How to disciple new Christians: Transcript of NewStart Day 23
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 23:
New Start Discipleship Day 23
Hey welcome to New Start Discipleship. It's day 23 and we are in James 1 and I Peter 1. James is a powerful practical book, just kind of helping you see the ethical life kind of practical implications of being a follower of Jesus. And I want to notice one specific thing. There's a lot of good stuff in James 1. But I wanted you to notice just one or two things. First of all, he says to;
“Count it all joy; consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds”
As a new Christian, that is an incredible, incredible idea and perspective that you can count it as joy. Why is it that we could do that? It says;
“Because the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
The idea is kind of like a working out, right? So counted all joy when you're working out and it's hard and you're sweating and it's like I can't know if I can get this up or not the reason when you're bench pressing something too heavy for you, what's happening is yeah it's breaking those muscles down but they're going to come back stronger, right? And that's what happens when we break down muscle and it comes back stronger that workout. He's saying when you go through trials that same thing is happening to you. That's the workout, that's the power of the gospel is producing in you, perseverance.
And then he says, if anyone lacks wisdom, you don't know how to count it all joy just like I don't even know how to do that? Ask God, he'll give you the wisdom generously to count it all joy, okay? So, if you're going through something hard right now and if you're not right now, you will soon, right? It'll be your turn and if you're going through something hard or you do and in the days that are coming, ask God for wisdom to count it as joy, alright? And he'll help you do that he'll help you give that's a beautiful, beautiful promise. One of the things I want you to notice in verse 22 it says;
“Don't merely listen to the word and deceive yourselves. Instead do what it says for anyone who listens but doesn't do what. It says, is like someone who sees his reflection in the mirror and then goes away and forgets what he looked like”
Right? so the idea is that, he's got somebody you get up in the morning and you look and you're like whoa, you look in the mirror like God, man I look like a mess my hair is standing up and then you walk away and forget and go to work, right? And everything still looks just like it did when he got out of bed, not a good plan, right? He's saying the word of God's like a mirror, you see for a moment what you're truly like, right? You see what your heart is like, you see what sin is, you see what righteousness is, you see clearly for a few moments when you're looking at the word of God. Don't go away and forget what you saw, right? That's a crucial, crucial attitude to come to the word of God with.
The next thing is I Peter 1 and there's a beautiful passage, beautiful chapter there and he starts off by praising God for our living hope. He says we are living; he has given us new birth into a living hope. This is 1:3, 1 Peter 3. I Peter 1;
“A living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; we do not have a dead hope we have a living hope a living savior Jesus”
And he says that;
“You are through faith”
“You are in through faith you are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that's to be revealed in the last time”
You are kept through God's power. This is a very important thing. I want you to understand that you are not kept by your power. Do we need to obey? Certainly. Do we need to walk with God? Absolutely. Is it possible to reject Christ and decide I don't want this anymore; I want to walk away? Yes, it's possible to do that.
However, I would tell you, you're not in danger of falling away at any moment and not realizing it. Some people act like you can somehow get up in the morning and you like you don't feel like you're saved, right? You're like well what happened to my salvation it's like I was here yesterday and now it's gone. I don't know what happened. Listen, you are kept and shielded by God's power. God is watching out for you, and He has started something great in you and He's not going to easily just give it up and pass by you, okay? He's keeping you in powerfully doing that.
Now, I want you to notice one more passage just jumped down to verse 15 he says of it let's go with first 14;
“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you live in ignorance because but just as He who called you is Holy. So be Holy, you be holy in all that you do for it is written; be Holy for I am Holy”
This is a beautiful passage about the Holiness of God and how he wants to reproduce it in us. I want you to start today by longing out, we have a lot more to say on this later but I want you to start today by longing to be like God. He didn't just die for you, so that He could give you some eternal fire insurance. He died to produce in you, His own character, His own self. That's beautiful alright. I’ll see you tomorrow.
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).