Yesterday my friend and I went fishing with the boys while our ladies were off at the women's retreat. We'd never been to this particular place before and had no idea what to expect. As we were stepping out of the car we saw some people getting into their car with a net full of fish. My friend said, "What are you using today?" and they proceeded to give us the low down on where to go, what to try, and what to expect. It dawned on me that this is a perfect picture of what discipleship is.
People that accept Christ for the first time have no frame of reference for what they're about to launch into. Undoubtedly they've heard about Jesus and what he does for them, but they've never been Christians before. They will learn things on their own; some through success and some through failure. But how much better if those who have gone ahead turn back and say, "here's where to go, what to try, and what to expect." If you're new to this thing called Christianity look ahead to those who've been at it a while. If you've been at it a while, look back and help those who have not come as far.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 1 Chronicles 35-36