Abiding fruits – Part 3
Memory Verse: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2.
Bible Passage: Colossians 4:7-8.
We cannot over-emphasise the crucial importance of fruit bearing, sustenance and nourishment of fruits borne and ensuring the fruits abide, grow and mature. The task is done, only when the fruits become productive. The chain must not be broken and the link must not be weakened.
You cannot follow up young converts without some basic working knowledge and understanding of the prevailing culture and mind-set of the young convert. We, of course, need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for help. One of the commonest ways is to enrol all newly born babes in Christ in a baptismal class. Matt.28: 20. Age or gender, marital status and educational background will shape the teaching structure and syllabi – 1 Tim.5: 1-20. Home Bible study groups or House Fellowship centres are good follow-up programmes – Acts 2:46; Acts 16:40; Rom.16: 3-5. Christian literature with sound biblical doctrine and themes are always required. Paul, for example, had the teaching letter to the Colossians read also to the Laodicean church and vice-versa – Col.4: 16.
Relationships — spiritual, biological, social, peerage, or even business are key platforms through which converts can be drawn into a deeper relationship with Christ. Our character should mirror Christ – 2 Tim.2: 2. Emphasis is placed on Christian living. Paul did this in his personal follow-up and disciplining of Timothy his spiritual son in the Lord – 1 Tim.1: 15-18; 1 Tim.4: 12-13; 1 Tim.2: 1-15. Timothy was taught basic Bible doctrine and was also instructed to teach others – 1 Tim.1: 3-4, especially as it is so easy to lead a young convert astray – 1 Tim.1: 19-20; 1 Tim.4: 1-7; 2 Tim.2: 15-16; 2 Tim.3: 1-12; 2 Tim.4: 1-5. Apostasy and “minor errors” are real obstacles that can shipwreck the faith of a young convert – 1 Tim.6: 20-21; 2 Tim.4: 10 – 2 Tim.4: 14-15. We need to be careful and avoid them.
The essence of learning these follow-up techniques is to hone our skill in this vital area. As in all cases, the more we practise and deploy the skill learnt, the better and more confident we become over time. Remember, it is the doer of the word that is blessed and not just the hearer – Jam.1: 22-25. If our fruits abide, we shall be rewarded. Our fruits shall abide and we shall shine forever in the mighty name of Jesus – 1 Thess.2: 19-20; Dan.12: 3.
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