Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho is truly making disciples who make disciples. One of the key components of the training they give their disciple-makers/small group leaders is an understanding of the five stages of spiritual growth and how to disciple someone who is in any particular stage. The five stages are, 1) The Spiritually Dead, 2) The Spiritual Infant, 3) The Spiritual Child, 4) The Spiritual Young Adult, 5) The Spiritual Parent.
The second stage is The Spiritual Infant, someone who is new in Christ. Check out this invaluable information.
A little explanation… “The Phrase from the Stage” is a list of phrases that are often used by people in that particular stage. This helps a disciple-maker to evaluate and conclude which stage a person is in.
1. Characterizing the Spiritual Infant:
a. Ignorance: Don’t know much about biblical truth.
b. Confusion: Don’t know how to replace old, familiar habits with the habits and attitudes of a disciple.
c. Dependence: Cannot accomplish growth alone any more than a baby can feed and care for itself.
2. The Phrase from the Stage
a. “Why do I need to go to church regularly?”
b. “I’ve been hurt by a lot of people, so it’s just me and God. I don’t need others.”
c. I don’t need anyone else, just me and Jesus.”
d. “If I pray and read by Bible, will I be good enough?”
e. “I provide for my family. I don’t have time for the church.”
f. “What should I do about my old friends who don’t believe?”
g. “I didn’t know the Bible said that.”
h. “I know that Jesus is Lord and Savior, but is karma real?”
i. “Does God let dead people, such as my grandma, visit us to give us messages from Him?”
3. The Spiritual Infant’s Needs
a. The personal attention of a disciple-maker/spiritual parent
b. Care and protection during this vulnerable stage of discipleship
c. Teaching and modeling the new truths of the Christian faith
d. Developing new habits that become the rhythms they will live by as disciples