Spheres and Stages of Discipleship

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In this paper I will identify the five stages of discipleship according to the growth process described in the book DiscipleShift: Five Steps That Help Your Church To Make Disciples Who Make Disciples. These five stages are spiritually dead, spiritual infant, spiritual child, young adult, and parent. In addition I will also discuss what is called the Four Spheres of discipleship.

Spiritually Dead
The Apostle Paul described in Ephesians 2: 1-5 those who were dead in their sins and transgressions. These are people who have not accepted Christ as Savior, instead reject His sacrifice on the Cross. They sometimes claim to seek a God or Higher Power but there is no evidence of any relationship with God whatsoever. These people are what the authors call Spiritually Dead.
In fact the author compares these people to dead men in a casket just waiting to decompose. When speaking to the “walking dead” the authors teach how to identify the common “phrase from the stage” in order to assess where a person is in their walk with God. These typical phrases are usually: * I don’t believe in God. * The bible is just a myth. * Religion is a crutch for the weak. * Christians are intolerant and homophobic. * There are many paths to God. (Oprah Winfrey & Joel Olsteen) * I don’t believe in hell. Or hell is on Earth. * My good deeds will save me from hell. * There is no right or wrong, ‘do what thou will’
Once a person is identified as spiritually dead, this should determine how to approach them with a spirit of understanding without a judgemental or condemning attitude.

Spiritual Infant
The second stage is called Spiritual Infant to describe believers who are like newborn babes craving milk instead of the meat of the Word. This comes from the scripture: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow…”…...

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