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Don't Leave Them Hanging - June 12th 2024

Updated: Jun 22

Wednesday, 12th June, 2024

By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

 

“ As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2 KJV).

 

In Christianity, there’s a Christian way of life. But Christianity itself is not a way of life. Therefore, when we lead souls to Christ, it's important to guide them to be actively involved in a local church. We must ensure they become integral members of a church, not leaving them to navigate their newfound faith alone. They must be nurtured in the Christian way of life.


Once they receive salvation, show them that receiving salvation is only the beginning; they have to live the Christian life. And the only way they’re going to learn it and grow as they should is by learning God’s Word. 1 Timothy 3:15 says, “…the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” So, the Church is the place to learn the Word of God.


It brings to mind what the Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 2:2: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” How do children learn? Children learn not just by instruction but also by observation. By actively participating in the church, spiritual children or “babes” can observe and emulate the attitudes and practices of mature Christians.


It’s one of the ways they know how to pray and cultivate the right attitudes and spirit of prayer. Also, in church, they learn how to worship God and sing the right songs; they learn how to conduct themselves with decency; they learn how to apply their faith in the face of belligerent challenges.


Learning how to do these things isn’t just by instruction alone, it also comes through observing the behaviour, communication, and actions of other Christians in the Faith. The same Spirit lives in them and causes them to do the things that we do. So, when you win souls, ensure that they’re fully engrafted into the local church. Pray for them; follow them up until they become rooted and grounded in the faith and established in the Word. Hallelujah!


PRAYER/CONFESSION

"Dear Father, I pray for new converts all over the world today, that Christ be formed in their hearts; they’re rooted and grounded in God’s overwhelming love, being fully persuaded that in Christ alone lies their joy and total fulfilment. I declare that they’re strengthened to become effective witnesses of Christ's love and truth in the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."


FURTHER STUDY

Ephesians 4:11-14; Hebrews 10:24-25; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11


1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Acts 3:1-26; 2 Chronicles 12-15


2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

2 Corinthians 2:8-17; Song of Solomon 3-4


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