Lecture Four

Follow up

  1. The visits must be regular.  Once a week is ideal.
  2. Find a central place to do this.  This may be called an outstation or a house church
  3. If the whole village responds, a church will need to be planted straight away.  Sometimes this will be under some mango trees with stones as boundaries to start with, to give some shade
  4. Get the people involved in building the church.  It brings about great excitement and community spirit.  Build traditional style as this gives the people ownership of their church.  Also use traditional grass or mud roofs to keep the church cooler.

The Actual Meetings

  1. Involve the people.  Give time to testimonies of healing or weekly connections with God
  2. Get them singing and praising God.  You can also form a choir as Africans love choirs, get the children involved too with their own choir
  3. Get them witnessing of what God means to them, to the church and to their friends that their friends come too.
  4. In the sermon or when teaching ask questions to get a response; involve them in the talk, relate to them, use some action and involve them in it; it brings things alive.  It is good to get excited.
  5. Never talk down at them.  Talk with them, get them excited about Jesus with you, this is contagious since, if you are excited about Jesus, they will get excited too.  When they too get excited about Jesus, they will tell their friends in other villages, suddenly those villages also want Jesus and they will invite you to come and share Him even before you have decided to go there.  Truly knowing Jesus becomes infectious.

Follow up teaching

  1. Matthew 28:19:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.  The first thing we must do for the new believers is to get them baptised, where they die of the old life, get buried with Jesus under the water and come up into the new life as believers in Jesus.
  2. Make disciples, not just converts.  To make disciples you will need to teach them on a regular basis to bring about the following fruits in their lives being motivated by love and gratitude, rooted and grounded in Him, bringing forth fruit in our lives.

The fruit of repentance.  Matthew 3:8: ‘Bear fruit in keeping with repentance’
The fruit of good works.  Colossians 1:10:  ‘So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bringing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God’
The fruit of thanksgiving.   Hebrews 13:15 ‘Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.’
The fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law
The fruit of righteousness. Philippians 1:10:  So that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

By aiming our messages to bring about this fruit in the new believers we can produce, by the grace of God, fruit-bearing Christians.

Good follow-up and teaching will produce real results:

  1. A true convert who has weighed up the issues and who understands what he or she is doing.  Mark 4:8 ‘Still other seed fell on good soil.  It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.’
  2. They will thirst for God.  In Luke 8:8 we read this same message but it adds afterwards:  When He said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
  3. They will have depth of character – we are warned in Matthew 13:6:  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
  4. They will receive the word with gladness.  Note though in Mark 4:16-17:  Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time.  When trouble and persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
  5. We want to disciple people so that they become strong in tribulation, temptation and persecution.  Luke 8:13 likewise warns: Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root.  They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.


For you to think about

  1. Why is fellowship important
  2. What should you aim for in follow-up
  3. Name 4 practical things you can do
  4. Name 4 spiritual things you can do


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