Without a doubt, one thing we as Independent Baptists are good at is seeing many people saved. I believe God has used us Baptists to see hundreds of thousands of people saved through the years. However, winning the lost is only one part of a three-part formula that God has given to us to follow: The Great Commission!
Jesus said He wanted us to bear fruit, and that our fruit should remain. (John 15:16) So the main thought of this post is simply this: Who is your Titus?
We see several men in the Bible to whom Paul had a great impact on; Titus was one of them. Paul Evangelized him; he Equipped him; he Enlisted him, and he helped to Establish him.
Paul understood the importance of “committing to faithful men” so they could “teach others also”. Paul produced many Titus’s. (fruit that remains)
So how can we cultivate our own Titus?
(1) Follow the Plan
We already have the plan given to us. God thought it all up for us so we don’t have to. The Bible lays it out: Win, Baptize, Teach. We need to not just pray for souls to be saved, but for the great commission to be fulfilled. How do we do that? We go with the Gospel, win them, get them to church so they can be baptized, and then we personally start to develop spiritual growth in their life.
(2) On Purpose work with them
Producing fruit that remains doesn’t happen by accident, but very much on purpose. Now, I said on purpose work with them. The “them” is anyone that you have seen saved, or know has been saved and has not yet been grounded in the ways of the Christian life. Your job is not to be just a soulwinner, but really a “Great Commissioner.” So our job is not done because we have seen them saved; in all reality it has just begun.
We need to develop three key areas in their Christian life before we can let them go at it alone:
- A Walk with God
Teach them how to spend time alone in the Bible, reading and studying it
- Involvement in a Ministry
There are a lot of things that can only be learned by the way of “On The Job Training” that you won’t fully comprehend from a lesson or a sermon. When you take what you heard, and do your best to put it to use, then you start to learn something. That is a major help in growth for a new believer. So, get them in some sort of ministry!
- Capable of leading someone else to Christ and to develop those they win.
This is the great commission completed: when one person who was lost is now saved, serving, soulwinning, and spiritually mentoring another. Mission complete!
If we have developed those three areas in their life, we have done what we have been commanded to do. Now how you foster those three areas can and should be done in a variety of ways. You need to find out what works best for you and the person you are working with.
(3) Be Persistent
Sometimes things don’t pan out with people the way would like them to, but don’t get discouraged! Just keep trying to find your Titus. Once you get one then go find a Timothy. Don’t quit! Just keep being a “Great Commissioner.”
Who is your Titus? The person you lead to Christ, saw baptized, and now able to “go and do thou likewise”?
What are some of your proven tactics that get people to stick and stay? Leave it in a comment below.
We sing Higher Ground, and the first line goes “I’m pressing on the up-ward way, new heights I’m gaining everyday…” And that ought to be the motto for every Christian, New Heights every day.
So the question needs to be asked; “Whither have ye made a road to day?” where have you made progress in your Christian life today? Have you done anything today to make you a better Christian for Christ?
If you don’t have something you do everyday how to you expect to be becoming better for the Lord? This is were having Daily Development systems in place will help you make a new road in your Christian life.
This doesn’t have to be something that takes hours and hours of time to achieve everyday, nor does it have to be complex, really basic is better; however, it should take sometime for you to sit down and grow as a Christian.
I would like to give you some helpful things that will develop spiritual growth in your life daily:
Read your Bible every day.
Just like food is the nourishment to our physical life, The Bible is the nourishment to your spiritual life. If you neglect your physical food you start to become weak and ill. If you don’t get nourishment for a long period of time you die. The same is true for your spiritual life also. If you neglect the Bible and Spiritual Nourishment you become (1) weak: once you become weak you do not have the strength to fight the battle, and are easily defeated. This is why the devil came to tempt Jesus in Matthew 4 was because He was weak physically. (2) Ill: you are easily susceptible to sickness once you become weak, and that is when temptation comes to entice you. (3) Death: if you are not careful because you do not give yourself Spiritual Nourishment you will become Spiritually Dead.
This is where you care neither for the Lord nor anything He might want you to do. You have disregard for any Spiritual, Godly things. This doesn’t mean you are lost and going to hell, but it does mean that you are going to have very little rewards when you get to heaven.
Pray for at least five minutes every day.
