How do we create disciples? Putman’s idea is to do what Jesus does. Makes sense right?! yeah. However, I still have to believe that the individual has to make the decision to grow as a disciple. Some people get stuck in one “age group”. Putman has a very detailed list of how to classify the spiritual stage of an individual; death,infant, child, young adult and parent. He gives the readers the general characteristics, typical beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes along with the needs of each stage. My fear is we will classify people too quickly with this information. I know for me I still have a child like view on certain things but a very young adult perspective on others, based on Putman’s information…so what does that mean for me?
Mr. Jim Putman, has some good ideas and I believe that these are how we create disciples, however the theology of believeing that the “goal” of Christianity is heaven is very wrong. (page 116) Our lives are meant to be glorifying to God, as an offering for our King. Heaven is a by product of our Christ centered lives.
This should be read in very loose context. And use your people skills to know how approach and encourage people in faith. Being a disciple is being loving, bold in the face of the enemy and humble before our God.
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