If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17
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These pages are designed to aid study or investigation for Christian discipleship through individual Bible study, Cell groups, Home groups, or meeting one to one. The questions could be used alone allowing each person to use their own Bible.
Meeting with someone to help them in their walk with God or ministry is an exciting and rewarding challenge. It is also something that is beyond the experience of many. Here are some practical hints about how to go about it. As you will discover, the pages pointed to here make no pretensions of being The Truth, rather this is advice gleaned over years of experience.
What a privilege! You are to meet with another believer to help them grow in Jesus! Now, what on earth do you do? A first meeting should answer exactly that question!
Life on Life ministry like any other relationship has to begin with a first meeting. First impressions can be important. They set the ethos for future times. This is often a unique time since there are many more questions than answers and the aim is much more about discovering who each of the participants is than trying to achieve anything.
The essence of why we are meeting up with a person is all about Jesus. It is not primarily about us and what we have to offer, nor about them and their issues, hopes and desires. Even if the stated purpose of the meeting is to help in some area of life or ministry, it is good to keep the spiritual perspective alive. If you stay with mechanics the area of ministry often descends to human effort and the Lord is excluded. Keep Jesus in focus and you won’t go too far wrong!
Normally the more mature sets the course, even if it is done in agreement with the person being helped. This requires thinking time outside of the actual meeting.
New faith is a time of wonder. Suddenly a person’s world has been turned upside down, there is a whole new way of looking at things and understanding them. It is a great privilege to be with someone as they start this journey.
In meeting with a new believer it is good to nurture this sense of wonder, and the romance stage of meeting with God.
Helping a young believer at this stage of spiritual life is like looking after an infant. It is often called spiritual paediatrics. Here are some suggestions.
The person for whom this is important is someone who so desires to grow in their walk with God that they are willing to pay a price. They have gone through the Romance stage as a new believer, so the basics of the faith are not new to them. (Helping someone in that place would be Enthuse New Faith.) Now they have come to a place where they desire more of God. They are not content with skating over the surface and realise that to gain more of Jesus costs us for it is only as we empty ourselves of self that there is room in our lives for Him. Now they trust Him enough to give Him there all.
What are the key elements that are involved in establishing a believer in faith? Here are some thoughts.
Ministry extends the love of God. This love does not come naturally to us. We need training or equipping to develop its expression. For those who are more experienced in ministry this is the opportunity to develop others and give them the opportunity to take on ministry roles. The fact that others will take on these roles will ultimately lead to your ministry being multiplied. There is of course a cost at the beginning, but the outcome is that God’s work goes on beyond you.
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Helping someone who is already established in faith to move on to mastery. The process of letting go of some of the rigour achieved in being established as love is developed. Here the student needs to develop their own expression of faith and be encouraged to explore new avenues of what it means to walk with God.
There are a number of elements in helping someone to develop to mastery in their faith. Here are some -
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