So, when a person receives Christ, they receive Him by faith, irrespective of natural thoughts or feelings. He enters their life through their spirit, but He wants to function through their thoughts and feelings too. He wants their whole person to surrender to His compassionate rule and enjoy the blessings and benefits of His presence in every area of their life.
Having received Christ as Savior, the next step is a practical working out of that decision. To confess Him before men may seem not as important as the other steps on the salvation pathway. But it can be a crucial part of keeping a new convert in a relationship with their new-found Savior.
6. We must confess Him before men
Paul said: “Confess with your mouth… and believe in your heart…. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom 10:9,10).
Jesus Himself said: “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father Who is in Heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father Who is in Heaven” (Matt 10:32,33) .
Having believed in Jesus as Savior and Lord, it is obvious that the need to acknowledge and confess Christ openly before men is vital and indispensable to the process of being saved. A person’s confession of this fact is often a definite factor in their receiving a personal assurance of salvation. On occasion some would say, “I have believed on Jesus, but I do not seem to have any assurance.” So ask them, “Have you confessed your belief to anyone yet?” The answer is invariably “No.” To that, our response must be: “Go and tell someone what you have done, and confess that you have received salvation through trusting in Christ.” The result will almost always be that once they have done this, the inner assurance has come.
We should also strongly encourage them to begin to tell all their unsaved friends about receiving Christ. Their joyful enthusiasm can be a powerful tool to win their friends for Christ. Their changed lifestyle will be a point of curiosity and interest to their friends from the “old way of life”. People will want to know what it is that has so changed the new convert’s way of living. It is never too soon to begin to share our faith (see John 4:1-42; Matthew 5:13-16; Philippians 2:14,15).
Finally, no committed, sincere Christian leader would want to lose that newborn “baby believer” in Christ. We must teach them how to grow in their new life with Christ to help secure them in God’s Kingdom.
7. We must grow in Christ
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet 3:18).
How can we simply and dearly tell a new convert how to grow in their faith and relationship with Christ? Here is a simple plan based on the word “G-R-O-W-T-H”.
G – Go to God every day in prayer (1 Thess 5:17).
R – Read your Bible every day like the Bereans; search the Scriptures diligently (Acts 17:11); like Timothy, know the Scriptures thoroughly (2 Tim 3;15,16).