Second Stage – Child

Section 6: Second Stage – Child

OBSERVATIONS, QUOTES AND ASSUMPTIONS: Agree or disagree?

A. Child stage characteristics include being playful, curious, asking questions, wanting to be “big” and to explore but stay in touch. Basic lessons in the child stage include learning manners, obedience, rules and good behavior.

B.Matthew 18:1-4: At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” In the context of this seminar, this passage can be interpreted not as regressing but advancing to a childlike state from a self-centered spiritual infancy.

C. Scripture provides answers to child stage curiosity and promotes health and growth.  John 8:31-32: Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” The primary learning tool for child level disciples will be to read and learn scripture, and particularly the teachings of Jesus is the Gospels.

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DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

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