Follow-up For New Christians

"So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God--all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God" (Romans 5:11).

You have just helped someone become a new Christian, or you haven been given the responsibility to do the follow-up of a New Christian. . . so now what do you do?

First of all, you can be excited about this opportunity. Second, you can be serious about this responsibility. Read Romans 5:11 again. You have the privilege of helping someone grow in his or her new relationship with your friend Jesus Christ. Here are some ways you can help a new Christian and Jesus grow closer. Remember, we all need FRIENDS.

Follow up with your new Christian friend by getting together regularly.
Get together within 48 hours after your friend receives Christ, and at least once a week during the next six weeks.

Reinforce what Christ has done in your friend’s life.
Do this by looking at Scriptures that affirm God's commitment to Christians (John 14:20; Hebrews 13:5; Colossians 2:13-14; 1 John 5:13; Galatians 5:25).

Involve your friend in a Bible-teaching church.
Take your friend with you and help answer any of his or her questions.

Exhibit Christ in your life through your actions and words.
You don't have to be perfect, just someone who wants to obey and please God.

Nurture your friend's spiritual growth.
A new Christian is like a newborn baby who needs spiritual food and care. Try using the 14 appointments with God.

Do things together.
Spending time together will give you opportunities to encourage your friend and put your faith into practice.

Stand by your friend in both the good and bad times.
Your friend will fall down spiritually. Get ready to help him or her to get up and go again.