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Discipleship

DISCIPLING THE CHILDHOOD STAGE

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Scriptures for those Training Spiritual Children

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.—2 Timothy 3:14-17

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it—

Proverbs 22:6

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.—Ephesians 6:4

Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?—Hebrews 12:9

Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.—Deuteronomy 4:9

The Spiritual Childhood Stage

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me”

1 Corinthians 13:11

A Spiritual Child’s Thinking

  •   Self-focused absorbed rather than kingdom focused.

  •   Combine and confuse worldly wisdom with God’s wisdom.

  •   Learning to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ

  •   NEED TO BE TAUGHT AND READ A LOT OF THE BIBLE

    A Spiritual Child’s Relationships

  •   Excitement over having deep relationships

  •   Disillusionment because of their high expectations of others

  •   Enjoys their small group—not wanting much change

  •   NEED TEACHING ON HOW TO BUILD DEEP SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIPS

    A Spiritual Child’s Speech

  •   Speak out of feelings

  •   Lack convictions to back up words

  •   More knowledge of what Christians say than what those words say

  •   NEED TEACHING ON THEIR IDENTITY IN CHRIST

    A Spiritual Child’s Actions

  •   Tend to be selfish. Beginning to see character sins

  •   Make bad decisions with pure motives

  •   Lack of wisdom about how to use what they are learning

  •   Tendency to imitate mature Christian behavior

  •   NEED TEACHING ON HOW THE SPIRIT CHANGES US FROM INSIDE OUT

    A Spiritual Child’s Attitudes

  •   Rely on feelings. Highs and lows emotionally

  •   Tend to over react

  •   Learning how to resolve conflict in a spiritual way

  •   NEED TEACHING ON DEALING WITH EMOTIONS

Discipleship Convictions for Childhood

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  •   Selfishness.

  •   Sanctification.

  •   Entitlement.

  •   The Holy Spirit Is God

  •   The Acts of the Holy Spirit

  •   Personality of the Holy Spirit

  •   The Holy Spirit, The Counselor

  •   The Holy Spirit, The Teacher

  •   Who You Are in Christ.

  •   Power of Relationships

  •   Kingdom of God

  •   Spiritual Formation

  •   Dealing With Emotions

  •   Healthy Conflict