Discipleship Part 3: Spiritual Infant

  • Trent Kirkland
  • Mar 8, 2015

A spiritual infant knows it. Colossians 1:13

A Spiritual infant shows it. 1 Peter 2:1-2

What does a Spiritual Infant look like?

  • Ignorance... concerning biblical truth
  • Confusion... about how to develop the habits of a disciple
  • Dependence... on others for spiritual growth

This is not a BAD thing. It's simply a reality at this stage.

How can we identify a Spiritual Infant?

The "Phrase from the Stage"

  • "Why do I need to go to Church Regularly?"
  • "I've been hurt by others, so it's just me and God. I don't need people."
  • "If I pray and read my Bible, will be good enough to get to heaven?"
  • "I provide for my family. I don't have time for church."
  • "What should I do about my old friends who don't believe?"
  • "I am not sure I believe what the Bible says about that."
  • "I believe in Jesus, but is karma real too?"

What do Spiritual Infants need?

1 Thessalonians 2:6-8

  • Personal attention from a disciple-making parent.
  • Care and Protection
  • Teaching and Modeling new truth
  • to develop New Habits that become rhythms they learn to live by

What is God teaching you and what are you going to do about it? When you are in a relationship with someone who is a spiritual infant they need you to SHARE with them....

  • Share your life... regular time is critical
  • Share new truth... use good dicipleship resources (Note: Good resources get you into the Word)
  • Share new habits... teach though modeling (Bible reading, prayer, sharing the gospel, church involvement)

In what ways are you currently SHARING with a spiritual infant?

To make disciples, we must first be desciples. Therefore, ask yourself....

  • How am I being changed by Jesus through His word?
  • How am I growing in my intimacy and dependence on Jesus through prayer?
  • Who am I helping to grow in this stage as a disciple?