Spiritual Formation –

“Striving to grow into Jesus' likeness.”

One of God’s clearest objectives for all his adopted children is to transform them into the likeness of his perfect Son (Rom. 8:29; Gal. 4:19; Eph. 4:11-16). That fact has been revealed to us so we will cooperate with him by setting aside our lesser goals and focusing on His as committed disciples of Jesus (Lk. 9:23; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Tim. 4:15-16).

Seeing to each person’s steady growth is a responsibility that belongs on every church’s short list of top priorities. It should include:

regularly highlighting and re-targeting Christlikeness (a.k.a. being godly, mature, complete, "perfect", holy, sanctified) as God’s will,

casting a vivid vision of what it “looks like”,

urging people to persevere in their pursuit of it,

encouraging them when they’re doing well and gently re-directing them when they’re falling short,

providing instruction to establish them in the fundamentals of Christian beliefs and lifestyle,

reminding them to conscientiously consider how to “edify” each other (Rom. 14:19; Eph. 4:29; Heb. 10:24),

using our shared commitment to spiritual formation as a filter for deciding how best to use our times together,

developing partnerships for mutual support and accountability. An excellent tool has been developed as a tri-fold "booklet" to help these relationships become truly life-changing. To view it, click on this link: Greenhouse Growth Groups

To read more about these and other ideas for establishing spiritual formation as a living priority in your church, including a list of basic Christian beliefs and lifestyle for every believer to work on, a master copy of "Greenhouse Growth Groups" and much more, order the book: Gold, Silver and Precious Stones.
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