What Do I Do After I Lead Someone to Jesus?

In every area of life, we must be taught if we are to live life well. Why is it, then, that Christ-followers are so quick to neglect teaching new believers (and mature ones, too!) what it means to follow Jesus?

Evangelism without discipleship results in Gospel inoculation rather than Kingdom participation.

In other words, telling people about Jesus isn't where things end. We have to guide and teach new and less-mature believers to become more like Jesus. If we don't, then all we do is make them think they've got it all together, thus inoculating them to the Good News of Jesus and possibly leading them to a place of "been there, done that, didn't work." Instead, we want to lead them to a place where they are active in the Kingdom of God here on earth, in the Church, in ministry, in worship, in sharing their faith, and in teaching others!

Text to read: Acts 11:24-26 NLT

Barnabas understood the importance of not just converting people, but also teaching them!

You may think that new believers will just figure out what they need to know, but historian Daniel Boorstin thought otherwise: "Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know."

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.
— Daniel Boorstin

Jesus commands his followers to make disciples and teach them. He doesn't tell us to make converts and move along.

If you're wondering where to start, know that:

Your example is your best tool for teaching.

For instance: if you tell them that church is important, but they only see you going when it's convenient for you and your schedule, they'll quickly learn that church is not actually important. Your example matters, so be sure to live as Christ has called you to live, and invite them to live life alongside you!

Your church is here to help you.

You're not in this alone. If things get overwhelming, or you need help answering questions or knowing what to teach next, we're here for you.

Barnabas knew when he needed help, and he went off and got Saul to come and teach with him.

Sometimes you need to know when to find help.

Commit not just to share your faith but also to make disciples.


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On Mission Every Day: Three Questions About Discipleship

On Mission Every Day: Three Questions About Discipleship

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Pastor Stephen answers three questions about discipleship and encourages each of us to begin to take part in this part of our mission.

What I'm Excited About Today!


En|Couraged slide1Men, this post is for you. Ladies, if you've got a man in your life (husband, son, brother) it's time to pass the computer/tablet/phone over to him so he can read this. Guys, I want to talk to you about what a men's group like En|Couraged will do for you. I know we all live busy lives. We need to work to support our families, spend time with them, take care of our homes, and still have time with our hobbies. That's all great stuff to do. The problem lies in the fact that we often don't get a lot of time to gather together, just the guys, and do things together. We don't have a place to share our struggles and our victories, or where we can get prayer when we need it.

That's where a men's group is great! Let me share a little bit about En|Couraged with you. First of all, you'll notice the unnecessary punctuation separating the "en" from "couraged". This wasn't done to look cool. Rather, I wanted to highlight something important: encouraging one another is inherently manly. Literally, encouragement is instilling courage in someone else, and what is more manly than courage? And that is exactly what this group is to be: a place where we gain the courage to live life as Godly Men, fathers, husbands, and role-models. It's not just a place where we meet and eat together (though there'll be food). It's also not just a place where we will hang out--we'll do some pretty awesome stuff, but there's not much point getting together if we don't actually accomplish anything.

Literally, encouragement is instilling courage in someone else, and what is more manly than courage?

The other element to this is the subtitle: [a men's group]. This isn't going to be something where someone organizes it all and no one has any say in anything we do. That would be a MAN's group. This is a MEN's group. It belongs to all of us, so if you think something's not working or might be cool, let us know!

Finally, you may be asking if you'll actually get anything from this time investment. The short answer is "Absolutely". Something great happens when guys get together and share and learn and pray. We'll get to know one another and God a whole lot better, and I think that's something very worthwhile!

Our first meeting will be October 19 at the Pincher Creek A&W. Be there for breakfast at 8!

I'm excited for what God is going to do in the men of Abundant Springs, and for the men of our community. I'll see you on the 19th!

--Pastor Stephen Valcourtpastorstephen