Basic Spiritual Growth Is Compared to Human Growth
Hearers, Seekers, Babes, Children, Teenagers, Adulthood, and Leadership
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby…1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:6
…everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby. But solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.
“Whoever has ears to hear let him hear” Mark 4:9
- Hearers – Hear the Message of the Kingship of God, which is, that one should hear and embrace the Kingship of God and His Messiah and repentance, commitment, and reformation; For the Inheritance of His Kingdom is here! and available to all who do so!
- Repent means to Return and Submit to Yahweh and his Messiah asking for His help to do so,
- Commit to Reform and Amend your life and Commit to learn to learn follow His Way for us, individually, in family, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, in community, etc. Learn to love God with your ALL and to love your family and neighbors as yourself and to teach your children in “The Way”.
- Lean and Commit to living in the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and to Refrain from bad behaviors, such as: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness in body and speech, fraud, lying, covetousness, greed, thievery, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, divisions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these: “of which I forewarn you…that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:16-26
Acts 2:36 “Therefore, let all the house of Israel (and Gentiles) know certainly that (Yahweh our) God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus (Y’Shua) whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized (and/or, re-baptized), every one of you, in the name of Jesus the Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the holy spirit. 39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as Yahweh our God will call to himself.”Acts 2:36-47
40 With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” 41 Then those who gladly embraced his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. 42 They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. 43 Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 All who believed were together, and had all things in common. 45 They sold (some of) their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. 46 Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the house of God, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God, and having favor with all the (other) people. The Lord added to the Congregation day by day those who were being saved.
A new covenantal reality came into existence through the work of Messiah Y’Shua.
There is [excluded from this new covenantal reality] neither Judean nor Grecian/Aramaic [Jews], there is [excluded] neither bond-servant nor free [Gerím], there is [excluded] neither male nor female: for you all are of the Mashíakh Yahshúa.… For as you were initiated by water into the Mashíakh you have been clothed by the Mashíakh.… And if you are of the Mashíakh then you are the [blessed] seed of Aḅraham, and heirs [to eternal life within your own status] according to the promise.Galatians 3:28, 27, 29 YBA My Translation
Hearers – Hear the Message of the Kingdom of God, which is, that one should hear and embrace the Reign of God and His Messiah over ones’ heart and life
Seekers – Desire Liberation and Salvation and Seek Entrance into the Community of the Kingdom.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”
Babes – Initiates receive a Baptismal Initiation (II Kings 5:14) There are other Baptisms beside this one.
Begin Training in Righteous Behavior In Thoughts, Words, and Deeds. Learn the difference between, the Permissive Will of God, The Good Will of God, and the Perfect Will of God, gaining understanding and resolve about how it applies to you and to further levels of growth and maturity. Learn to pray, study, think and ask questions. Learn to forgive and be forgiven.
Children – Continue Training in this Righteousness, learning the “lower” and “higher” ways. Learn about Covenants, continuity and discontinuity, various status’s of consecration and holiness.
Teenager – Graduation from Childhood having a good overview of “The Way” with a further and more mature embracing of it. Making choices as to Adulthood.
Adulthood – Faithfulness and Fidelity in Community, committed to the higher way of living, whether Jewish or non-Jewish.
Ministerial Assistants – Aid the leadership in various ways
Deacons & Deaconesses
Elders / Bishops / Pastors / Priests / Teachers
Senior Pastor or Bishop