Spiritually Dead?

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”

  1. 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.

By | 2017-08-08T16:05:54+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: SENT|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 20 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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