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Burgers Anyone?
 
Topic: New Christians
 
Burgers Anyone? It`s time to Eat Meat
by Cher Wandell
 
Have you ever known someone who just has to have meat?  I mean they can`t go a meal without it?  Pastor Jim is one of those people.  For me, I don`t eat much meat, and it never bothered me to go days without it.  So, I asked my sister, who works in the medical field, about why he always needs to eat meat throughout the day.  She told me that it was because of his blood type.  He needs the extra protein.  Meat helps him to be more productive and gives him strength.
 
Pastor Jim`s story reminded me of what the Word of God says about Christians getting off of baby food (milk), and onto solid food like meat.  God wasn`t referring to actual meat, but the mature things of the Word of God in our daily walk with Christ.
 
“New brothers and sisters in Christ, in the past I could not talk to you as I talk to spiritual people.  I had to talk to you as I would to people without the Holy Spirit, like babies in Christ.”
(taken from 1 Corinthians 3:1-5)
 
It`s time to start eating solids!
 
Newborn Christians are like babies; you cannot start them off on steak, or the hard stuff concerning the Word of God.  Baby Christians have to first learn the basics about Jesus and what He did for them on the cross.  After that, it`s time to move on to the benefits of being a Christian.
 
Step 1: Where to start
 
The first lessons any new Christian should learn are found in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) where Jesus taught us how to follow in His footsteps.  The book of Romans is a good place to continue learning about how to be a Christian.  Paul wrote the book of Romans and explains how we are to stop doing the old things we did before we were saved, and start over as if we were new people.  It tells about how all people have sinned, but God forgives us and shows us how to become right with Him.
 
“The teaching I gave you was like milk, not solid food, because you were not able to take solid food yet.  You still were not spiritual because you argued over silly things and acted like people of this world, not like Christians.” (taken from 1 Corinthians 3:1-5)
 
If you know anyone who has just received Jesus as Savior, be sensitive to their learning about the things they can`t do anymore.  They don`t know about things that may or may not be sins until they learn what God has to say about them. There was a lady that I knew who got saved and had a problem with cursing.  It took her awhile before she could stop doing it, but she did stop.  No one had to keep telling her about it, because she apologized when she did it.  She realized she needed to make a change and was asking God to help her.  He did, because she took a step to learn about Jesus and what He would do.  Her Christianity became real to her.
 
“From this time on we do not think of anyone as the world does.  In the past we thought of Christ as the world thinks, but we no longer think of Him in that way.  If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation.  The old things have gone; everything is made new.”
(2 Corinthians 5:16-17)
 
Step 2:  Work with God
 
Once a new Christian has learned more about Jesus through studying His Word, it is time for them to learn about changes that need to be made in their own lives that would please God.  No one will change if they don`t see a need to.  Only by praying, going to church, reading God`s Word and having a desire to change will a person be able to really change.  Work with God and let Him show them what changes have to be made.  It`s easy to point out all the flaws in someone, but that usually brings on an argument not change.  
 
“We all make mistakes.  If people never said anything wrong, they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves too…  We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father God, but then we curse people, whom God made like Himself.  Praises and curses come from the same mouth,.  My brothers and sisters in Christ, this should not happen.” (James 3:2, 9,10)
 
Let the Word speak for itself.  Paul often writes how he felt that he was the worst person alive, and how God showed him where he was wrong.  Reading the New Testament will help a new believer to see what they need to change.  If there is an opportunity to discuss a certain topic, example sex before marriage, go to the Word of God and discuss the topic together.  If you speak what God says about the topic, you won`t be accused of judging the other person.  It won`t be your opinion on the subject, but God`s laws or rules that govern the topic.
 
Finally off milk
 
“You are not ready for solid food.  Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby and knows nothing about right teaching.  But solid food is for those who are grown up.  They have practiced in order to know the difference between good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12b-14)
 
“Let us go on to grown-up teaching.  Let us not go back over the beginning lessons we learned about Christ…we will go on to grown up teaching if God allows.” (Hebrews 6:1, 3)
 
As your friend (the new believer) continues to grow in the Word of God, they will develop a greater desire for more meat (more difficult subjects) of the Word of God.  Gradually add a variety of subjects to see what they have learned about them, and help them continue to grow in faith with God.  Eventually they will need to have more “spiritual” meat of God`s Word several times a day, and the meal will help them to be a productive Christian.
Pastors Jim & Cher's counseling training and membership is through American Association of Christian Counselors, and they are ordained by Pastor Rod Parsley through World Harvest Church Ministerial Fellowship in Ohio (aka Breakthrough Ministries).  Pastor Cher also holds a degree in education and a teacher of the handicapped.
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