It is amazingly exciting when someone comes to a new and real faith in Jesus. But what next?
The care they receive now is as important as it is to look after a newborn baby.
Far more important, though, is the discipling relationship. Make sure this new baby has someone (or a group of people) who are committed to meeting regularly and encouraging growth.
Note Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12: For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God who calls you into His kingdom and glory.
“Each of you” implies that each person received personalised attention.
“encouraging, comforting and urging” gives a framework for the intention of the relationship. Encouraging means building people up and inspiring them to keep going. Comforting involves people who are hurt in some way and making them strong again. It is a very gentle, caring ministry. Urging shows us that fathers don’t simply be gentle. They are ambitious for their children and always seek to inspire them to go further and aim higher.
“A life worthy of God” reveals the goal of this mentoring. It is highly exalted. This is not a casual life or a “she’ll be right” type of life. The disciple-maker wants to see the next generation live in such a way that it is worthy of God.
There are lots of resources on mentoring – far more than can be included on this site. Google “Christians mentoring” or something similar.
The Curriculum – What do growing Christians need to do?
Note that we have said “What do growing Christians need to do?” It is not primarily about knowledge but about obedience. Of course, some knowledge is necessary for obedience but the goal is obedience not knowledge.
Check out our curriculum section.
The relationship is more important than the resources but resources can be used in the context of a relationship to give it some structure and sense of direction.
Using the Bible
One suggestion though is to use the Bible as your primary resource. In particular, consider the potential of Discovery Bible Studies.