A Question I Was Asked:

What Do You Think Would be Good "Food" for the New Christian "Seedling"?

The Question:

What do you think would be good "food" for the new Christian "seedling"?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Regular study of the Holy Bible, both devotional reading plus chapter-by-chapter study, these are vital, although the new believer should 'pace' himself/herself; don't try to be a spiritual giant within the first few weeks of coming to Christ! Plus prayer. During prayer we speak to God and He sometimes seems to speak directly into our hearts, so don't rush prayer, there is nothing wrong with long pauses. Also good sermon material, these things all "feed" the new believer 'seedling.' Plus the company of good Christians who have a large storehouse of examples of how God has worked within their own lives. That too can be very inspiring.

There are also some inspiring biographies of Christians out there, these are very 'feeding.' Especially try to get a good biography of George Muller, a most amazing and inspiring man who really walked with God in the 19th century. People sometimes say to me, "Which Christians have encouraged you/developed your knowledge most?" I most always say, George Muller, C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer, though I am also aware of influence coming from Karl Barth, John Stott and Martyn Lloyd-Jones, plus a current Christian writer, Nancy Pearcey. I also learned that Genesis 1-3 Creationism can be successfully defended - at academic level - through the influence of Henry Morris, but especially through the influence of Dr Arthur Wilder-Smith, a most amazing scientific thinker. Of course, Christ must be our foundation but we all must build on that true foundation with fine quality materials. But please pray for the development of good Christian discernment and discretion. The new believer may well hear all sorts of nonsense theories which are claimed to be "biblical," discernment is needed here; frequently 90% of these theories need to be rejected, especially where they are based on strange "interpretations" of Bible prophecy. Keep Christ Himself central to all your thinking and belief because there are a lot of false prophets and teachers out there. Be wary of latest fads in 'Christian thinking' and avoid sensationalist teachings, don't always be looking for the dramatic; most Christian lives proceed in quite a sensible, calm and measured manner. It's the Bible which should be ones guide not some wealthy, yelling high-profile preacher on (so-called) "Christian TV." Don't forget that Peter advised believers to grow in faith and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18), and recall what the writer of Hebrews wrote about discernment:

11. We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13. Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:11-14).

Robin A. Brace. October 15th, 2011.