How to Follow Up New Christians
Unbelievable! Your friend received Christ with you during lunch over a burrito, but had to leave right at the bell. So now what? How do you respond to a person who has just received Christ? Follow-Up!
What is Follow Up?
Follow-up is the crucial step in the process of helping new Christians take their first steps in their walk with God, helping them to grow up in their relationship with Christ and multiply their faith to others. It is important to help them transition to a new life of faith and establish a solid relationship with Christ.
Imagine bringing your newborn baby home from the hospital. Suppose you set her in the crib and say, "Okay, Sweetie, milk is in the fridge, the bathrooms over there, and heres the stereo if you want to hear some tunes." Absurd! So why should we do the same to a brand new Christian, who is referred to as a "baby" in the Bible? No, its our responsibility to help cultivate the faith of that newborn believer.
How to Start
So where do you start? Dont freak out; it will only give you more complexion problems.
2. Remember that God is in charge.
In the book of Acts, Paul spent special time with new believers, teaching and encouraging them (Acts 17-20). As a result they eventually influenced their entire region. We can help guide and encourage believers to grow, but the bottom line is that Gods the one in charge. What a relief.
In 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, the Bible says, "What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, causing the growth. So then neither the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth...For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, Gods building."
3. Dont Delay Follow-up!
The Holy Spirit needs your availability to help lead your friend. You will want to affirm him in his new relationship with Christ and set up a time to meet to talk further. You may be thinking, "But how do I start meeting with them"? Suggest a time and place to meet (like Taco Bell, your favorite burrito shack, Burger King, in the school courtyard ... wherever!) and let your friend respond.
Be flexible! Explain that you would like to share some things that will help him in his new relationship with Christ. Encourage him to bring several friends along. Meeting with a group of students who know each other is often the best method of follow-up. The students may feel more free to talk and share, and will make up a potential discipleship group for later. If something happens and you cant get together at the scheduled time, reschedule your appointment within 48 hours. Whatever you do, dont leave that baby unattended!
The First Follow-Up Meeting
What do you talk about at your first follow-up meeting? The purpose of your first meeting is to build your relationship, to help your friend understand the assurance of his salvation, and to help him begin to grasp Gods personal care for him.
1. Personalize your time.
2. Explain spiritual growth.
3. Ask questions to gain
4. Remember that follow-up is a
Important Truths for New Christians
Here are some of the most important truths a new Christian needs to know:
Taking care of a newborn is a lot of work! But if you have done your job well, by Gods grace your newborn friend will soon be walking, talking, feeding herself, and on her way to becoming a mature disciple of Christ!