Getting Grounded as a New Christian

Baptizing my daughter in the river
Baptizing my daughter in the river

FOR THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN

10 POINT COMMENTARY FOR THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN

I have often wondered about the new Christian and why they come for a while then disappear. The family ends up joining the church and then a month or so they start missing services and in time they quit coming altogether. Why? What has happened to retaining our new people? All too often it is because we got 'em in, they got saved, baptized and we showed them the way to a pew and let them sit back to enjoy the ride. A conclusion I have come to is we do not disciple new converts to the extent they need, thus this ten point commentary as to growing the new Christian. This is what they need and what we need to do as the Church.

1. GET GROUNDED IN THE WORD

OK, so today one walks the aisle at invitation time and accepts Christ as Saviour, what do you do? Yes, I am in agreement there needs to be a pastoral followup. The pastor can make sure that new convert knows exactly what they have just received. This is usually done right there on the spot. What I like to find out is do they have a Bible? Is it the same Bible as what your church uses? I make this a point of necessity not an option! They need to be in accordance with what that local church's standard may be. This is not to start a debate of which version to use but to have the person seeing the same text used by the preacher and church body.

How to start them on their reading and studying of the Scriptures. Personally I like to get them started by the book of John. Have them start reading Genesis and the Old Testament all the way through. But start with the book of John, read a chapter or two per day along with a chapter or two from the Old Testament. Once done with John go to Romans, the "constitution" of the Gospels, then the book of Acts. At this point they return to Matthew and read the New Testament through including the three books read earlier. My experience the new convert gets the direction he needs right away in his new journey through God's Word this way.

2. SALVATION NOW BAPTISM

Pastors, deacons, elders, your new convert is now at the point of baptism. How long do you let them go? Again, experience and time says as soon as you can. Meet with the new convert in his house or at the church and discuss with them following their Lord and Saviour in His death, burial, and resurrection. Let them know this is the first step in their growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. I am not saying save 'em dunk 'em and let 'em go as I have seen. Afterwards there is a lot of discipling to work with them.

3. Grounded in Church

For you the new convert, you may have just accepted Christ now what? Now is the decision of what church are you going to attend? More than likely that is the one you just gave your life to Christ while attending. However there are times you came as a visitor to a church in another town or state. You were gone away from home and now you need to find a church. Ask for help from the Pastor of the church you were saved in. Ask him to suggest churches in your area. He may not have an answer right a way but should be more than willing to research the churches in your area. Find a Bible preaching, Bible teaching church. A church that makes the Bible it's only source of doctrine.

4. PRAYER

Learn to pray! Be constant in prayer. Prayer is our talking to God. He is our source and our strength. He alone needs to be our guide. Communicate to God daily. Charles Stanley wrote the book years ago, "Handle With prayer" I suggest this book to all new converts and those with a sparse prayer life. Find a place to be alone, taking away the distractions that may be around you. Sitting, standing, kneeling to me does not matter. Just find a place of solitude and there offer up to God your praises, cares and needs. Give you all to God during this time. Do not do it hurriedly but take your time, clear your thoughts and give God the glory he deserves for saving you. Your time with God in prayer lets you be free to grow in communication with him.

5. DISCIPLESHIP

Be open to discipleship. Having a matured Christian discipling you is a very great weapon for your maturity in growing for God. The Pastor himself or a deacon, or a selected person by pastoral counsel will know just what you need to grow while being discipled. Church, have a discipleship program for new converts. Speak to them early on in their new life style. They need to know there will be a major difference in their life now. They are becoming a "new creature in Christ" it is our duty to see them through it. I do not agree with discipleship being done without the church. I believe new converts need discipled within that local church, keeping true to the doctrines and standards of that local body. Exceptions can be made when a pastor knows there is like faith and order outside his local church discipling the new convert. That though is like stated an exception.

6. Give It Time

You have started your journey, just accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, now what? You have found a church, been baptized and discipled, now what? You have started reading but do not fully understand what you read, what are you to do? Keep on Keeping on! Keep doing what you know is right and true. You will not know 100% of 100% immediately. Many of us after several years still cannot explain everything there is to know from God's word. Some will be strong here others there. Your progress depends on you and the one discipling you. How long that takes is up to both the discipler and disciplee. Your knowledge will grow in time as you study and remain obedient to the Word of God. Give it time!

7. ATTEND

Attending the church of your choice upon salvation is a must. You need that growth provided by being with other Christians. This is an act of obedience and a must for growth. All the discipleship programs and praying you may do will be limited in effectiveness if you are not obedient to attending your local church.

8. GET INVOVLED

Get involved in your local church. Attend all the services and events your church holds. Sing in the choir, join the men's or women's groups. Get into Bible study groups and share your experience. This leads into point 9.

9. SERVE THE CHURCH

Find out where you may serve in the church. You may become an usher or greeter, you may have a gift of working with young children or even take time in nursery. A wise pastor or nursery leader will have you get involved but only for a short period or as a sub. Your growth and attendance in the service is most important in your growth state. Help with youth outings, giving them time outside of the church service and Sunday School time. All of us are important to the local church, but, you as a young Christian, must take top billing to be serviced. This does not mean you will not be able to serve, but serve wisely as instructed in what you do so you grow in the best way possible.

10. KNOW YOUR TESTIMONY

You are young in the body of Christ. You are growing but not ready to witness to people outside of the church. What do you do? KNOW your testimony, know what happened to your life the day you got saved. Then share it with others. You may not have all the Scriptures to say or how to say them, but, you know what you did when you got saved. Share that with others and let them know if they still have questions your pastor will be more than happy to meet with them. You have planted the seed let a wiser Christian now take over. This will be a great witness to your maturity and testimony.

