Spiritual Discipleship : A Biblical Guide Essay

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Spiritual Discipleship: A Biblical Guide to Disciplining New Converts
Chapter One
Introduction
Over the past few years, I have seen many of our churches fail in disciplining new converts. Because of a failure in training, many people believe conversion is just accepting Jesus into your heart and professing Him with your mouth along with giving your heart to the Lord and that’s it, therefore many new believers are confused when it comes to salvation. Churches are good at “opening the altar” and leading people to Christ but they are slack in making them disciples and teaching them about repentance, the journey of Christianity along with salvation. The apostle Peter preached that one needs to “repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). Churches spend much of their time and effort bringing people to a point of belief without clearly teaching them to follow Christ ways. Every new convert needs to know what God is like and what He requires of us. Without knowing what God is like believers cannot understand who God is. As we learn who He is the more we will be willing to surrender our lives in discipleship. Also, knowing what God the Father is like gives us a better understanding of what Jesus the Son’s ministry was about, His purpose for coming to earth and what He accomplished on the cross. The Father did not leave a mystery but He provided His word, the Bible to reveal…

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