The fourth title is a pamphlet on the importance of Evangelism not to be
confused with the Basic Textbook with the same title.
In every discipleship case, your not going to be able to always follow-up a
person long enough and consistently enough to be able to teach them all the
principles set down in this textbook. but if the four books mentioned above are
established in the new believer, even if you cannot follow him up beyond this,
the second and third principles mentioned above will assure his eventually
learning the rest of the principles outlined in Chapter one of this Section.
Also, if the new believer does not learn how to cope and relate with weakness
and sin in his life in his relationship with Jesus on a daily basis, this one
problem alone will keep him from being able to go on to anything else because of
the unjustified condemnation that Satan will bring into his life because of his
ignorance in knowing how to deal with sin in his life on a daily basis.
But the question here is how do we go about properly
discipling a new Christian? By following the Principles set down in Section 2
titled, Relationship With Jesus the Key to Effective Ministry. This means
seeing every new believer as an individual with individual unique needs. And
since only Jesus knows the individual's constitution intimately and His purpose
and plan for his life individually, it is important that we do nothing out of
our own initiative in discipling the individual except what Jesus tells us to do
as a result of seeking Him through worship and praise and in Spirit and truth.
No two Christians grow at the same speed, so trying to force
every new believer through the same ten week crash program will not work. We
must teach the new believer the principles laid down in this Section only as
Jesus leads us to. Jesus said in the Gospel of John, "It is the Spirit who
creates-life; the flesh profits nothing. . . ." (John 6:63). Any efforts of
discipleship originating out of our souls will not bring about the change
intended. This is because the soul cannot create or transfer life to others,
only the Holy Spirit has the power to change manís soul. Any discipleship
efforts originating from the soul will only lead to religious strife. He will be
more knowledgeable but he will not be changed. However, discipleship efforts
originating from the Holy Spirit through our spirit will create and transfer
life to others and bring about the change in their lives it is intended.
Not only does self effort in discipleship lead to religious
self-strife in the new believer, but the Bible tells us that for us to act out
of our own initiative in discipleship is sin. Paul states in the book of Romans,
". . and whatever is not from faith is sin." (Rom 14:23).35
We have already well discussed in previous Sections that we are acting out of
faith when what we are doing is out of Jesus' initiative first and His
If any lasting meaningful change is to come about in the new
believers life through discipleship, it must come about as a result of love
relationship with Jesus through our spirits, not our souls. Whatever we do in
discipleship that is initiated by Jesus first through the ministry of the Holy
Spirit will have life changing power in it and will be ministered in love
because the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love.
If you proceed in discipleship in this manner, you will be guaranteed 100%
success in your follow-up so far as it depends of course on the free will
response of the individual you are working with. This also guarantees that you
will have fulfilled the part Jesus wants you to play in the individuals life in
the best possible way. When you follow Jesus' initiative in discipleship
training and His initiative only, the end result will be that Jesus will be
completely pleased with your part in it in each individual's life.