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Spiritual Formation in Congregations. CS 654 Houston Graduate School of Theology. Christian Spirituality. Spiritual Formation. Foundations. Spiritual Formation Defined. Dallas Willard says that spiritual formation is . . . Spiritual formation is . . .

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spiritual formation in congregations

Spiritual Formation in Congregations

CS 654

Houston Graduate School of Theology

how is spirituality distinguished from spiritual formation

Christian spiritual formation is a God-ordained process that shapes our entire person so that we take on the character and being of Christ himself.

How is spirituality distinguished from spiritual formation?
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Spiritual formation is concerned with the hidden dimension of every human life, the space God has given us to become the person we choose to be. (Richard Foster)

  • Spirituality informs the choices. When we are open and responsive to the process, our outer life becomes an expression of this inner formation.
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Christian formation is real life. If we wall off our Christian formation from real life, we only pretend
exercise
Jot down a summary of words and ideas to describe spiritual formation in your own words as a reflection on the definitions we have just discussed.Exercise
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Spiritual Formation

Biblical and Theoretical Foundations

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Conformation

  • Relinquishing control to God
  • Being compliant and obedient
  • Takes place at points of “unlikeness” to Christ
Theoretical Foundations