WORKING WITH BELIEVERS

People who identify as a BELIEVER can range from cultural Christians with no personal relationship with Jesus to sincere followers of Christ who have never been discipled. It can be a tricky stage because we don’t always know what someone means by “I believe.”  Do they agree that the Gospel is true and it has already transformed them or have they not experienced that transformation yet?  Working with a BELIEVER for a while will reveal where they are.  For more tips for working with a BELIEVER, click here.

Here is what a BELIEVER might say…

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  1. THE BASICS OF THE FAITH
  2. PRAYING ON THEIR OWN
  3. READING THE BIBLE FOR THEMSELVES
  4. GATHERING WITH OTHER BELIEVERS
  5. SPOTTING AND TURNING AWAY FROM SIN

Either ask the person you’re working with to look at the list below and choose an area to work on or choose one for them.

THINGS TO KNOW

THINGS TO FEEL

THINGS TO DO

Use a MEET-UP GUIDE to help you organize your time no matter which topic you pick.  If you’re stuck as far as where to start, consider following a path like the one below.

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THE GOSPEL

Make sure that everyone is on the same page as far as what the gospel is and how it works in our life.  Use the three circles explanation followed by a quick lesson from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 to do this.

THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST

REPENT AND BELIEVE, BE BAPTIZED, PRAY, GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES, PERSEVERE, LOVE, LORD’S SUPPER, GIVE, GATHER.  This is a popular tool among missionaries with new people to the faith.  A believer with a church background might also consider this a review but if they are still dependent on others for their growth this will get them on the road to being a disciple and learning how to help themselves grow.  Use these handouts to teach the Commands of Christ.  You can also text these KeyVerses to them for daily readings.

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

The shortest of the gospels makes for quick introduction to the life of Christ.  Now that they know how to get into the Word using discovery questions, make sure they spend time in it!  Use this sheet as a guide to reading the book of Mark.

THE WALK

The Walk by Stephen Smallman would circle back and cover both many of the lessons in the Commands of Christ and a rereading of the Gospel of Mark.  It would also introduce the reader to Romans and a deeper understanding of the gospel.  Each chapter has its own assigned biblical reading and exercises.  Use this guide to help you with your time together.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE BELIEVER’S SUGGESTED PATH PDF


 

STAGES is a disciple making pathway developed by Paul Johnson of the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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