Obviously, prayer is the source of Spiritual Power. Now, I will tell you that prayer is vital to becoming a strong Christian. However, it is sad to say that we do not use the privilege of prayer like we should. God wants to hear you talk to Him about everything. There should never be a subject that you or I do not want to talk to Him about. We do not have a problem talking to other friends or family members, why should we have a problem taking those things to God? Prayer for some reason has been down played in our minds like it is just something we do when we need something. Realistically God likes it when we talk to him about everything good or bad, exciting or not so exciting. Prayer is vital, don’t neglect it, (5 minutes needs to be the starting point, not the finish line.)
Look for things to be Thankful for, and give thanks to God every day
We miss out on many things that God does for us on a daily basis. We are just TOO caught up with the “busyness of life” we fail to recognize His blessings. So look for them and give thanks to God for them.
Memorize Bible Verses every day. (Do this throughout the day)
As said in number one, the Bible is very important to spiritual growth and without a doubt prayer and Bible study needs to be in your life because without those two, your just being a good person that is not filled with the Power of God.
Encourage someone that’s discouraged
The world doesn’t revolve around you. I know that we all have problems of our own, but get out and help someone else because there are people who need it more than you.
Fight Temptation Vehemently (that is, to fight temptation violently)
We are tempted to do wrong, but God has given us “the way to escape” and we can overcome temptation. We just need to FIGHT it, and the best way to FIGHT it is to RUN away from it.
Invest in Eternity
There is a statement that says this “Soon this life will pass, only what’s done for Christ will last.” And that is true, so what are you doing today that will LAST in eternity?
Have any thoughts to add value to this post? Leave a comment.
In light of the Word of God, it is obvious that we are in a mess as a nation! And the only hope we have for something happening in America again is for us Christians to bombard the “throne of grace.” Why? To “FIND HELP IN A TIME OF NEED.” (Hebrews 4:16)
So, what we are proposing to do is to set aside July 3rd, as a day we fast and pray for our nation.
We need to do something about the lack of Godliness and the lack of acknowledgment of God in our Nation. And I say, before we stand before the government, we should stand before God. First, we need to acknowledge the problem as a Spiritual one, not a Governmental one. Secondly, we need to get His involvement and help before we suggest to do anything else.
Someone said, “He that kneels before God can stand before kings.”
John Goetsch said this about revival: “When most Christians speak of revival today, they do so in a historical context. They speak of a great moving of God in the Bible or perhaps of the Great Awakenings, but they don’t refer to something that happens today.”
We need to come to God begging Him to do something and believing revival can happen if we will get ourselves in the position for God’s grace to be shed on us again.
We will be sending out daily encouragement and instruction from today through Friday.
Please get involved with 100% participation. Tell friends, family, retweet, repost, share, and like to spread the word, and of course PRAY!
This is not “just” about a drifting of a nation; it is about the souls of men and women who need Jesus. The best way to give them Jesus is through Christians who are revived and on fire for God.
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I feel like the first thing we should do in preparation for this day of fasting and prayer for our nation is to make sure we are clean and right with God. Judgment doesn’t start at the House of Representatives or the White House. It starts with God’s people.
Before we cast judgment of our nation’s leaders, we need to look within and see how we measure up to God’s standards. The direction of a nation is determined by the direction of it’s churches; so we need to look within our own lives, the root of the problem, and then handle the fruit of the problem.
This is the challenge for the day: Get alone and do some self examination and some home examination. Look at our movies and our music, our speech, our daily agenda, and our way of thinking. Are we that different from the world? or do we just have the tag name Christian?
The challenge for us today is to prepare ourselves for God to work in us and through us to “turn the tide”.
We need to have the following focus …
An Upward Focus – See God for what He is
An Inward Focus – See ourselves what we really are
An Outward Focus – see the need for God to do something only He can do.
Suggested reading: Isaiah 6:1-9
Are you ready for God to “Turn the Tide”?
- 1. Ask God to reveal anything that is hindering your personal walk, and spiritual life.
- 2. Eliminate the hindrance. God may want you to “give up” t.v. for a week. Maybe He wants you to stop something COMPLETELY. Whatever it is, obey God.
- 3. Fully surrender yourself to God. (Rom. 12:1,2) Yield for service to be a tool in God’s hand. (Rom 6:13) The worst thing a Christian can do is the mindset “I will DIE for Christ!” The better and more profitable statement would be “I will LIVE for Christ.”
Preparation! God said “If my people…”
So let us “people” get ourselves ready for God to do something GOD SIZED!
We are going to have July 3rd, as a day we fast and pray for our nation.