Christians are called to exemplify love, patience, kindness, and self control. It is a high calling, and one often met with confusion and despair. How is such a calling possible? How can these virtues ever describe me?! These questions are the backdrop to spiritual formation and, in particular, the spiritual disciplines. While the disciplines might immediately conjure up negative, legalistic notions in some minds, they are traditionally understood to be the means of personal growth (in Christ by the Spirit) and thereby true happiness in God.
This study explores the spiritual disciplines in six weeks. It begins by examining the work of the Spirit, who plays the integral role in uniting us to Christ and producing Christlike fruit (week 1). The study then summarizes and applies many of the spiritual disciplines, including prayer, service, poverty, simplicity, meditation, and contemplation, among others (weeks 2-6). Everyone is welcome to this study, whether you are a newcomer to the faith or a seasoned Christian. As Jerome (347-420AD) quipped, these studies are “shallow enough for a babe to come and drink without fear of drowning and deep enough for a theologian to swim without ever touching the bottom.”
Childcare is provided.