Are you leading your new believers aright? I remember it like it was yesterday ... I had heard others give the same advice before, so when I got in the same situation, I passed on the same.
It was my first time preaching in a public bus and I had shared a powerful message (at least, so I thought) then I made an altar call and a few people raised their hands.
In my excitement, I led them to Christ and afterwards, gave that bad advice most people give. I said:
“look for any bible believing church around and attend.”
Of course, at the time I didn't think anything was wrong with that but now I know better.
None Of Our Predecessors Asked People To Find A "Bible Believing Church" And Attend
The disciples of Jesus NEVER gave that advice to their converts so why should we?
Even Paul never did that as well, so why should we? In fact, Paul never won a soul and directed them to attend Peter or James' church (even though they were all disciples of Jesus). He always followed up with them and made them a part of the churches he was responsible for.
I know that the reason most people do this is because they don't want to appear as leading people to their church, so they try to make it the choice of the new convert but this is wrong.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matt 29:19 - NIV)
Jesus never asked us to go into the world and make converts. What He said was to go and make disciples of all nations and there is a great difference between them.
A convert is someone who has just given his/her life to Christ but a disciple is an ardent follower of Christ. People don't become ardent followers of Christ the day they get born again. It take a consistent interaction with the Lord and other believers to become that committed to Christ.
So as the soul winner, your job is to create the right environment for that to happen.
Look at it this way, winning a soul and telling the person to look for a bible believing church can be likened to a woman who gave birth in the hospital, stood up and told the child to look for a good family and join!
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That child needs a family environment to develop. That child needs the love of the parents to grow up normally. But it is not up to the child to find a nice family out there. It is the responsibility of the parent to take the child to their own home and make that his family as well.
So what should you do when you lead people to Christ?
Take them with you to where you belong!
You see, not every believer out there is an active soul winner. So the fact that you are one and took the time and effort to lead someone to Christ means that the place you belong is a great place.
At least, you are hearing God's word enough to make you stand out from the multitude of believers who don't care about leading others to Christ.
Winning a soul and telling the person to look for a bible believing church can be likened to a woman who gave birth in the hospital, stood up and told the child to look for a good family and join!
As such, that is the right place to lead your convert to as well.
Okay, what if it's a distance away from where you live?
That's not as difficult as you think dear.
Get to church and speak with your leaders. Tell them you led some people to Christ but they live far away from the Church or in a totally different city. Ask if there is a plan on ground or in the works to help disciple them. Possibly leave their contact details with the leadership and follow up later to see what they have come up with.
In one instance when one of our members did that, it turns out that the location the new converts he worn were was the same place the Lord had been telling me about starting a church too!
We simply started with the few contacts he won there and that was how the church took off.
Stop telling the souls you win to look for any bible believing church around to attend. There is probably no way they can identify one and they definitely haven't developed the spiritual maturity to know one when they see it.
So just taking them along to where you belong is the best bet for their spiritual development. Don't feel shy leading them to your church because it is the right thing to do.
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Have you given this advice before and what prompted you to do so?