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Spiritual formation—something Spiritual is being formed in us, making us into something better.
What does Jesus say needs to be done?
What does Jesus say needs to change?
What does Jesus say I need to do better?
Growing spiritually isn’t about me changing what I want. It’s about Jesus changing the inside of me.
John 17:3 (NRSV) 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
What would be the best possible environment for any seed to grow?
Is what I am currently doing, working?
Acts 2:42 (NRSV) 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
This is who Jesus was, what he said, what he did and what he promised.
Koinonia: partnership and participation
Acts 2:46–47 (NRSV) 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 . . . And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
We learn in rows. We grow in circles.
Spiritual formation — linking arms in a safe group is the best environment to train and to learn who Jesus really is so he can be fully formed in us.