The Heart of Discipleship 102

The Flow of Christian Growth

God designed us to grow…just like the physical…so the spiritual

Summary of Spiritual Growth

  • Growth is normal and expected.
  • Each Christian is expected to grow.
  • Greater blessings come at each stage.
  • Our service increases as we spiritually grow.

1 John 2:12-14 (NKJV)
12  I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13  I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
14  I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.

We see a simple progression.

This is the spiritual life map.

You need to know your location on the map.

There are things peculiar to each stage.

 

We all start as ‘seekers’

You will place your faith in something

When a seeker places faith in Jesus            New Life begins

 

Children

  • Goal           establish good understanding of the faith
  • Everything is new          prayer word   salvation
  • Experiencing God as a father….
  • Knowing is more about facts and principles
  • Needs one to one discipleship

 

Young Men

  • Goal            understand our victory
  • The evil one has lost     joint victory
  • The young one is appropriating what he already has
  • The battle of faith                learning the use of the Word
  • Beginning stages of spiritual warfare

Fathers

  • Goal                these people have come to rest
  • They reproduce automatic
  • Knowing is more about intimacy
  • They pass on their faith

 

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