Serving Young Christians
In a way, leading people to Christ is like being married and deciding whether or not to have children. Without children life may be a little more simple, and for sure there are less demands. Having children is definitely more work, but the blessings are nothing short of great!
Having spiritual children (introducing people to Christ) is really the same. It is going to cost you something to be a spiritual reproducer. You must learn to serve, be a friend, and train, but the blessings are rich. There are few things in life more gratifying than helping Christians grow.
In this study we are going to discuss how you can follow-up new Christians.
Being a Servant
The young Christians we follow-up and disciple are Gods workmanship, His building under construction, just as you and I are under construction (Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 1:6). We are just Gods fellow workers. Our only responsibility is to trust Christ and be where God wants us to be serving people.
A servant is a person who is in the service of another, someone who renders assistance and help, one who is of use to another. Young Christians need a servant.
A young believer has some transitions to go through. He has left the kingdom of this world with all its twisted values and has stepped into Gods kingdom. He has become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), with a new lifestyle, one of faith in Christ rather than in himself. He definitely needs a servant, someone who will guide him along the way.
Two Ways to Lead
Jesus taught His disciples that there were two ways to lead others:
"So Jesus called them to get together and said, Your know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:42-45 (NLT)
Here Jesus describes these two types of leadership. What are they?
What style of leadership were His disciples use to?
Why do you think this style of leadership is so much more effective than the other, especially when leading young Christians?
The measure of your spiritual leadership is not determined by the number you rule over but by the number you serve.
Servanthood is greatly enhanced by friendship. Young Christians need a close friend who will encourage them, be listeners, and include them.
Paul talks about the close friendships he had with young Christians in Thessalonica:
"Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you very well know. And God is our witness that we were not just pretending to be your friends so you would give us money! As for praise, we have never asked for it from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but we were as gentle among you as a mother feeding and caring for her own children. We loved you so much that we gave you not only Gods Good News but our own lives, too." 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8 (NLT)
Ideas for Building Relationships
Here are some ideas for building relationships that have worked well for others. Compare them to your own ideas.
If someone loves you he will also love your message. Friendship opens the door for teaching and training others. Friendship follow-up will never work without it.
Begin today to build relationships with young Christians. They need you and you will be amazed at how much you will enjoy being their servant.