New Edition of Follow Me:
FOREWORD: A WORD TO PASTORS AND TEACHERS
What would you have wanted… ideally… when you were saved? Many people that I have encountered during ministry would say that when they were saved they had very little help growing as a Christian. Often new believers may live many years before they enjoy a grasp of some of the basic steps along the path left by our Lord.
Like a new baby breathes his first breath, the life of faith is begun in prayer of repentance and faith. Then, like a new infant, the new believer should soon be hungry for spiritual food. The Word of God is our spiritual food. The Lord Jesus taught us that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).Many are simply told to “read the Gospel of John;” but there is so much to learn for the new believer. As Ephesians 2:8-10 makes clear: we are not saved by works, but we are saved to do good works. The Scripture says:“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Keeping the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament or the New Testament commands of Christ will not save anyone—but someone who has been saved by Christ should want to know what is moral, what is right, what pleases their new Lord.
When I was saved, I would have loved to have had all of the commands of Christ very simply arranged for a new disciple—and someone who was already far down the path of obedience to help me as I took my first steps. The New Testament says that as we “make disciples” we are to baptize them and teach them to observe Christ’s commands.
This short book contains the commands of Christ in a practical arrangement for new Christians. It is my hope that it will help many as they begin the journey along the path of obedience and growth in discipleship that leads to full joy.
Jesus is Lord!
R. Kirk Kilpatrick, Disciple of Jesus Christ