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Stages of Disciple Growth

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A presentation of the stages of disciple growth based on Jim Putnam's disciple pathway.

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Stages of Disciple Growth

  1. 1. Matthew 4:19 “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
  2. 2. What Is A Disciple? Follows A disciple knows and follows Christ Changed A disciple is being changed by Christ On Mission A disciple is committed to the mission of Christ
  3. 3. Matthew 28:20 “As you are going, 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.”
  4. 4. Stages of Disciple Growth 2 Peter 3:17-18
  5. 5. 2 Peter 3:17-18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”
  6. 6. THE STAGES OF GROWTH FOR A DISCIPLE
  7. 7. SPIRITUALLY DEAD
  8. 8. Ephesians 2:1-5 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”
  9. 9. Spiritually Dead Feature Rebellion, Disbelief Phrase “I don’t believe there is a God” “The Bible is a bunch of myths.” “I’ve been a good person so I’ll be okay.”
  10. 10. INFANT
  11. 11. John 3:3 "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
  12. 12. Spiritual Infant Feature Ignorance, Confusion, Dependence Phrase “I didn’t know the Bible said that.” “What do I do about all my non- believing friends?” “I know Jesus is Savior and Lord, but is karma real?”
  13. 13. CHILD
  14. 14. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”
  15. 15. Spiritual Child Feature Self-Centeredness, Idealism, Over or Under-Confidence Phrase “I’m not being fed.” “Who are all these new people at church? We’re getting too big.” “My small group isn’t meeting my needs like they should.”
  16. 16. YOUNG ADULT
  17. 17. 1 John 2:12-13 “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 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 evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.”
  18. 18. Spiritual Young Adult Feature God-centered, Others-centered Phrase “In my time alone with God, the Spirit is changing my priorities.” “I love my group, but there are others who need a group like this.” “I deeply enjoy serving the church out of my giftedness.”
  19. 19. PARENT
  20. 20. 1 John 2:12-13 “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 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 evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.”
  21. 21. Spiritual Parent Feature Feed themselves & others; share their faith & help others grow Phrase “I realize discipleship happens at home, too.” “I’m training an apprentice leader in my small group.” “This guy at work asked me to explain the Bible to him. Pray for me.”
  22. 22. Spiritually Dead Infant Child Young Adult Parent
  23. 23. Matthew 28:20 “As you are going, 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.”
  24. 24. IBCB 1:8 “But you, IBC Berlin, will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Berlin, and in all Germany and Europe, and to the ends of the earth."

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