Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ

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Foundations of Spiritual Formation takes a unique approach to its subject, arguing that we become like Christ in the context of authentic, Christian community. Without undermining individual Bible study, private prayer, and meditation, the authors emphasize these pursuits for the purpose of both personal and community enrichment-that the whole body, as well as the individual, may be built up.

Part 1 lays the foundations of spiritual formation. Jonathan Morrow develops a ...

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Overview

Foundations of Spiritual Formation takes a unique approach to its subject, arguing that we become like Christ in the context of authentic, Christian community. Without undermining individual Bible study, private prayer, and meditation, the authors emphasize these pursuits for the purpose of both personal and community enrichment-that the whole body, as well as the individual, may be built up.

Part 1 lays the foundations of spiritual formation. Jonathan Morrow develops a distinctively evangelical theology, while Richard Averbeck writes about worship. Then Gordon Johnston and Darrell Bock delve into the text of Scripture, grounding the pursuit of spiritual formation in revealed truth.

Part 2 focuses on functional aspects of spiritual formation. Klaus Issler emphasizes the importance of the heart in spiritual formation, while Reid Kisling illustrates the vital connection between character development and spiritual formation. Bill Miller explores love's role as the motivation for spiritual formation. Andrew Seidel examines servant leadership, and George Hillman extends the discussion to include the significance of calling. Gail Seidel discusses personal narrative as a catalyst for spiritual formation, and in closing, Harry Shields advocates the public preaching of the Word as a tool for spiritual formation.

Paul Pettit (D.Min) is director of the spiritual formation program at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of Congratulations, You're Gonna Be a Dad; Congratulations, You've Got Tweens; and Dynamic Dads.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825434693
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 562,603
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Pettit (D.Min., Dallas Theological Seminary) is the president and founder of Dynamic Dads, an organization offering encouragement to fathers. A former sportscaster and youth pastor, he currently serves at Dallas Seminary as director of spiritual formation. Paul enjoys theology, golf, Kansas University basketball, and Texas barbecue.
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Table of Contents


Foreword Howard Hendricks 9 Contributors 15 Introduction Paul Pettit 17 Abbreviations 27 Part 1 Laying the Foundations of Spiritual Formation Chapter 1 Introducing Spiritual Formation Jonathan Morrow 31 Chapter 2 Worship and Spiritual Formation Richard Averbeck 51 Chapter 3 Old Testament Community and Spiritual Formation Gordon Johnston 71 Chapter 4 New Testament Community and Spiritual Formation Darrell L. Bock 103 Part 2 Practicing the Elements of Spiritual Formation Chapter 5 The Soul and Spiritual Formation Klaus Issler 121 Chapter 6 Character and Spiritual Formation Reid Kisling 143 Chapter 7 Love and Spiritual Formation Bill Miller 163 Chapter 8 Leadership and Spiritual Formation Andrew Seidel 177 Chapter 9 Calling and Spiritual Formation George Hillman 195 Chapter 10 Life Story and Spiritual Formation Gail Seidel 217 Chapter 11 Preaching and Spiritual Formation Harry Shields 245 Conclusion Paul Pettit 269 Scripture Index 277 Subject Index 289 Bible Permissions 317
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  • Posted May 4, 2014

    Strongly Recommend, this is valuable for all leaders

    This book is really fantastic, providing powerful guidance and suggestions to lead your church or your family in devotional to better understand the teachings in the Bible.

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