Repent. For many of us, that’s a rather nasty little word. It conjures images of fire-and-brimstone preachers holding their thick, black Bibles over their heads with one hand while pointing the other menacingly at the shell-shocked crowd and yelling: Repent, ye depraved sinners bound for the depths of hell. Repent before the fires of heaven…Continue reading Godly Change Requires More Than a Lane Change
Last week I introduced the topic of change, that after the gate (conversion) a new believer is going to start down the narrow path, and things are going to be different. I think it is important to alert a new believer to the fact that things will change; it is also important to tell them…Continue reading What Actually Happens at the Gate (Conversion)?
This will be my last post on this question. We have been talking about John 3:16 and how the first step in mentoring a new believer is to confirm their understanding of conversion. The last issue I want to raise relative to this discussion is that of counting the costs of following Jesus. John 3:16…Continue reading Count the Cost in Conversion?
In response to last week’s blog, there was some activity as to what it means to “believe.” This is the really crucial question. I am starting to see more of a connection between the first part of John 3 (“enter the kingdom,” “born again”) and the latter part (“believe”). But while I am thinking about…Continue reading What Does It Mean to Believe?
When I decided to create our own new believers curriculum, the first step was to marshall what forces I could from the congregation. I looked for men and women who had a proven track record of mentoring new followers of Christ, as well as those who had a clear understanding of the end goal.…Continue reading Where to Start? (New Believer’s Curriculum)