Stages-of-Spiritual-Maturity

Stages of Spiritual Maturity

The process of becoming “fully trained disciples of Jesus.”

  • Conception – The Process of Becoming a Child of God
    • Being drawn to Jesus by the Father.
      John 6:44
      "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
    • Receiving and Believing Jesus.
      John 1:12
      But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
    • Being Born Again.
      John 3:7
      "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
    • Hearing the Gospel, believing and confessing Jesus
      Romans 10:10
      For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
       
  • Newborn Babes (No matter what our background, this is where we all start)
    1 Peter 2:1-3
    1
    Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
    2
    as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
    3
    if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
    • Newborns are self-centered, and totally dependent on others for:
      • The “Pure milk of the Word,” attention and affection, and cleaning up their messes.
      • Protection from Predators. (i.e. wolves in sheep’s clothing (the clergy laity system), false teachers, false prophets, false apostles, and false Christs.)
    • Little Children

1 John 2:12-13
12
I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake.
13
I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.

    • They are unable to prepare their own spiritual food. But if healthy, they begin self-feeding and exploring many things.
    • If they are left to their self, they are likely to remain fleshly (carnal).
    • They need help establishing safe and healthy boundaries.
    • They need much reassurance that their sins are forgiven.
    • Like newborns, they need Protection from Predators. (i.e. wolves in sheep’s clothing (the clergy laity system), false teachers, false prophets, false apostles, and false Christs.)
  • Young Men (Spiritually Maturing Young Adult Men and Women)

1 John 2:13
I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
1 John 2:14
I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
 

    • They are humble, have learned to obey the commands of Jesus, have become strong and overcome the Evil One. They read and study the Scriptures, and pray regularly.
    • Resisting the Devil and Temptation is a consistent part of their walk with the Lord.
    • They can discern the truth from error, and good fruit from bad fruit.
    • They are free from the traditions, doctrines and commandments of men.
    • They are becoming fellow-workers in the harvest of lost people,
    • They have discovered their Spiritual Gift, and help build up the Body of Christ.
  • Fathers (Spiritually Mature Men and Women who are reproducing children)
  • 1 John 2:13
    I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
    -14 
    • They oversee and nurture others in sound doctrine with gentleness.
    • They encourage the weak, warn the unruly, and rebuke the rebellious.