Thursday, December 8, 2011

5 Lists of 3. Simplifying the Process of Spiritual Formation

Captain Jack Sparrow held one of the Pirate Lord's eight pieces of nine. I just get a kick out of that term. Today, I give you five lists of three.

These are five different lists which each seek to describe (not necessarily define) the process of spiritual formation. These lists are not meant to be comprehensive, nor are they solely instructional; but hopefully they provide some opportunity for reflection. Here we go:

1. A Church's Approach to Spiritual Formation:
  • Teach Biblical Content
  • Encourage Spiritual Disciplines
  • Empower Christlike Mission
2. A Group Approach to Spiritual Formation:
  • Partnering for growth together
  • Serving the church together
  • Engaging the world together
3. A Personal Approach to Spiritual Formation:
  • Be a disciple
  • Be invitational
  • Be missional
4. A Progressive Approach to Spiritual Formation:
  • Leave Life (for Christ's)
  • Live Life (of obedience)
  • Give Life (for others)
5. A Progressive Approach to Spiritual Formation (2):
  • Obey
  • Love
  • Bear Fruit

What do you think? What would you add? What would you subtract? What would you change? What needs further clarity?

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