Spheres and Stages of Discipleship Essay

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

SPHERES AND STAGES OF DISCIPLESHIP A PAPER
SUBMITTED TO DR. DONALD HICKS
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT
OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE
DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES
DSMN 500 BY
TERRELL PEARSON

CHICAGO, IL
FEBRUARY, 2015

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Introduction
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.1 In addition I will also discuss what is called the Four Spheres of discipleship.2 Spiritually Dead
The
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They can be identified by their “phrase from the stage” which are:
● I don’t know if this church meets my needs.
● The church is getting too big.
● Why do we have to learn new songs?
● No one speaks to me at church.10 The length of time a person has attended church has nothing to do with their level of growth.They need to surround themselves around mature Christians in order to go from dependency to self sufficient.11

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Putman, Harrington, and Coleman, 65. Ibid., 65.
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Ibid., 66.
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Ibid., 66
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Spiritual Young Adult
1 John 2:13­14 describes Spiritual Young Adults as Christians who have overcome the
Evil One and the Word of God abides in them.12 These individuals are striving to become more concerned about others rather than themselves. They are more students of the Word of God and the Great Commission. They are givers instead of takers.13 You can identify a Spiritual Young
Adult by these phrases from the stage:
● In my devotion…
● I will like to go to Uganda for a mission…
● I love being a worship leader because…
● I have three friends that I witness to…
These young adults need mentoring and a place to utilize their spiritual gifts.
Spiritual Parent
Spiritual Parents are considered spiritually mature people who make disciples and have grown strong in the Lord. These are reliable disciples who are qualified to teach others.14 2
Timothy 2:1­2 describes them as those who have grown strong in grace that is

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