Spiritual growth – How to disciple spiritual children Part 3 – The power of example and words

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Spiritual growthSpiritual growth – The power of example and words

Spiritual growth in the heart

In the previous post I mentioned that before parents teach any spiritual growth principles to their children the commands of the Lord must be “in their hearts” and that from the very beginning, the pattern for the multiplication of human generations depends on the mother and father having a correct relationship with God and His Word.  I concluded by declaring that if the parents fail here, they will seriously compromise the whole process of spiritual growth.

Spiritual growth through the spoken word

However, this love and heart knowledge of the Word of God still is not sufficient to establish God’s pattern for spiritual growth and multiplication.  The parents must diligently teach that which is in their hearts concerning the Lord.  While it is true that children subconsciously receive many things that their parents pass on to them in virtue of being together, the parents need to diligently and purposely teach many other things. Parents must cultivate a healthy flow of communication between themselves and their children so that they reinforce their example with words.

Spiritual growth integrated in all aspects of life

Finally, the examples and words from the heart need to be present throughout all aspects of family life: time together in the home, outside in the way, rising up in the morning and settling down at the end of the day.  The principles of the Word should be constantly before the family to the point of writing them on the walls and carrying them in written form throughout the day.  When parents and their children follow this pattern, God can much more easily manifest His favor and plan to the nations.

From this principle, we can begin to understand how the Lord works through the local church to fulfill the Great Commission of making and multiplying disciples.  This must be done on the local church level since the Universal Church while a true entity is also an impractical model for discipleship just as the concept of the entire human family is useless for raising your own children.

Some evangelical writers and church leaders teach that the great commission is the local church’s responsibility and not the individual member’s concern.  This is also an impractical position since any given member can try to push off his responsibility to the remaining part of the local church.  This thinking is useless.  I am not suggesting that each member of the church treat the great commission on an individual level independent of the local church.  However, I am suggesting that it is necessary that each church member be taught to be a responsible “disciple maker” so that if each member does his or her part the whole church will be effective to this end.

While in recent years, many churches have assimilated the restoration of the “Universal priesthood of the believer” into their current church ecclesiology, in practice the great majority of 21st century Christians have no Biblical based ministerial function within the church.  I am not referring to titles but to functions. (continued)

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