“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)
There is no greater decision than the one to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus. Perhaps you just partnered to lead someone in this decision or, maybe you just decided for yourself? The first question that often comes to mind is, “What’s next?”
What do you do to follow up with a brand new Christian when they aren’t attending a worship service, life group, or a new believer’s 101 course? What will they do in the next few days or even hours when you aren’t there to answer questions, pray for and encourage them over coffee? Introducing an exciting and simple tool for new Christians… Next Step Discipleship! See www.nextstepdiscipleship.org. Utilizing “Stretching and Growing – A Guide for the New Christian” by Dr. Charles Shumate. This resource promises to help make discipleship possible in real time and in the real world of everyday life as never before.
Are you less than computer savvy? Not to worry. Large tabs make navigation as simple as clicking a button. Several features make this multi-platform resource a comprehensive and user-friendly tool that will lay a solid foundation for a lifetime of discipleship. If you have your computer or smart-phone with you now, follow along as we highlight a few items…
Introductory videos… an informal synopsis of each lesson is given by the host. These videos summarize what a new Christian will be learning. These can also be used for promotion in services and/or as an introduction to each lesson in the small group setting.
Daily texts… simply text “NEXT” to 95577. This feature will automatically send daily reminders, instructions, and encouragements for the first 30 days of a new believer’s journey. If you are hoping to take this journey with someone you recently led to Christ… opt into this exciting option and take the journey with them!
Resources/Lessons… ten lessons have been adapted from “Stretching and Growing” that will instruct and guide with ample Scriptural references, simple explanations, and relevant illustrations.
“Download Exercises”… these will guide you deeper in conversation and help make the vital connection between biblical principle and daily life application.
Whether you are a new Christian or simply want to walk faithfully with someone who is, Next Step Discipleship is an exiting new platform that will help answer the question new Christ followers want to know, “What’s next?”
Note: It was a privilege to partner in script writing and content creation with it’s designer, Pastor Jonathan Absher (Lead Pastor, Lifebrook Church, Bethalto, Illinois). See http://www.lifebrookchurch.org/ for more information about Jon and Lifebrook Church.