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The Time Is Now!

Section 5, Chapter 9

How to Disciple A New Christian

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1) First, start off by asking the New Christian how his week has been.

What has been happening in your life since you accepted Jesus?

2) Second, start your time of study with prayer.

3) Third, Establish Assurance of Salvation by sharing the following with him:

CW: John, do you know how we know that the Bible is Godís only Word to man? I mean, how do we know it is Godís Word to man and that all other religious books of the world are not?

John: I do not know

CW: The Apostle John gives us the answer in the second chapter of the Gospel of John. The Jewish leadership has just asked Jesus what his basis for authority is for cleaning out the temple and for what He claims about Himself. Jesus tells them in response in verse 19, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." When He said this he was referring to the temple of his body. After He did die and lie in a warm grave for three days, Jesus rose from the dead physically Alive! When he did the Apostle John tells us that it had the following reaction on him and the other disciples of Jesus:

"When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the Word which Jesus had spoken." (John 2:22).

John, while Jesus was still alive, even His disciples had doubts about the literal historical reliability of the Old Testament and the literalness about what Jesus claimed concerning Himself. He did not just claim to be the Messiah, but also Yehovah Elohim God Himself in the flesh. They didnít allow themselves to accept the full reality of these claims, yet at the same time they could not explain away his miracles so they continued to follow Him. It was not until after He physically rose from the dead that His disciples came to believe that the Old Testament was literal historical truth and that what Jesus claimed about Himself, the New Testament, was literally true. That is how we know that the Bible is absolutely true truth and absolutely the only recorded Word of God to man. No other religious founder ever came back from the dead to confirm that they were from God and that what they wrote and claimed were Godís words. Jesus did. That is how we know that Jesus is the only way to God and that the Bible is His only true Book to base our lives, salvation and cultural society on.

Now the reason I have shared all this with you is to emphasize the point that because Jesus proved the Bible is absolutely Godís Word and absolutely true, therefore whatever it says is absolutely true. So lets go to the Word and see what it says is the only truth about eternal life.

What it says about eternal life is found in 1 John 5:11-13. John tells us,

"And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life: He who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that YOU MAY KNOW that you have eternal life."

John in this passage tells us that God the Father testifies about the only thing which determines whether or not You and I have eternal life and that is by whether or not we have His Son, Jesus Christ, living inside of us. Do You have Jesus Christ living in You?

John: Yes.

CW: Do You have eternal life?

John: Yes.

CW: How do You know?

John: Because Jesus Christ lives in me and God the Father tells us that to have the Son is to have eternal life. Also, Jesusí Resurrection from the dead confirms that what the Bible teaches about eternal life is true. That is how I know that I have eternal life.

Obviously your conversation with the New Christian will not go exactly like this, but in this first appointment, this is what you want to convey and get the New Christian to affirm in his own words. In your first appointment your main concern is to give the New Christian assurance of salvation by explaining to him why he does have eternal salvation until he himself can verbalize back to you in his own words why he does.

4) Fourth, ask him to share with you what he has learned through his reading Jesus Is the Answer to Your Needs.

5) Fifth, ask him if he followed the instructions on how to establish a daily feeding on Jesus and His Word, and if yes, what has the Lord led him to do as a result?

6) Sixth, ask him what Jesus ministered to him this week during his feeding on Jesus and His Word.

7) Seventh, ask him how Jesus ministered to him on Chapter 5 titled, Weekly Feeding On Jesus Through Fellowship. If not already established, ask him if he has a Church where he fellowships regularly? If not, in light of what he has learned, what are his plans in that direction. Feel free to invite him to your Church until he decides what he is going to do about Church.

8) Eighth, ask him if he has any other questions on this weekís reading assignment.

9) Ninth, ask him if he has been reading the Gospel of John. If he has, ask him to share with you what he has been learning in his reading.

10) Tenth, hand him a copy of Understanding Your Salvation in Jesus to read for the following week. The importance of this book is that it will teach him what the Bible teaches about our salvation in Jesus and who Jesus is. The importance of this is it will protect him from false Gospels and Christian cults and their false teachings on Salvation and who Jesus is.

11) Eleventh, establish when you will meet next to go over the next lesson and where.

12) Twelfth, close with prayer. Ask him if he has any personal needs. If so, pray for him and his needs.

13) Thirteenth, call him during the week to see how he is doing. Answer whatever questions he has and pray for any present needs that he has.

14) Fourteenth, try to get him involved with you in some of your Christian social activities to help him make contact with other Spirit-filled Christians so he can begin to establish a circle of Christian friends.

15) Fifteenth, write a letter like this sample letter titled Jesus Is The Answer To Your Needs which reaffirms what you covered in this week's lesson.

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