The gospel has the power to transform any person. It is the unconditional, seeking, rescuing love of God that transforms lives.
But, how do we view salvation? Is it a decision that a person makes and then checks it off their list? Is it their "get out of hell free" card? How we answer this question is very important.
I believe it is the beginning of the task. It is enormously important because according to God's Word, people are either followers of Jesus or they are not.
Jesus' command was to make disciples of all nations and baptize them. But, the next statement is, "...and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you..." Matthew 28:20.
I've been reading a great book called, "Real Life Discipleship" by Jim Putnam. I like the aspect of the book that highlights the importance of learning where each person is at in their growth process.
Here are some excerpts from the book on the spiritual growth process...
It is important for disciple-makers to understand how to effectively lead people to take next steps towards growth in Christ. By the way, age doesn't automatically equal that someone is spiritually mature.
Leading people to Jesus is one of the most exciting experiences to be a part of as a Christ-follower. It is even more exciting to see that person grow and lead others to Jesus. Salvation is just the beginning of the race to pursue Jesus.
Who are you discipling that can in turn disciple someone else?
Where do you think you are in the spiritual growth process?