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What is Christian spiritual formation? Spiritual formation is the process of forming or growing the spiritual self. The "spiritual formation movement" refers to the heightened interest in spiritual formation.
Because all people have spirits, spiritual formation happens in all people. However, Christian spiritual formation is something a little more specific; it is about becoming more like Christ. The spiritual formation movement has become somewhat controversial in Christian circles.
Some say that Christian spiritual formation borders on New Age-ism or works-based salvation. They argue that our relationship with God is not about experience or effort, but about truth.
Others believe that the Church has been negligent in obeying the word of Christ. Salvation is by grace, and we use that as an excuse not to engage in any traditional religious practices. Because we cannot earn salvation, we have abdicated completely our responsibility to grow spiritually.
We think we are saved through belief alone, and we fail to translate that belief into action. Of course, there is also a balanced perspective — one that affirms salvation by grace through faith, the importance of truth, and the importance of obedience.
Many term this type of spiritual formation, "spiritual transformation. Paul told Timothy to train himself to be godly 1 Timothy 4: Biblical spiritual formation is a training program, an intentional effort to be godly, not in our own strength but through the power of Christ John And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
We tend to focus on justification more than sanctification. We seem to miss the fact that we are to be disciples. This lack is what Christian spiritual formation attempts to address. The intent of Christian spiritual formation is to facilitate the Holy Spirit's inward transformation of our hearts, which is reflected through our outward behaviors.
In essence, we cooperate with God's work by obeying His commands. The acts of Christian spiritual formation are meant to draw us closer to God. They are methods we use to "put off [the] old" and prepare our hearts for God to "put on the new" Ephesians 4: As we make efforts to obey the directives God has given us, we begin to know Him more.Spiritual Formation and Getting Closer to God.
Topics: Citation Spiritual Formation across the Lifespan Research the spiritual formation and growth throughout the lifespan. Look at Kohlberg, Fowler, and Piaget. You will discover other have worked on this topic as well.
You can certainly use Scripture, but good research is required. Spiritual growth becomes spiritual surrender — a surrender to infinite love. We surrender to the One who gave himself for us out of love. We grow through becoming closer to him. Invite God to use your journaling experiences to draw you closer to Him and help you grow as a person.
Ask Him to use your journaling to help you discover more about both Him and yourself. Get ready. Picture this: A person, young or old, is practicing the faith yet naturally wants to grow in his or her relationship with Jesus and become closer to God.
10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers. View Series / Rick Warren. People think they know what Christianity is all about. But are their assumptions accurate? Addressing 10 common spiritual questions below, Rick Warren reveals the truth plainly without clouding the issue with religious jargon or rules.*.
Spiritual formation is the process of forming or growing the spiritual self. The "spiritual formation movement" refers to the heightened interest in spiritual formation. Because all people have spirits, spiritual formation happens in all people.
However, Christian spiritual formation is something a.