- Spiritual formation is the process of becoming like Christ
- 18.1 Now we do not need to worry ourselves about attaining some sort of sinless state, or perfection in this life.
- Progress, not perfection, is our goal in our spiritual journeys
- 18.2 Spiritual formation is a process empowered by the Holy Spirit.
18.2.1 Spiritual formation is about BEING FORMED
18.2.2 It is NOT about forming ourselves to be like Christ
188.8.131.52 Part of our struggle with the process of BEING FORMED is recognizing that
there is little we can do to transform ourselves into persons who love and serve as Jesus
did…EXCEPT to make ourselves available for God and to respond to his initiatives in
our lives…this results in the work of transforming grace in our lives.
- 18.2.3 It is learning the dance of God
- The process changes a person’s inner and outer life.
- 18.3.1 Jesus was always more interested in what was going on in the inside of people than he was with mere outward activity. Spiritual formation is about having the inner recesses of our lives touched by God’s Spirit.
- 18.4 The result of the formation process is that the believer’s life will be progressively
- conformed to the likeness of Christ.
18.4.1 In the life of Jesus we see what true humanity was intended to be. God’s desire is that we be reshaped into his image.
18.5 Spiritual formation is a communal activity, not an individual journey.
18.5.1 We need the encouragement, strength, love, and relationship of others as we walk the pathway of formation.
18.6 Formation is a process that occurs over a lifetime.
18.6.1 We live in a "hurry up" culture and world. Spiritual formation is a gradual, life-long
experience of shaping and forming by God’s Spirit.
18.7 The key word in all of this… PROCESS!
18.7.1 Spiritual formation is a process, but it does have an end in mind. Andrew Murray
describes the intended end:
"True Christianity aims at having the character of Christ so formed in us that in our most ordinary activities His temperament and attitudes reveal themselves. The Spirit and the will of Christ should so possess us that in our relationships with people, in our leisure time, and in our
daily business it will be second nature for us to act like Him. All this is possible because
(Daily Experience with God )
- Christ himself, as the Living One, lives in us."