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5 Tips for Discipling New Believers

Discipleship is truth transferred through relationship.

Discipleship involves a lot, but one of the most important things you can do with a new believer is read the Bible with them, teaching them how to read, understand, respond to, and apply God’s Word.

There are two men in their 20s who recently came to faith in Christ through our church. I was able to baptize them a few weeks ago and now have the privilege of discipling these guys.

One of the core ways I’m doing this is through weekly Bible reading meetings:

Get Some Time Together 

Every Wednesday night, these guys come to my house to join in our Neighborhood Group with a bunch of other people from our church and neighborhood. I have the guys come 30 minutes early so that the three of us can read the Bible together.

Read Scripture Together 

Each week, we read one paragraph of Scripture together and talk about it.

Right now, we’re reading Philippians because it’s the book I’m preaching through, it’s the book all of our Neighborhood Groups are studying, and because I believe Philippians is a pivotal book to master for new believers.

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Justin Buzzard is the lead pastor of Garden City Church, a new church plant in downtown San Jose. You can follow him on twitter @JustinBuzzard or on Facebook. His preaching is featured on Preaching Today and at Garden City Church. He has written the books, Date Your Wife and Consider Jesus. Presently he is writing a new book, Why Cities Matter (Crossway, 2013; co-authored with Dr. Stephen Um).