Developing a Christian Worldview of Spiritual Formation and Growth

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Developing a Christian Worldview of Spiritual Formation and Growth
Liberty University

Abstract
This paper looks at how spiritual formation and growth can develop through a person’s lifetime. The goal is to show how modern day human development theories relate to Christlike living. Erikson’s developmental theory and Kohlberg’s moral development theory both give a guide to maturity in a secular worldview. By looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we can see God’s directions to living a Christlike life in a Christian worldview. It’s also important to look at the influence of the Holy Spirit in developing a person’s spiritual life. By relating a worldly view of personal development with god’s guidance through scripture and the Holy
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stagnation is characterized by achieving meaningful work and possible a family (Berger). Finally, Berger explains later adulthood, integrity vs. despair focuses on older adults trying to make sense out of their lives.
Looking at these stages through a Christian worldview, these stages take on a different spiritually relevant developmental outcome. Tate & Parker (2007) explain trust vs. mistrust now can be characterized by the “born again” gaining trust in the goodness of God. Autonomy vs. shame and doubt now focuses on one’s ability to build self-control and the willpower to resist evil (Tate & Parker). The Christian worldview of the play stage can be characterized by an individual’s initiative to begin spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Biblical studying, and listening for God’s voice in their life (Tate & Parker). The industry vs. inferiority stage now focuses on an individual’s dedication to service within the Kingdom (Tate & Parker). In the identity vs. identity confusion stage, a Christian worldview will focus on an individual’s role in the “body of Christ” (Tate & Parker). Tate and Parker describe the spiritual young adult stage as being characterized by developing a close and intimate relationship with Christ. Tate and Parker admit the final two spiritual stages, middle adulthood and later adulthood, are characterized by an individual reaching “spiritual adulthood” and become spiritual authorities that begin mentoring those individuals

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