Summary: How to treat and disciple new Christians, But also how Christians should treat each other and look to how they live as well.
We just celebrated Resurrection Sunday. What an amazing time in History. The moment when we knew for sure that Jesus was who he said he was and did what he said he would do. In many churches around the world and around the block there were people in church who wouldn’t normally be there. That’s awesome, I love to see new faces, don’t you? Oftentimes people will go only on Christmas or Easter, or they were dragged to church by a parent or grandparent. Or closer to what I hope, they were invited by someone in the Congregation to hear the story, the only story that matters. That God loved the world so much that he sent his only son to die for its sin. To reconcile mankind to Himself, to restore broken relationship. Many would have heard how Jesus took our place, how he paid the price we owed, how he conquered death and the grave. That’s awesome and inspiring and it was terrific to see some new people here as well.
After Jesus was resurrected, he came to earth again and according to Luke 24, met with two travellers who were leaving Jerusalem for the town of Emmaus. They didn’t recognize him as he explained all that had happened over the last couple of days. But as they sat to break bread together, their eyes were opened and they recognized him as Jesus. What an incredible picture, it’s the way many people come to faith in Christ.
Often we live, walking down the road of life, existing under the prevenient grace that goes with us before we recognize Jesus for who he is and we accept him. Prevenient grace is basically Jesus walking with us, extending his hand, knocking at the door of our hearts before we have let him in. This is where the two men on the road to Emmaus were at, and it’s where some people were at Saturday night before they met with Jesus on Sunday morning. The thing is, as we carry forward, being Salt & Light in our community, there are plenty of people we know and love who have heard of Jesus but don’t know Jesus, and right now He’s working prevenient in their lives. As He leads them toward forgiveness, towards reconciliation, towards an eternity in heaven, HE has given us the job of caring for and guiding them along their journey with Him.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a famous radio host in the States. Her program dealt with relationship issues and requests of personal advice. She’s sold millions of books that have helped many people. I enjoyed her show when I was on the road. One of her best-selling books is “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands”. In it she outlines some do’s and don’ts for wives to help to insure a successful marriage. I often have thought there should be a book called “The Proper Care and Feeding of New Christians” If I were writing it, it would kind of look like this.
A step by step, easy to read and understand picture book (Used "Safe Baby Handling Tips" by David & Kelly Sopp)
Show First Picture (pg. 4 'Feeding Baby')
The first section in our book, the proper care and feeding would be on Feeding itself