Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (30th December, 2015)

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Bible, Bible Commentary, Christianity, Devotional, Quiet Time, Religion, Training
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December 30, 2015

FOLLOW – UP

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Acts 15:35-16:5

My little children, of whom I travail [pray] in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

Galatians 4:19

The follow-up ministry is a scientific way of preventing the loss of converts. So much energy is spent in winning the lost. A proportional amount of time and resources must be spent to retain the harvest.

Let me ask this: What is going to happen to all the souls who come to the Lord? Follow-up is to new converts as breast-feeding is to babies.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the world’s population began to increase dramatically. This was due to great improvements in medical science at the beginning of the twentieth century, resulting in a drastic reduction in the mortality rate. If the church were to do follow-up, and retain the people we won to Christ, the church would experience major growth.

Planting churches where crusades and evangelism have taken place is a major part of follow-up. Follow-up also involves prayer for the converts won to the Lord.

You must travail for your souls in prayer. That is how to follow them up spiritually. After spiritual follow-up, you must visit them in their homes. New converts are established through visitation.

Follow-up leads to retention of souls. Without follow-up, evangelism is virtually a waste of time, money and resources. All our efforts will be in vain. Every church must develop effective follow-up to handle the souls that come to the Lord.

Credit: Dag Heward-Mills

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