In Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus commanded his disciples to make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that he has commanded them.
We have reduced this to teaching new believers all about the
commandments. But becoming a
disciple is not about a body of knowledge, but about a lifestyle of obedience,
of following Jesus 24/7.
The core skill we teach the new believer, therefore, is how
to hear Jesus voice, how to recognize when he is speaking and then the
importance of obeying what he is saying to them. The life of intimacy with God is of critical importance.