Summary: Making Disciples; Making a Difference Helping Others Grow: Spiritual Infants and Spiritual Children
Making Disciples; Making a Difference
Helping Others Grow: Spiritual Infants and Spiritual Children
1 Cor 3:1-9
We started this series seeing that Jesus describes the win for us as making disciples. We saw that a disciple is someone who follows Christ; is being changed by Christ; and is committed to the mission of Christ. Then we looked at a disciples’ stages of growth. Then we looked at three keys to making disciples. Intentional Leaders + Relational Environment + Reproducible Process = Multiplying Disciples. Last week Kevin began the last leg of our series telling us what we mean by Win in our vision. This week I will begin to share with you what does training look like or helping spiritual infants and children grow. So lets see how we can help others grow.
1. Share with Spiritual Infants:
Spiritual infants are characterized by ignorance so what they need are spiritual parents who will share with them. Remember, spiritual infants can be new Christians or Christians who have been stagnant for long time.
Share your Life (Mark 3:14)
Spiritual infants need spiritual parents to care for them and protect them because they are highly dependent upon others for their spiritual growth and stability. They have high relational needs and so it is important to be intentional about sharing out lives with them – bring them along to the men's meeting, have coffee with them, hang out with them. It is impossible to parent everyone so it is critical that we be intentional with a few rather than relational with many. You may not be able to reach the world but you can one reach person at a time. This is one of the reasons Jesus chose twelve men to be his disciples. Even within the twelve, Jesus was more intimate with three; and then one was probably his best friend. Paul was the same way. He had many fellow workers but only mentions one spiritual son. As you share your life and your time with them, you share answers to their questions because spiritual infants are characterized by ignorance.
Share answers to their questions
Spiritual infants do not know much about God or their relationship with him, the bible, or the church. They have confused ideas about God, community, etc. You also share new habits with them.
Share New Habits (1 Pet 2:2; 2 Pet 3:18)
Habit of prayer and bible reading
Spiritual infants need guidance on bible translations and good books to read. Then need help with reading and understanding the bible. They need help reading their bibles and held accountable to read. Some of you don’t have the habit of bible reading because you did not have someone disciple you or never had anyone love you enough to hold you accountable to it! They also need help with prayer, which goes hand in hand with bible reading. We hear God speak to us from his word and then we respond to him in prayer. Spiritual infants need to be taught to hear Gods voice through the word and in prayer.
Habit of sharing the gospel
Teach them to share the gospel and their testimony.