5 Vital Actions to do With a New Christian
A few years ago, when I was a youth pastor, our group did a skit about a young, married couple who just had their first baby. Sitting up in her hospital bed, the new mom was handed her baby boy to hold–daddy standing proudly at her side. As the doctor turned to walk away, the young mom spoke up.
“Wait! Where are you going?”
“Well, I have several other patients to tend to. Don’t worry–I’ll be around,” answered the doctor.
“But what are we supposed to do with this little boy? I thought we were supposed to give him back to you to take care of.”
The doctor gently replied, “No ma’am. That’s your job. You must tend to him, nurture him, protect him, and guide him. He’s your responsibility.”
Of course, we had a lot of fun with this skit, bringing in lots of humor. Hopefully, you see the correlation between it and what we, the Church, must do with the new believer.
Often in evangelism, once a persons believes in Jesus, he is left to grow on his own. While he may attend church, there’s no real discipleship in order to become a mature Christian. He needs to be nurtured and protected. Someone needs to guide him. He is the church’s responsibility for these things.
Here are 5 vital actions that must take place with every new believer:
1. Talk about assurance. Encourage him to memorize John 5:24. This is the perfect verse for assurance of our salvation. Assurance is not based on our performance as believers, but on the fact that we believe in Jesus for salvation.
2. Talk about growth. Offer to go through some kind of material for a new Christian. Begin where he is. Help him understand that God wants him to know Him better. Talk to him about prayer and studying the Bible. Encourage him when he reads things he doesn’t understand.
3. Talk about Baptism. Baptism has no saving value. Instead, it identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. It signifies the believer’s desire to walk with Christ. Here are a few verses in Acts where new believers were baptized: 2:41; 8:12, 36-38; 16:14-15, 30-33; 18:8.
4. Talk about church. Express to him the importance and joy of being part of a local body of believers for fellowship, worship, and growth. He needs other believers, and they need him. Hebrews 10:24-25 is a great passage that deals with this.
5. Talk about telling others. Teach him a practical way to share the gospel with others. Involve him in praying for one person with whom he can share. Have him watch you evangelize.
Remember, be patient with the new believer. He doesn’t have the years of maturity that you do. Loving and inspiring discipleship will bring about maturity in Christ!