“Stages of Growth as a Disciple”

“Stages of Growth as a Disciple”

DISCIPLE: The Way of Discipleship

“Stages of Growth as a Disciple”

Hebrews 5:13-14; 1 John 2:12-14

  • Everyone in every stage needs to grow.
  • Everyone in every stage needs love, Scripture, encouragement.
  • Natural age is not equivalent to spiritual stage.

1. Spiritual Newborn: Beginning in Christ

  • Positives: excited, discovering, hungry
  • Tendencies: naïve, easily led astray, confused
  • Needs: basic teaching, re-assurance, modeling

2. Spiritual Child: Young in Christ

  • Positives: enthusiastic about knowing God, learning, serving
  • Tendencies: self-absorbed, judgmental, inconsistent
  • Needs: extensive teaching, challenged to serve, skill development

3. Spiritual Young Adult: Maturing in Christ

  • Positives: biblically strong, faithful servant, missional
  • Tendencies: pride, self-reliance, critical
  • Needs: advanced teaching, gift development, someone to disciple

4. Spiritual Parent: Reproducing in Christ

  • Positives: reproducing disciples, other-centered, sacrificial
  • Tendencies: loneliness, cynicism, prone to burnout
  • Needs: committed teammates, someone to coach, perseverance

Mature disciples are more concerned about the many who need to be reached and discipled than they are themselves.

LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Lives

  1. Most people probably think that they are more mature than they are in reality.  Nobody wants to be immature or called a baby…In an honest evaluation after the sermon where would you place yourself in the stages of spiritual growth?
  2. Read 1 Peter 2:2. How have you “grown up in your salvation” in the past 3 months in our discipleship series? Be specific.
  3. If you’ve walked with God for many years, are you actively training the next generation of Christians?  If not, why not?  What is keeping us from discipling others?
  4. Think back to a time when you were in one of the earlier stages of spiritual growth: What would the Christ-follower you are now tell the person you were then?
  5. What aspect has needed the most training in your life?  If you looked at where you spend the most training time in your life, would you call yourself a trained disciple?  If you did an assessment of your kids training, would they be better suited to play soccer or basketball then they would to be a disciple?
  6. Looking back on your spiritual life, where have you struggled in your growth so far – are you stuck in a particular stage?

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Connected to God through the Word and Prayer/Loving God

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