I don’t know about you, but while I always liked learning, I never did like helping other people to learn. Believe it or not, we are called to do just that.
Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.” Exodus 18:20
Even more than bringing people to Christ, we have to help people understand the truth about Christ. Without a firm foundation in their faith, without the understanding of the concepts they are believing in, how can they ever stand up to the world? Or stand up to themselves? Without the proper support, encouragement, and teaching, people cannot grow in Christ, new believer or not.
‘As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.'” Matthew 13:4-7
This parable is the perfect example of how we are to bring the gospel. We aren’t supposed to just tell people about the gospel. We need to teach the gospel! In order for people to be solid Christians, they must have a solid root in the message of the kingdom. Jesus then explains the parable:
‘When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.'” Matthew 13:19-21
We are called to help people to have solid root in Christ, firm understanding, and a true relationship which guides them as they listen on a personal level to the Holy Spirit, living their lives for Christ, and seeking the Lord. Don’t just tell it–teach it.