Christian spiritual formation is the process being formed, or perhaps, re-formed, into the fully alive human person you were originally created to be. Christian formation is the journey of becoming through the extravagance of God’s love.
From the writings of the early church fathers and mothers, leaders and mystics, we are able to glean truths about god,the cosmos, and humanity. these insights guide us to experiencing an intimate and compassionate relationship with a loving God.
Christian spiritual formation dances in the tension of being and becoming. receiving, internalizing, and experiencing the absolutely unconditional and extravagant love of God establishes a safe context in which we find ourselves emerging into the full radiance and beauty God created us to become and live.
Paul’s writing my help us begin to explore the mystery and process of Christian spiritual formation and transformation:
“My children, I am again in the pain of childbirth, until Christ is formed in you (NASB);“We are engaged in the process of having Christ formed in you by the Holy Spirit. . .” —Galatians 4: 19
The Purpose of Christian Spiritual Formation
Every man and every woman bears the image of God simply because she or he exists. It is the spirit’s role to animate people in being and growth. The spirit’s work enables people to experience God's kindness and love. As this happens, Our truest identity of compassion, joy, hope, and peace emerge. In receiving and living in this God-breathed gift of relationship, people incarnate Jesus. Um, that's work thinking about.
The process of spiritual formation, the journey of being conformed into the image of Christ, is the spiritual journey of becoming. But it is never an end in itself. It is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. —Robert Mullholland, Jr.,Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1993. p.15.
we become people who are “blessed to bless others.” In doing so we enter into God's passion to bring love, compassion, grace, and justice into our worlds.
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