Memory Verse: And the things thou hast heard of me among many witnesses… commit to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” 2 Timothy 2:2.
Bible Passage: Colossians 4:7-8.
FRUIT bearing is not optional, but mandatory for every true follower of Jesus. The Holy Spirit will teach us Himself and will enlighten our understanding. Every soul winning campaign or effort must always have a follow up, teaching, counseling and retention strategy – Matt. 28:20. This must be age and gender specific and take into account many other specifics such as marital status, academic qualification, local culture, and unique special experiences – I Tim. 5:1-20. Home Bible Study Groups are good follow-up initiatives – Acts 2:46, Acts 16:40, Rom.16:3-5. Bible-based Christian literature can be very effective, the best of which is the Holy Bible itself. Paul, for example, insisted that the teaching letter to the Colossians be read also to the Laodicean Church and vice-versa – Col. 4:16. The electronic and social media can be used, especially when converts live far away. The New believers must be well tutored in the sacrosanct nature of biblical doctrine. It is the only inerrant compass in all interpersonal relationships and indeed in life.
God created us social beings. This can aid evangelism and follow up – 2 Tim. 2:2. Here, true Christian living is powerfully demonstrated in our every conduct. Paul emphasised this greatly in his personal follow-up discipleship of Timothy his son in the Lord – I Tim. 1:15-18, I Tim. 4:12-13, I Tim. 2:1-15. I Tim.1:3-4 – Timothy was able to observe Paul up close and was protected by knowledge and observation from false teachers and heresies – I Tim. 1:19-20, I Tim. 4:1-7, 2 Tim. 2:15-16, 2 Tim. 3:1-12, 2 Tim. 4:1-5: The personal approach also warned on possibility of backsliding or even apostasy – I Tim. 6:20-21, 2 Tim. 4:10 – Evil association and communication corrupts good manners 1 Cor. 15;33 – 2 Tim. 4:14-15.
Walk the talk. Go ahead and do likewise. The doer of the word is more blessed than the hearer only – James 1:22-25. The rewards for abiding fruits are here and hereafter – I Thess. 2:19-20, Dan. 12:3. You will not be the missing link in the salvation train. All the promises and blessings of God are conditional. You will meet the terms and conditions in Jesus’ name.