Discipleship Culture 5
This is part 5 of our summer discipleship series of 2011. In it, we look at how to encourage growth in Christians who are in the stages of a child and young adult.
We're grateful for Real Life Discipleship materials which we used to help communicate the process of discipleship. Link to their site here: http://resources.reallifeministries.com.
Ask the large group what "phrases from the stage" they might remember that would help you to identify if a person exhibits characteristics of one of these two stages.
You might read some of the phrases below to refresh people's memories. It's obviously not important to listen for the exact question, but for the attitude that each represents.
Small Group Breakout:
1. What differentiates these two stages in your mind?
2. CONNECT is the word for the spiritual child stage. Why is important to focus on connecting them with others (church, small group) at this point in their development?
3. What's the danger of not connecting a new Christian with a fellowship of believers?
4. What are some things that Jeff said that you could do to encourage a Christian's growth during this stage?
5. Why should you not be an "answer person" for someone at this level?
6. Just as a child sometimes has a "me first" mentality, how might that attitude show up in a Christian at this stage? In a meeting? In a small group? In a conversation with a leader?
7. What was the recommended resource? If some of your group has been through Experiencing God, share briefly why it's excellent for this stage.
SPIRITUAL YOUNG ADULT
MINISTER is the word for this stage. Share with your group how important it is to help a Christian minister/serve from a love for God and a love for others rather than from duty or obligation.
8. What is it about serving others that challenges us so deeply in our faith?
9. What are some things that we can do to help Christians make sure they're serving with the right motives?
10. If service distinguishes a spiritual young adult, what are some things you could watch for or listen for to tell if someone is actually less spiritually mature than a young adult and been given an opportunity for service before they were ready?
11. What kinds of service/ministry do you think could be open for other stages?
12. Why is so important to prepare Christians for disappointment and success as they serve others?