A disciple-maker’s role is similar to that of a parent, as every Christian is in a growth process as well, beginning with spiritual birth at salvation and then continuing on our entire lives. We see terms in the Bible that illustrate this truth.
- “grow up” in our salvation – 1 Peter 2:2.
- refusing to “grow up” – 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
- “still infants” in Christ – Hebrews 5:12.
- “children, young men, and fathers” – 1 John 2:12-14
We have identified five stages of a disciple’s growth. The next several days we will look at each of the stages”
- Stage 1: In the first stage, a person is spiritually dead, meaning that he or she has not been born again.
This stage is characterized by the word unbelief. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:1 that we were all dead in our trespasses and sins. Without Christ, we are separated from God, who is life, so when we are separated from Him, we will eventually die a physical death. But this is not all. Without Christ, we are dead spiritually as well.
Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins
Revelation 20:14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire
John 3:3-5 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again,[a] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Revelation 20:14 speaks of the second death, which will be experienced by all who enter eternity without receiving Christ. When we accept the good news — salvation through Christ — we are saved. At the moment of salvation, we are born again (John 3:3-5). The Holy Spirit moves in, and we start the process of growth as a spiritual man or woman. Yes, we will still die physically (until Jesus returns), but we will not experience eternal separation from God.