015 – The New Convert Experience: Don't Forget the Baby
Feb 29, 2016
TheBLAST Podcast is back with a special episode about the importance of caring for our new believers. In segment one Pastor Dragoon and Dave welcome Cadence O'Neal, our church's most recent new believer, to TheBLAST audience. We share the absolute necessity of seeing new believers come into our church. Just like in every good family, the most important members are the youngest among us. They breathe new life into our congregations, giving us the wonderful opportunity for ministry, mentoring and discipleship. We compare the similarities of natural birth and supernatural birth, drawing inspiration from the story of the newly converted Saul on the road to Damascus from Acts 9:1-20. We are reminded about God's concern for the little ones, those that cannot defend themselves... Luke 17:2- 2 "It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." We also make a few points about the demonic strategy of "Attack Early and Often". The enemy always makes a point to come against the righteous while they are still in their weakest moments early in life. Consider his targets: Satan didn't wait to tempt humanity until many generations had come and passed. He attacked, strategized and engaged the human race very early on in our history.. Third chapter of the bible! The demonic inspired Pharaoh of Egypt issued a decree to have all male children under the age of two to be destroyed. Hell desired to kill Moses before he could ever rise up to lead God's people out of bondage and into the promised land. King Herod attempted the same thing after Christ was born: "Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men." (Matthew 2:16). Hell was attempting to snuff out the Christ-child in his infancy. The great temptation of Christ occurred early in his ministry, still in the infant stage. "When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'” (Matthew 3:16, 17 NKJV) In the first break we hear a recent release from Lincoln Brewster called "There is Power". Segment Two We have the great honor and privilege of being the first to hear Cadence's amazing testimony and how God brought him to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We hope that this faith journey inspires you. He shares with us some early spiritual battles that have been happening in his life. We also get some much needed perspective on the church and how new believers perceive those that are already here. VERY ENCOURAGING! During our second break we are very pleased to present the early release of the title track from Phil Wickham's upcoming album, "Your Love Awakens Me". I have been a big fan of his music and cannot wait for this to come out so I can hear what other treasures are contained! Segment Three We close this episode by sharing some "If I was in your shoes" advice with Cadence. These are the types of things we all need to hear early (and later on) in our salvation. Let us all be reminded of the great need for believers to develop the habits of prayer, bible study, evangelism, church attendance and fellowship. Thanks again for investing your most precious commodity into our show, your time! We invite you to leave us a voicemail, send us an email, review us on iTunes, and connect with us on Twitter or Instagram.