Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
After I accepted Christ on my high school campus, I could have so easily fallen through the cracks. But one day a guy named Mark, whom I had never met before, walked up to me and invited me to church. Basically, he discipled me.
He also invited me to his house, where I met his Christian parents. We had Bible studies together around the dinner table, and Mark helped me get through my early days as a follower of Jesus Christ. Soon I found myself doing the same for other new believers.
When Jesus walked our planet, He spent a lot of time with twelve handpicked disciples. And in Matthew 5 we find this interesting detail: “One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them” (verses 1–2 NLT).
After this came the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus gave that message to His disciples who were gathered around Him. The point is that Jesus took time with them. They listened to Jesus and followed Him around.
Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a disciple, but every Christian should want to be one. It doesn’t mean that you must be perfect. But you should want to be a growing disciple of Jesus.
Jesus commanded His followers to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19–20). It takes one to make one. Discipleship is really about living the Christian life to its fullest.
Can you be there for someone else who is new in the faith? If you know someone who has recently accepted Christ, will you seek them out and invite them to church? Would you be willing to help them grow spiritually? That is what new believers need.