Profile of A Spiritually Mature Disciple of Jesus by Ron Bennett

 Chart Below Adapted from Ron Bennett’s excellent book, Intentional Disciplemaking, NavPress, p. 31


Trait Indicators: Child/Infant Adult/Mature Parent/Leader
Commitment (to) To God’s Word – Truth (2 Tim. 3:16) Christ as leader of life (Matt. 4:19) Discipling others (Matt. 28:19-20)
Competence (in) Fellowship with God through the Word and prayer & with others in God’s family (1 John 1:1-3);


Shares their personal faith story with others.

Feed themselves on God’s Word; abiding in Christ (John 8:31-32; Hebrews 5:12);


Shares the gospel with lost people, guiding them to personal faith in Christ (Rom. 1:16).

Follow up of new believers in Christ (Heb. 5:12);


Use their spiritual gifts effectively (1 Cor. 12:12-13).

Character (internal – leading to external) Sensitivity toward sin – an honesty to own up to the realities of falling short of God’s glory and His standards for us (1 John 1:9);


A genuine love for Christ (John 14:21).

Love for others, others focus; and a servant spirit (John 13:34-35);


Self-control – exercising spiritual and personal disciplines (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

Self-sacrificing (1 Thess. 2:8-9);


Godliness (1 Tim. 4:12; 6:11).

Conviction (in) Identity with Christ; loved, valuable in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17);


Belief in the Authority and reliability of the Word (1 Pete 2:2; Hebrews 4:12)

Living by faith and the power of His Holy Spirit (Heb. 11:6);


Character of God; confident in His promises (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Worth of every individual (Rom. 12:3-4);


Value of spiritual generations; spiritual heritage (3 John 4; 2 Tim. 2:2).

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Marin Bible Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 30 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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