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.
Robin A. Brace. October 15th, 2011.