Where does the concept of Spiritual Formation originate?
For centuries Christians have sought ways to draw near to God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that enabled them to journey with Jesus. Acts 2:42 is a guide for a daily rhythm of life that fuels spiritual growth: They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Why are we focusing on Spiritual Formation at SBPC?
Over the past few years, our community of faith has expressed a longing to go deeper in our understanding and relationship with God. This is not unique to SBPC; churches all over the country have experienced the need to re-evaluate the pathway of discipleship. Research demonstrates that engaging in spiritual formation through disciplines and practices (both personally and communally) is one of the foundational catalysts for spiritual growth. Our intention is to expose the congregation to as many different disciplines and practices as possible, because no one path will work for everyone. It is our hope that everyone will discover multiple ways to draw near to Jesus in everyday living.
What if it is difficult?
Adding anything to our busy 24/7 lives sounds difficult, if not impossible. It will take intentional effort to slow down long enough to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, but straining under our own will power won't help. Spiritual Formation isn't about trying harder. Spiritual practices help us open up time and opportunity to refocus our normal rhythm of life to recognize Jesus in the moment.
A parable is told: A follower asks "Is there anything I can do to transform myself?" The teacher replies "as little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning." Discouraged, the follower asks, "Then what's the use of spiritual practices?" He responds, "to make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise."