Why Spiritual Formation?

August 23
Rev. Jim Toole
John 15:4-5
Why Church?

Why Spiritual Formation? 

Greg Ogden in the book Discipleship Essentials describes a disciple as one who responds in faith and obedience to the gracious call to follow Jesus Christ. Being a disciple is a lifelong process of dying to self while allowing Jesus Christ to come alive in us.

Discipleship is meant to be a way of life!

Theme: We as individuals will grow in discipleship in direct relationship to how much we allow Christ to permeate all of our life!

So this morning I want to highlight five markers or habits that Richard Foster prescribes to help us take on the life of Jesus—to become followers of Jesus—and as a result to be transformed from the inside out. These biblical strands of discipleship throughout church history have been highlighted in the book by Richard Foster, Streams of Living Water

  1. A Prayer-Filled Life: Our heart’s steady attention on God
  2. A Virtuous Life: Responding with integrity
  3. A Spirit-Empowered Life: Fueling our lives from the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
  4. A Compassionate Life: Extending compassion in every sphere of life
  5. A Word-Centered Life: Living the life-giving message

It will not be good enough to see discipleship done an hour here or an hour there. A healthy life of discipleship is where we start to integrate and permeate our lives with the habits of a Prayer Filled Life, Obedient Life, Spirit Empowered Life, Compassionate Life and a Word Centered Life. It becomes a beautiful woven chord of Spiritual healthy habits in our lives.