Discipleship Coming Together
Understanding the stages of spiritual growth is critical to your development as a disciple. Today's focus is on the spiritual young adult.
- Sharing: Nurturing spiritual infants
- Connecting: Guiding spiritual children
- Ministering: Training spiritual young adults
- Discipling: Releasing spiritual parents
The following words from Romans 12:10-13 best describe the third stage of a disciple's life:
- "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."
The following words also describe the mindset of the spiritual young adult, "Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it" (Matthew 16:24-25). A spiritual young adult is learning to transition the focus from herself to become more focused on God and other people.
In a discipling (mentoring) relationship, one person leads and another follows. Somebody must be in front, even if just slightly. Only when we’re growing can we guide others toward growth. Spiritual young adults are learning what this means in their lives. They are just beginning to understand their future mentoring role as a spiritual parent.
Contact Doug at TDM if you and/or your church are not experiencing any one of the stages of discipleship.
My next blog will describe a spiritual parent from a biblical perspective. Here is an appetizer, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” Matthew 28:19-20.
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.