Discipleship training Lesson # 2-Feeding A New Believer
This is an ongoing work in progress. While I am writing these articles on discipleship, I am actually doing these same things with other men on a regular basis. Spiritual reproduction is my goal with them. I want them to be able to teach these things to another man that God gives to them. That is the principle of disciplemaking in 2 Timothy 2:2. "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
Visualize if you would that you are sitting across from me in a restaurant, and we are having an exciting conversation about making disciples.
I would suggest getting a three ring binder notebook for your new disciple, print all these pages as you work with your disciple, so that they may reproduce this in the life of another.
This is very short my friend.
There are five things you do with a newborn baby.
1. You feed them.
2. You play with them.
3. You love them.
4. You protect them.
5. You change their diapers.
The same thing is true of a young believer. 1 Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."
Beware of trying to cram too much down a new believer/disciple/learner.
Just as a new baby will not take the bottle when he is full, so it is with new believers. But the advantage is that the new believer can say "Whoa! Slow down" and let me absorb that last "slug of milk".
So if I go too fast for you, just let me know. Each man has his own level of intake of information.
Luke 2:52 is the example to follow. Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.
That is mental, physical, spiritual and social. Those are the four areas where we can measure growth.
On a pracical note, put on your thinking cap and think about something you can do to play with your new disciple. Perhaps Putt Putt Golf with his family or McDonald's, or a backyard cookout, or a sports event. Remember how much fun it is to play with a baby.