Spiritual Formation Growth Plan
Dr. Mel Lawrenz in his book The Dynamics of Spiritual Formation states the spiritual formation facts:
“Whatever one’s spiritual temperament, the basic facts are constant: We are dead in sin, rebirth by the spirit of God is the only path to spiritual life, and that life must develop in a lifelong process of growth, integration, and transformation.”
Dr. Lawrenz’s “A lifelong process of growth, integration and transformation” helped me reflect my spiritual journey.
My last 26 years of Christian life has been a sinner’s struggling journey though God’s grace is sufficient to me. My spiritual life reflected my worldly ambitious prodigal life.
It’s a new begin though I desire to close to our Lord daily. Now I feel more than any time to maintain a continual walk with Christ Jesus. In order to develop my spiritual formation, I need to start once again to try and develop the discipline to set aside a quiet time with the Lord in the mornings and evenings as a minimum. In my experience as a Christian, despite all of the doctrine I will learn. I know that my continual fellowship with Christ is the most critical aspect in my personal sanctification and empowerment to my spiritual formation.
Dr. Mel Lawrenz is right when he emphasizes “God grows what he makes.” For my spiritual growth I must know that growth is not just increase, but shaping. And growth requires time, care, and nourishment, and thus I must have a spiritual growth plan by God’s grace.
This semester my goal in the area of spiritual formation is to gain at least four new insights about the grace and wisdom and compassion of God from traditions other than my own.
1. Reflect weekly on Jeremiah 31:31-34 to
Understand how great God’s covenant is
Of Grace to me. Written reflections 12/15
2. Read Grace – God’s unmerited Favor
By C.H. Spurgeon One page summary 12/15