4 Tools I Am Using To Disciple A New Believer

In case you missed it, my 52-year-old neighbor Ben came to faith on Sunday. I encourage you to read the story as I detail it in full.

But now I need to disciple him. He knows nothing of God and I am starting at complete scratch with him. I am primarily used to developing college students and 18-22 year olds think very differently and have a whole other set of problems and questions.

[Here is the tool I recommend for college students]

Because I am part of a neighborhood church plant, we don’t have corporate systems designed yet to disciple new believers. At least at this point we feel it is best to empower every believer to learn to disciple people through life on life and incarnational (being rooted & present) mission.

So after some prayer and consultation I landed on four really great resources that I think will work well.

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My Neighbor Surrendered His Life To Jesus Today: Full Story

Since the first time I pulled up to my drive way two years ago I have been in relationship with Ben. I love this guy so much. We play volleyball together and talk deeply on our way to the games. He has a very troubled past and has had no belief in God or religious experience. We have had many deep talks on those drives, but he has never followed through to meet with me outside those car rides to go deeper. I have been praying and praying and hoping and hoping for God to draw him close, and today it finally happened.

You can read about the first time Jesus came up in our conversation here. You can read an update to that first conversation here. This will give you perspective on a two year conversation and how his conversion has happened over time through God’s Spirit softening him, us doing life together, and me incarnating myself into his world. 

Here is the detailed story of how it happened and how our conversation went (I have his permission to share).

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3 Things Every Seeking Person Needs

I did not grow up in a religious home, never went to church growing up, and wasn’t really that interested in God – I never thought about him.

But then one day in high school a few of my buddies (the same ones I would smoke pot with occasionally) struck up a conversation about the end times and we started talking about if it was real or not. I had no idea. But something inside of me was pretty sure it was real and that the end times would come. It was just one of those things that you kind of deep down believed but you don’t know why.

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