How to Disciple New Christians: NewStart Day 46
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 46:
New Start Discipleship Day 46
Hey there, welcome to New Start Discipleship. It is day 46 and we're in Daniel 1, and through chapter 4. So, here's where we are in the context of the overall story of the Bible, right?
So, God's people, Israel, coming up through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, have moved into the land, they've been brought up by Moses, they moved into the land God sent to them and given to them. However, they fell into sin after the death of Moses and Joshua, and there's an up and down season, where they go through with judges and all of that, then they say, we want to King. God gives them a king.
And then you have David and Solomon, these famous, powerful well-known kings. And then the nation goes back into this very up and down, but mostly down situation. In the year 722 BC, about 700 years Before Christ, 720 years Before Christ, the nation, the Northern Kingdom, the 10 tribes that had followed Jeroboam son of Nebat they fall into, they've never been, they've had horrible times, and no-good kings at all. And they are destroyed by a Syrian 722. And the Southern Kingdom, two tribes, specifically with Jerusalem, where the temple is of Solomon and all that they survive a little bit longer.
If you remember, we just talked about Jeremiah, and he's a prophet speaking, and God tells him, I'm going to send you into exile, I'm going to cause you to be conquered and taken away into a foreign land. And it happens in 586 BC, not that long, you know, 100 years plus, after the fall of the Northern Kingdom, the 10 tribes, the fall Jeroboam, the Southern Kingdom falls to. And just like Jeremiah had prophesied, in fact, it's before Jeremiah's life even ends, he actually is in prison for a period of time and sees all of these things happen that he had prophesied.
So, in the book of Daniel, we have the life of one of those who was taken, alright? He was conquered in 586, with the others by Nebuchadnezzar, they're dragged off to the to the country of Babylon, city of Babylon in that Empire. And so, it's a very, very difficult time. It's hard. There's not a lot of celebration, there's really, really, it's the judgment of the punishment of God. It's horrible time in many ways. And they are the smartest and best are dragged away to Babylon in exile. A few people are left behind kind of the poorer and less educated and weakest of people to kind of till the land, keep the wild animals from overrunning it, but the temple is destroyed, Jerusalem is torn down, the gates are burned, it's a bad, bad moment for God's people. In that kind of context, you have Daniel, Daniel was one of those who was well educated and very intelligent. But he also loved the Lord with all of his heart. And so, there's a powerful story here of God's faithful people in the middle of exile, alright?
So, they're sent away they're dragged away to Babylon, but some of them stay faithful to the Lord and Daniel is one of those people. And God uses Daniel powerfully. Daniel is one of the few people in Scripture that nothing negative is ever said about. He's a man of faithfulness and integrity. And you will see in this story, Daniel 1-3, you'll see some powerful stories, also a powerful story of three young Hebrew men who were in those, the group of intelligent ones and their faithfulness to the Lord in the face of a pagan culture.
Now, I want to tell you, that in the face of a pagan culture, in the face of a wicked world around us, that doesn't share our values, right, that doesn't understand the values of the kingdom that we live by, you and I can be faithful to the Lord in the middle of that. And we should ask God for the grace to be faithful, in the face of that the grace and the courage to stand our ground and not worship the idols of this world. They they're no longer idols that the world around us no longer worships idols that are carved images so much, but they worship a thousand idols.
In fact, John Calvin said, the human heart is an idol factory. We make idols to worship, will worship sports and money and power and nation and a thousand other things, sexuality and work, and marriage and family in a million other things anything good any good thing that becomes a god thing that becomes a bad thing. And so today ask for God for the grace to be faithful like these guys were. God bless you. see you tomorrow
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Darrell Stetler II is a pastor in Oklahoma City, and loves Jesus, disciple-making, his family, and Oreos (although not equally).