We all have (or should have) a passion for sharing Christ with the world and helping people to pass from darkness into light, from death into life, from perishing into thriving. At the same time, we should not let our zeal get the best of us. Our job is not to convince people to follow Christ. Our job is not to convict people or twist their arm (or persuade) into "getting saved." Our job is simply to present the gospel, to present Jesus Christ as He really was/is. At the same time, we need to present the costs to the person we are sharing the gospel with. Dishonest salespeople will present all the benefits of something without presenting the problems that can be encountered. We are not about trying to sell the gospel to people. That is not our job. We must present the gospel: the good, the bad, and the ugly (the benefits, the struggles, and the persecution inherent in Christianity).
"And, indeed, all desiring to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
But evil men and pretenders will go forward to worse, leading astray and being led astray."
2 Timothy 3:12-13
"And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."
When we present the gospel, it is the job of Jesus to draw and the Holy Spirit to convict and convince.
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself."
“When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me;
and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged."
When we present the gospel to someone and they make the decision to accept Christ and follow Him (giving due consideration to all factors involved), that is still not the end of the story. That is not the end goal. In other words, the end goal is not to "get people saved." Our end goal should be the great commission:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;
and behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen"
So, when someone makes the decision to follow Christ, what are the next steps? What should the new believer know? Where should they get started? Once I help someone with that decision, what do I do next? That is the purpose of this discipleship training. People should not be shown salvation without being shown sanctification; justification without transformation; the gospel without continuation. This training will help us all to be able to move forward with the new believer and guide them gently into the Kingdom of God, where they can live and grow and thrive! It's not just about adorning someone with the helmet of salvation; it's helping them to put on the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the sword of the Spirit, and feet that are prepared with the Gospel of peace...the whole armor of God!!!
This discipleship program is in the process of being developed. As new lessons come out, you will be notified. You should spend time with each lesson, studying that particular step, and focus on helping people develop in those areas. As new lessons come out, you will find new ways to help new believers and to guide them into growing more Christ-like. In order to access the lessons, please click "Login/Sign Up" at the top of the page, and you will have access to the lessons.