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In the Wesleyan tradition, we believe that Christian formation happens best “when two or more are gathered.” So focus is the body of Christ ...
In the Wesleyan tradition, we believe that Christian formation happens best “when two or more are gathered.” So focus is the body of Christ gathered--worshiping; sharing, learning, fellowshipping, taking Holy Communion, and doing works of piety and charity--together. In addition, a relationship with God is not primarily an individual’s lonely personal quest for transcendence. It is not about becoming more self-centered, more self-focused, but it is about becoming more self-forgetful.
The book outlines spiritual practices that involve individual and congregational transformation through learning and loving, fellowship and worship, by being lifted up in spirit and being enlightened in mind. A normal Christian life needs balance not only between work and rest and play, but also between worship, sacraments, doing, and learning. It needs balance between being alone with God and time with significant others.
Introduction: Forward Christian Soldiers vii
Part 1 Spirituality as Life in the Body of Christ 1
1 Loving and Worshiping God Wholeheartedly 3
2 The Root of Spiritual Formation: Conversion 20
3 The Imitation of Christ-No, Really! 34
4 Salvation and Spiritual Formation 49
5 The Fruit of Spiritual Formation 66
Part 2 The Individual Context: The Believer as a Member of the Body 79
6 The Believer and the Means of Grace 81
7 Spiritual Formation and Searching the Scripture 107
8 The Lord's Supper as Spiritual Formation 128
9 Works of Charity as Spiritual Formation 147
After Words: What Does a Normal Christian Life Entail? 179