What Is Spiritual Formation?

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What is spiritual formation? Spiritual formation is how God impacts our lives and “forms” them (our lives) to be like Christ. It is the “ongoing process of the triune God transforming the believer’s life and character toward the life and character of Jesus Christ.” In other writers words spiritual formation can be defined as ”the ministry through which we seek to stimulate and support the ongoing spiritually transforming work of the Holy Spirit in and through the personal lives, relationships, and ministries of genuine believers so that we all progressively become more conformed to the image of Christ according to the will of God the Father.” These definitions of spiritual formation, I believe, cover the basis of what spiritual formation is and what it is founded on. Spiritual formation is based on and founded through out scriptures. This is evident through us being made in the image of God, the gifts of the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit and also how God calls us to think upon things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Genesis 1:26, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12, and Philippians 4:8). In this paper I will be discussing the biblical and theological basis for spiritual formation.
We recognize that spiritual formation is not specifically talked about in the bible, but that it “designates truth complexes that are essential to the faith and, in fact, interrelated biblically.” Pretty much we assume what spiritual formation is through context in the bible. We
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