Getting New Christians Started Off Right - Day 1
Every day of a new Christian’s walk with Jesus, they need clear teaching and encouraging mentoring. In this post, I transcribe the teaching from the plan for discipling new Christians found at NewStart Discipleship. This helps give new Christians a clear new believer Bible reading plan, along with a set of new habits for new Christians.
Here’s the transcript from day 1 of the NewStart Discipleship journal tool:
New Start Discipleship Day 01
Hey, welcome to New Start Discipleship Day 1! We are starting an epic journey through the Scriptures today and we are focusing on; Luke 1, 2 today, the story of the birth of Jesus.
Now, if you're reading this today, here's the thing that we're going to do each day, I'm going to focus on a particular aspect of this scripture to help you frame it alright? I can't go through verse by verse; I don't have enough time. So, I'm going to let it speak to you, let it do its job. But I'm usually going to try to frame the big picture and help you understand a key one or two things you need to know to be able to understand what's going on in this passage of Scripture.
In this passage of Scripture, in Luke chapter 1, 2, the key thing that I want you to notice first is chapter 1:1, in the verses right after that;
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who were from the first eye witnesses, and servants of the word.”
I want you to take a moment here and notice that Luke takes pains to point out that this is a real story seen by real people, alright. So, there were eyewitnesses. There were people who were there, they saw it, it wasn't an imagination. This is a long way away from some kind of once upon a time, in a land far away. In fact, look at verse 3;
“With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too, decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.”
So, he addresses this to an actual person, he's writing to a person named Theophilus, which means Lover of God. And he's writing it says, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught, okay. He's heard the stories he's been taught; he's become a Christian. And now Luke is like, I'm going to give you what you need to know all the facts. So, you can be certain that your faith rests on a solid foundation. That's very cool.
Because this faith is Christian faith, you're involved in. Is not pie in the sky, maybe someday, these floating feelings and imaginary stories. This is a real faith grounded in real people, grounded in real events that you're going to read about over the next little while here, over the next 50 days, you're going to read about things that actually happened. And that's what Luke is claiming right up front. And then he says;
“In the time of Herod, the king of Judea,”
So, he picks up on a particular time in history, a particular moment, and says, this is when this happened. And like I said a minute ago, this is a long way away from once upon a time in a land far away or long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, right? This is a long way from that. He is like, he's daring you to say, go check this out, go check it out, see if there really was a Herod, that ruled. See if there really was a priest named Zachariah of this family, in this part of the world, in this place. He's daring to check these things out. Because when Luke was writing this, there were still eyewitnesses alive, who had seen all these things, he went and interviewed them. So, he's daring you to go check it out.
So today, the first thing I want you to understand right off the bat, is that what you're going to read is not a fairy tale. It's a million miles away from that, it is the acts of God in history to redeem fallen people. It is the acts of God in history, to fix everything sin broke. That's what's going on here. And that's a powerful, powerful idea that we are basing our faith on what really happened.
So, when you read today, you're going to read the background of Jesus' birth and something that happened right before it, with a miraculous situation with John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus' cousin. And then you're going to read Luke 2, a very common story about the birth of Jesus Christ. And in those two things, you're going to notice a lot of details, a lot of personal information and private things that happened, a lot of the reason is, Luke went and interviewed those people. He was a careful historian. He went and talked face to face with the people this actually happened to, and he got the story directly from their mouth. And so, with that situation with that background, let's launch it. Let's read Luke 1, and Luke 2, the story of the birth of Jesus.
And one of the things since this is Day 1, I almost forgot to say It is this that I want you to make sure that you use your journal, okay? Use your journal, you can, maybe you already did, maybe you scan the reading, the QR code to get here. If you didn't, you can go purchase a journal at newstartdiscipleship.com/purchase. And if you are wanting to get a hold of one of those, please, by all means do that you can get it today, download your computer today. But if you already have one take time and write down what you noticed; this doesn't have to be what I noticed. It doesn't have to be what somebody else said you are to pay attention, you got to know what you noticed, all right. What the Lord is saying to you.
And then questions you might have, you might have a question today, there's some dramatic things here. And then what I'm thankful for today write down something can be as small as the warm sunshine, or a flower that you saw or as large as a giant answer to prayer or as your family or whatever else that you are thankful for today, and then write down something that you're asking God to help you with today. And then the prayer there that goes back to praying back to the Lord, the things that he talked to you about today.
And so, the meditation question, take the time to do that, and it meditate over those things and God's gonna bless you today. Let's get started on the rest of today.
To get this valuable tool for training new Christians, you can check out this free 1 hour disciple making training called “How to Be 100% Ready to Disciple New Believers (And Multiply Disciple-Makers!)” that is coming up this week.
Darrell Stetler II is a pastor in Oklahoma City, and loves Jesus, disciple-making, his family, and Oreos (although not equally).