Babes in christ forum for new believers?

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Lanolin

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Anyway pray about it remember its a ministry that important to Jesus, dont let satan snatch away someones seed of the gospel.

Maybe call it gospel forum so its quite clear what it is all about.
 

Lanolin

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Only New believers can start threads, but anyone else can post in then. So that way those mature ones can encourage the babes.
 

Subhumanoidal

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Make it so only new believers can post threads there. Somehow.

Just make it a no debate zone. I dont engage in debates on BDF anyway just stick to the threads I want to post in and ignore any that are contentious.

After all you want to be enouraging new believers not debating with them. Just remove anyone trying to start a debate. Im sure after a while they will realise they arent getting anywhere.

Jesus gives us the authority to stomp on snakes and scorpions, so I wouldnt be afraid to stomp out the problem posters. The new believers will thank you for it because its likely they are hearing conflicting and confusing things about salvation. If people are clear about it then they can know for sure they are born again and not imagining it. Or if they arent the way to get there. People need assurance.
What constitutes a new believer? A month? A year? 5 years?
And if it's only new believers then who is going to teach them anything? None of them know anything. What if one is saved baptist and one Pentecostal? Who is there to work through the contradicting theologies? Or explain why they exist? If it's all new believers then these issues will spread and what damage would that cause?
What if only one new believer joins in a months time? Where does he get answers then?
The logistic difficulty of preventing debates is insane. All mods and admins are volunteer only, no pay, and only come on during their personal free time. To prevent this would require 24/7 monitoring of all threads in that section. Not going to happen.

And, ultimately, people should be using churches, not the internet, for their growth as a new believer.
This site is mostly non-denominational and has to provide leniency for opposing denominations. That's why it can't work. Assign someone to that area who's an experienced believer? And when that persons views are known those with opposing views cause an uproar. Maybe some quit.
That's why people should be directed to churches. One view from one source to build a foundation on. Not on a site with multiple views and trying to set standards that can't be defined.
 

Lanolin

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They would just self identify because they want to know what to do and how to be a christian.

I think its important. I dont think its anything to do with denominations. And you can pray for these new believers to find fellowship and local gatherings near them.
 

Lanolin

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People have to get out of those silly denom mindsets, sorry. When you are a new believer, all those things are irrelevant. You just want to know how to cultivate a relationship with God and what being a christian is all about.
 

Lanolin

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Lots more people are going online because they cant seem to find anyone in traditinal churches or they just dont know where to go. Maybe thers a language barrier or they just cant get to a church or think its only open on sundays and that they can only talk to someone there or on the phone.

I think there needs to be encourgament for new believers, not so they become dependent online but so they know that theres people from all over the world starting this journey too.
 

Lanolin

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Or you could just do nothing.

Your call. New believer you on your own!
 

CharliRenee

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Lanolin, maybe in miscellaneous you could start a thread directed to new believers. It may not work because you may get resistance and opposition there too, but maybe give it a try. You could do a little encouraging and leave a scripture. You could to it daily or every other day to keep the thread alive. You could encourage seasoned believers to give their encouragement as well.

My thought is...

Keep it simple and light, and keep it hospitable. Keep the focus on nurturing a relationship with God, emphasizing their One on one time with the Lord, and finding a good bible based church or bible study. It might work or you might find snags. It might be worth giving it a try.

This is just a suggestion. In no way, am I pressuring you. Just an idea.
 

Mii

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It is always easier to start with younger people. I think it's an idea that opens up some useful questions about how to engage a new believer but without some type of authority and structure. This site has little and is more of a water cooler...

I feel like it may be an idea to have a mentor role added for certain people that new believers could reach out to via PM for discipleship and instruction.

Finding a mentor at a church is a challenge honestly. So it could work...and depending on how teachable a person is via this method it would be sort of like a penpal (which Paul and Timothy were at times).

I think more than a few here could provide generalized instruction on basic holiness. Like purity, guarding your heart in a fallen world, living out your walk, etc.

It's deeper doctrinal stuff that people disagree on and that would crop up if it were an open forum (or even closed) posts would have to be made and selection would be subjective depending on what someone brings up. Not everyone is a teacher as a clearly defined role.



I'll think on this a bit, throw a few more "2 cents".
 

Bingo

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Lots more people are going online because they cant seem to find anyone in traditinal churches or they just dont know where to go. Maybe thers a language barrier or they just cant get to a church or think its only open on sundays and that they can only talk to someone there or on the phone.

I think there needs to be encourgament for new believers, not so they become dependent online but so they know that theres people from all over the world starting this journey too.
"You have a valid point. So much discord, here and everywhere. Anyone searching for a new life
with Christ shall most likely become discouraged with the endless jargon perpetrated by those
that mean well, but are themselves lost. Many are called, few are chosen is a truth not to be ignored."
'Just a thought, from this side of the glass.'
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