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The Sequential Process of Spiritual Growth

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The Sequential Process of Spiritual Growth

Spring is the time when things begin to grow, so it’s the perfect time to talk about spiritual growth and life cycles. My last few blogs focused on the levels of discipleship: Level 1—a learner, Level 2—a Pupil, and Level 3—a Follower. This blog, and the next few are focused on the sequential process of spiritual growth.

Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”[1]

God designed all living beings to grow on a sequential pattern. We are first a single cell (egg), then for nine months a fetus, then a baby, a child, adolescent, adult, and last a parent (the ultimate purpose of life is to reproduce another life).

God designed our spiritual life to grow in exactly the same way as our natural life.

  1. Conception
  2. Birth and baby
  3. Childhood and Adolescence
  4. Adulthood and Parenthood

We are all at different spiritual ages. We are the family of God, and we need each other. We need spiritual Grandpa and Grandma’s, teens, adults, babies and children. New believers bring a spiritual freshness to your life and the life of the church. If you’re spiritually mature, find spiritual babies to hold, children to teach and inspire, and teens to mentor.


[1] Matthew 28:18-20 GW


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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