Growing Deeper in Relationship

As Christians, it is crucial that we understand our place, our purpose, and our direction.  If we don’t have a clear and present understanding of our role, God will be limited in the depth of growth that He can give you, because He won’t be able to trust you with more

If God cannot trust you with what He has given you, He will not be able to grow through you to fulfill your destiny that you have been called to for this earth.  Your call is not limited on God, but limited on your obedience to God.  Your growth in your walk with Him will directly impact your growth for your area of responsibility in your local church.

God cannot use, and cannot trust, what He cannot flow through.  It doesn’t matter if you are the parking lot attendant or the Senior Minister; if He can’t trust you where you are, He can’t trust you for where He wants you to go.

The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

What does this verse mean? It means He is already proud of you. And because He loves you too much to let you stay where you are, He expects more. Just as David did before the Lord, so too does God dance over us when we fall into alignment with His calling and His word.

Your church growth is not dependent on you canvassing the neighborhood with flyers about the next barbecue at your church.  Your church growth is a direct result of what you as a leader are doing to bring people to the Light of Christ.  What are you doing to evangelize?

And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus tells us in the great commission to Go unto all the World and teach.

Remember this: you are His delegate.

This means that what God has declared that you have authority over, you have authority over. Nothing is too hard or too difficult to accomplish when you rely on the Lord’s strength. You have HIS authority.

Evangelization is not an option. Verse 19 says THEREFORE GO! How can we claim to be a soldier in the army of God and not obey His command?

It doesn’t end when you have shown them Christ, though. Your role is not over after they pray to let Jesus into their hearts and say, “Amen.” This is when your role is just beginning.

Once you have them, you must teach them.

The most crucial time for a new Christian is the first 48 hours. Why? Because that’s when they are the most vulnerable to the enemy’s attack. That’s why in my salvation prayer, I also have them renounce the enemy. He only has as much authority as we give him, but to a new Christian who doesn’t know better, the struggles of getting through daily life is normal for them.

We have to teach them quickly that it is not acceptable as a Christian to be attacked by an enemy called the devil.

This is why the very first thing that you must have in your church is a growth pattern. This is an opportunity for a new Christian to feel plugged in, taught, and directed to success in their daily life when they aren’t at the church with strong members. Psalm 23 says that though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death… To the new Christian, they don’t know any better, and they may think they are just supposed to stay there.

We have to teach and grow them, lovingly correct them with Scriptural backup and not our opinion. God doesn’t need our opinion and neither does the convert. They need strong milk that will grow them to be able to handle the meat that is forth coming. But it needs to be backed up by the Word.

The Word is your source. The Word is your direction. Don’t take it out of context when teaching, but teach it to them. Have a class for new believers that is taught by a seasoned person who can answer their questions in a safe environment. The last thing we want is for a new believer to come to church and feel stupid because everyone is using Christian terminology that they don’t understand.

A new Christian needs to feel accepted. They need to feel heard. And they need to feel loved. The enemy will be whispering lies into their minds that they aren’t good enough, they aren’t clean enough, that they’re too sinful to be among these lifelong Christians.

We as a community and as church leaders must be ready to help new Christians combat these lies. It is our responsibility not just to plant seeds, not just to water young saplings, but to provide nourishment to help each new Christian grow in their faith.

God wants to use you to bring people to His Kingdom. Will you answer His call?