when you see them wandering away. Having said that, I think this would be a good time to explain my basic strategy. In 2 Timothy, chapter 2 verse 2 the Bible says “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
This verse is a summary of my basic strategy. Imagine having a group of men in your local community who could take responsibility for the next generation of believers. For those of you familiar with the practical aspects of the American Church, I am recommending a modified version of a Sunday School program.
Imagine having one “class” where people could talk about doing evangelism, and coordinate their prayer time(s). Imagine having a different “class” where people could ask questions and search for answers about what kind of book the Bible is. Imagine having a third “class” where people could learn more about the existence of God, the knowledge of God and the attributes of God.
Imagine having a “class” where people could learn more about the Universe, gender roles, as well as angels and demons. Imagine having more “classes” about Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church and Eternity.
Imagine having a “class” for each book of the Bible, for Church History, and for the Biblical languages. Imagine having this kind of teamwork available in every town and city around the world.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for…” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV) and I hope that we can make what I am describing here a reality, but it will take a level of teamwork and an amount of sacrifice that the Church (at the time I am sitting down and writing this) is unwilling to make.
I am going to describe it here in some detail as a gift to the Internet generation, collecting resources from different places on the Internet to help you get started working in your local community.
(to be continued)
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