Is discipleship something that can be learned in a classroom? What effect does it have on us if most of our teaching is directed at the head rather than the heart? What if we never practice what we learn?
What does the process of spiritual formation actually look like? Do I have any part in my own spiritual formation, or does God do all the work? This article introduces the three basic movements of spiritual formation and how we align with what God is doing to take us deeper into the good life.
To form something is to cause it to take on a certain desired shape. For Christians, spiritual formation is the process by which we take on the shape of Jesus, learning to live the good life that he proclaimed and opened for us. Spiritual formation is how we participate with God in trading our old way of life for this new, very good life that opens up into God’s beautiful, endless, glorious future…
A habit is simply an ingrained pattern of behavior. In a very real way, our habits determine who we are. Fortunately, just as our bodies have the capacity for forming new habits, they also have the capacity to change ingrained ones. Here is a short introduction to habit change for Christians.
What does the word actually mean? Here’s a hint: before we can get started with the good life, we have to ask ourselves: who knows best how to live the good life, or what the good life even is? Who’s in charge here?
The word regnare means to reign; our project is to (re)discover ways of living that reshape our imagination, habits, and practices such that we can better see the kingdom ("reign") of God and better follow him into what he is doing around us.
Does that sound difficult? Jesus says that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. The more we learn from him and actually do what he says, we find Jesus knows how to truly live—to remain in touch with the source of life at all times (God himself) and to get involved with what God is doing to create and cultivate lasting good from the raw stuff that makes up our daily life.
This is the kind of life Jesus led. And he is still at work, teaching others the way to this very good life. Interested? Read more...