I indicated in my last blog post that if you and/or your church do not exhibit at least the first three of the following traits, it usually indicates the need for discipleship. Today I will describe a spiritual child.
- Sharing: Nurturing spiritual infants
Connecting: Guiding spiritual children
- Ministering: Training spiritual young adults
- Discipling: Releasing spiritual parents
The following words best describe the second stage of a disciple's life:
- Self-Centeredness: This disciple is often more concerned about his own needs than the needs of others. He is usually lacking a strong connection with God, a small group, and purpose.
- Idealism: Due to inexperience, this disciple tends to be black-and-white in her thinking. For example, she may think that the only book a disciple can read is the Bible or that the only allowable music is Christian.
- Over or under confident: This disciple swings back and forth from an attitude of pride to one of defeat. He may say things like, "I don't need to attend church; God is all I need" or "My small group is not taking care of my needs like it should."
Here again is the biblical description of a spiritual child, "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil" Hebrews 5:12-14.
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In my next blog post I will further describe a spiritual young adult from a biblical perspective. Here is an appetizer for now, "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Romans 12:10-13.
Taken from Real-Life Discipleship Training Manual by Jim Putman, Avery T. Willis Jr., Brandon Guindon, and Bill Krause. Copyright © 2010 by Jim Putman, Avery T. Willis Jr., Brandon Guindon, and Bill Krause. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.