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Spiritual breathing

Spiritual breathing

Teach new believers “spiritual breathing.” Exhaling: The confession of sin is necessary for a disciple to learn and grow. Without confession, there is no cleansing. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all...

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What to do with New Christians

What to do with New Christians

Here’s what to do with new believers right after they come to faith, preferably within the first two days: Baptize as quickly and as publicly as you can. Have the new believer bring as many friends and family members as is possible to the baptism. Extend the offer to...

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To imprint God as parent

To imprint God as parent

How you treat new believers is especially important within the first 24-48 hours after their conversion. There is a type of bonding that must occur early and only with God. It is the same as feeding a newborn baby. We need to imprint God as the parent, not ourselves...

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Belonging before believing

Belonging before believing

God is already at work in the people around us, even those who are not yet followers of Jesus. People hear God’s voice before they accept him. When we disciple others, that discipleship relationship actually begins before a life transformation or conversion. Our role...

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Person of Peace

Person of Peace

When God is at work in starting a new gathering of believers, he often lays the foundation within a “person of peace.” They are a bridge person who brings the message of Jesus into their own community. This person can be the first domino in a chain reaction among a...

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Good soil doesn’t always look like we expect

Good soil doesn’t always look like we expect

Who is most receptive to the gospel? In Jesus’ day, it was tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, beggars, etc. Not a lot has changed. “Nice people” are often more out of touch with their need for God. •“Bad” people make good soil, there is a lot of fertilizer in their...

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Who’s in your oikos?

Who’s in your oikos?

Oikos is the Greek word for household. It is the fundamental unit of society involving families, friends, neighbors, and associates. The New Testament describes churches meeting in the oikos, and it teaches that believers belong to the “household” of God. The spread...

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Where to start?

Where to start?

As Christians, we often see so many lost people around us that we don’t know where to start. Even though many seeds are planted, they don’t all produce a crop. Some seeds are taken up by the birds, some have no root and some are crushed by thorns. Where are the most...

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Pastor to the Community: Discernment

Pastor to the Community: Discernment

By guest blogger Randy Lovejoy, part 2 of 2. As I open the door and walk in I feel the cool air hit my face. It is 8:20am and it is already beginning to heat up in the Echo Park community in Los Angeles. But the air conditioning combined with the sepia colored...

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The Final Step of Redevelopment

The Final Step of Redevelopment

By guest blogger Randy Lovejoy, part 1 of 2. "He must increase and I must decrease." --  John 3:30  NASB It is Sunday morning. I am at home. No pressure. No adrenaline. I have stepped down. Sunday mornings are usually a time of action. I would get up early, shower and...

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