Finally, remember you are not saved unto the church or by the church but unto and by the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Welcome to the greatest journey you will ever have!

I realize most of this is very simple. It HAS to be for the new convert. Even the elder of the church does not need to complicate the Gospel. It is to be open to all that come and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Comments 32 comments

"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Michael.... as always well written and filled with information... well worth a bookmark.

Blessings and Hugs


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thanks so much Quill, glad you stopped in. ( sorry I didn't have a fire going in the fireplace, Dayton,Ohio is 70 degrees today. Maybe next time) I do appreciate your comments and regard them highly as compliments,


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Michael: Nice job on this very informative Hub. As a spiritual servant of Our Lord Jesus, and Almighty God, I don't know if I can ever be "Grounded"; Ha ha! but this is a very informative writing for those who are seeking how to keep newly converted coming back.

Brother Dave.


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DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

A good word from a brother is like honey to the soul. Thanks.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

DM thanks so much for the comment new converts need our help and we ( the church) try to complicate it too much.

DP, Love the comment glad you enjoyed!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,

Thanks again for some practical points. One area I think the church is weak in today is discipling. If we followed these 10 points, I think there would be more fruit that remains. Have a wonderful day, Brother.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Very impressive my friend and useful which I voted! GREAT JOB!!


tinamarie9884 6 years ago

Michael, I really like your hub. great job, many blessings to you.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

LG, thanks for stopping in, yes we do need to do more of a discipleship in our churches today. Glad this can be useful.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

drpastorcarlotta, thanks for the rating, glad you liked it. I hope more people read this and can use it in their churches.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

tinamarie, glad you stopped in to read. I wrote this hoping it will help in their churches I just see this not happening so much. We need to love on the new convert and see them through their Christian life growth.


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DaKingsKid 6 years ago

Hey Micheal well put. We have many teachers, but we need is for the spiritual fathers to rise up and take these younger one's under their wings and show them how to soar with the eagles. I like how Dave commented about not being "grounded". That's just it, we are meant to soar. Mentoring them, and taking the time to sincerely listen, and be there to dust them off as they learn to walk. ya know what I mean..


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

DaKingsKid, you are so right my brother, I have seen new Christians end up leaving a church because they didn't "fit in", truth is they were not mentored as they should have been!


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

very well presented. clear and understandable. I pray many new Christians grow in their faith because of this hub.


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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Very beautifully written hub filled with valuable life saving information! Thumbs up to this hub!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

ecoggins, thanks that is why I write to hopefully help people as I can


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

kashmir, thanks again glad you enjoyed!


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Ray Thoughts 6 years ago from The East Coast

Well written and right on the money! Good Job Michael!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thanks Ray I just hope as I write it can be useful to others


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FelixE.Fimbres 6 years ago from Spring Lake,N.C.

Very good 10 point application for new converts, as you know the world has so much to offer, that many are too busy and in denial and just won't take time to read the Holy Bible,and may go to church but are they listening? however the more we push, a lot of times it back fires, in fact most people just don't want to take the time to learn or even read the bible,even if they have one at home,I am guessing it may be family to help and ask the church to work with them.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Yes it takes family but instead of pushing we try to encourage and love on the new convert so they will want to get involved and learn as much as they can


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

This is a great hub, for a new believer. So much of the time, people don't take the time to help new followers of Christ...get grounded. A Good Strong Foundation, will take them a long way:) Great Study Hub!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

heart, thanks for the encouraging comment, and yes we need to help the young Christians along in their new life


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Good subject matter. I wonder how many have come forward only to wither on the vine for lack of real support. Do we need to see hell in order to take our responsibities seriously. Do we need to Taste the bitterness and feel the fire for ourselves to understand what is at stake? All who come through the door should feel the love and be treated as precious. They should KNOW we care by our involvement and interest!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Fred, praise the Holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Your response is awesome! That is just what this hub is about I am so glad to see all the people who have responded are in agreement about discipling the babe in Christ!


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Jokarenk 5 years ago from Addison, NY

This was pretty interesting, when I became a new creation in Christ I have been more than willing to learn as much as I can and help the church as much as I can, I cannot get enough of God's word - I become sad when Bible study gets cancelled as I look forward to learning more and more. I never thought that after finding Christ many would leave...guess I have not seen that happen yet. I have noticed that a few have left the church but I dont plan on leaving...Great post, and great advice in helping someone if you are able to get them to find Christ...Very useful information!


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Jokarenk, thank you for your comment. I pray to God that you will continue to grow and work in the church. Yes there are those that leave and most because they were not discipled properly. I pray for you God will keep the love of His Gospel in your heart and others will see that light and be willing to guide as you need. I also pray God will use your life as other new Christians come that you may be able to help them grow.


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Dave Sibole 5 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

I don't remember seeing this before. Thanks for posting the link again on FB. This was a super Hub. Voted thumbs up, useful and awesome.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Dave, thanks for the comments. I gave it to a friend who passed it onto his pastor and he passed it on to another pastor. Making its way around.


ALICE NEUMBE 5 years ago

This is very simple yet a very true guide that can help a new believer to get saved and that can help the growing believer who has been in salvation for months or years to evaluate his or her ggrowth in the Lord.


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writerjay 5 years ago from Bellingham, WA

Thank you! clear, short and full of truths


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

writejay,

Thanks fore the reply and welcome to the hubs or at least for following mine. Most are short and simple but I feel that is the way God would have me write.

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