This textbook for introductory spiritual formation courses presents the fundamentals and practices of the discipline. This collection includes presentations by several well-known evangelical scholars including Gordon Johnston, Darrell Bock, Richard Averbeck, Klaus Issler, and others.
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“Spiritual formation is divinely enabled by God through three essential resources: God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and God’s people (the church).” (Page 45)
“God does not form us to turn us into being inwardly focused people. He forms us for fellowship and mission.” (Page 104)
“Music and singing are certainly important in the practice of worship, but they are not the essence of worship. At its base, worship is about the presence of God and our engaging with that presence. Spiritual formation, in turn, is about how to actually go about engaging with the presence of God, walking with him day by day, moment by moment, in worship, prayer, obedience, witness, spiritual disciplines, or whatever.” (Pages 63–64)
“Our human spirit is now dominated by these dynamics of corruption. A big part of spiritual formation is about transforming our human spirit from corruption to godliness—back to the image of God, having ‘put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator’ (Col. 3:10).” (Page 56)
“Thus, spiritual formation is what God does to and for us, along with all he makes available to make this transformation possible, a process that never ends until he brings us to himself.” (Page 105)
Paul Pettit serves as director of Spiritual Formation and teaches in the departments of Spiritual Formation and Leadership and Pastoral Ministries. He and his wife, Pamela, and their five children live in Rockwall, Texas, where they are involved in their church and a local Christian school. Paul’s background includes experience as a sportscaster, author, and speaker. His books include Dynamic Dads: How to Be a Hero to Your Kids, Congratulations, You’ve Got â€˜Tweens, and Congratulations, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!, which he coauthored with his wife. A graduate of the University of Kansas and the Moody Bible Institute’s Advanced Studies Program, Paul has also earned a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry degree and