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More Than the Spiritual Theme

June 04, 2021
By Joshua Stines

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Spiritual Formation 2020–2021

What Is Spiritual Formation? 

Paul writes to the Galatians, “My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Gal. 4:19 NRSV, emphases added). Spiritual formation is the process by which we partner with God’s grace to bring about Christlike virtue and character within us. It is simply Christ being formed in you and me. This process doesn’t just happen in one aspect of who we are. Christlike transformation happens in our heads, our hearts, and our hands—lived out in our actions. This is where this year’s Living Free spiritual theme comes into play. 

Each month, we will unpack one thing God has freed us from, the place He has freed us to, and ultimately for what purpose He has brought about that freedom in our lives. Our hope and prayer as we journey through this year’s theme is that God will use it to be our “guide,” prompting us along the way to discover the depths of freedom that Christ has for each and every one of us—in our heads, in our hearts, and in our hands! I pray for you and me as we make this journey together!