Presentation on theme: "Spiritual Transformation"— Presentation transcript:
1Spiritual Transformation Pastor Rodney Hydepresenter
2Toward A definition Of Spiritual Formation (transformation)
3Call for Authentic Spirituality 30‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31“And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:30&31
4To honor Christ, to become like Him, to work for him, is…life’s highest ambition and its greatest joy.The Faith I Live By, p. 166.
5The Biblical Understanding of Spiritual Formation (transformation) Biblical FoundationRomans 12:1-2Galatians 4:19Matthew 28:19Colossians 1:28-29Ephesians 4:13Four key words from these passages:Formation, Disciplines, God’s Presence and Maturity
62And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2
719My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, Galatians 4:19
8Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And low, I will be with you always to the end of the ages.Matthew 28:19
9Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.Colossians 1:28,29
10Formation: “morph” 2 Corinthians 3:12; Romans 12:2 The inner being of a person is changed so he or she is no longer the sameInformation helps but only if it is applied and internalizedGod remakes usOur central, core being is changed.Change from the “old” “fleshy” self to the “new” self, the “in Christ” self
11Formation: “morph” Not a passive process Involves seeking, grasping, valuing knowingAllowing Christ to do His workChanging behaviorKnowing, valuing, changing behavior lead to change of innermost self.
12Maturity Colossians 1:28-29 Goal: be mature, complete, and perfect like Jesus
13SummarySpiritual formation, or the development of genuine Christian spirituality, is an intentional, multifaceted process that forms Christ within a person and makes him/her a mature disciple of Jesus.
14Spiritual Discipline To form spiritual habits Knowledge - Skill - Determination -
15BALANCED SPIRITUALITY Experience and knowledgeKnowledge and Experience
16I am in a state of dis-appointment. I am missing the life that I was appointed by God to live.John Ortberg
17The Aim of Spiritual Formation (Transformation) The Christian’s life is not a modification or improvement of the old, but a transformation of character. There is death to self and sin, and a new life altogether. This change can be brought about only by effectual working of the Holy Spirit.DA, p. 172
18Spirituality is the realized Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is that quality of life which responds to God's initiative andseeks to listen to the voice of God through a centering of oneself in Him,maintaining an openness to God andan absolute submission to His will.
19Spirituality as Being Accepts the reality of: Our sin and sinfulness (Rom. 3:23).God dying for us (Rom. 5:6-8).Our death to sin in Christ (Rom. 6:11-14).Our union with Christ (John 17:21; Eph. 3:15-19).
20Spirituality as Being accepts the reality of: Our new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:23-24).Our status in Christ (2 Pet. 1:3-4; Eph. 2:6).And sees Christ as Lord (Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 2:6-7; 1 Pet. 3:15).
21Performance in spirituality 1. It is a product of union with God— not the focus of that union (John 15:1- 16; Ezek. 36:26-27; Phil 2:13-13).2. It is objective evidence of spiritual union with God—“By this shall all men know love one another” (John 13:35).
22Ingredients of Spirituality An authentic prayer life.Immersion in Scripture.Living in the presence of God.Ministering as an extension of the ministry of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
23Key points1. True spirituality can take place only in relationship to the God of Scripture—the Creator and Redeemer.2. Scripture defines the boundaries for true spirituality.3. The transformation of a human being is a divine miracle.
24Key points4. Spirituality which omits or diminishes the centrality of the cross is doomed to failure.5. The world offers a counterfeit spirituality while using some of the elements, skills, and language of the spiritual life.6. Any spirituality which is not centered in Christ is false.
25If one who daily communes with God errs from the path, if he turns a moment from looking steadfastly unto Jesus, it is not because he sins willfully; for when he sees his mistake, he turns again, and fastens his eyes upon Jesus, and the fact that he has erred, does not make him less dear to the heart of God.Advent Review and Sabbath Herald,
26“Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him.”Oswald Chambers
27“The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him.” Oswald Chambers
28The Ingredients of Spiritual formation Spiritual Formation is:Loving God “with all your heart, mind, body, soul”Developing a personal passion for GodCultivating corporate passion for GodConnecting passionate spirituality with corporate mission
29A Definition of Spiritual Formation Definitions: Christian Spiritual Formation is the process through which those who love and trust Jesus Christ effectively take on His character. When this process is what it should be, they increasingly live their lives as He would if He were in their place.
30Then outward conformity to His example and His instructions rises toward fullness as their inward sources of action take on the same character as His. They come more and more to share His vision, love, hope, feelings, and habits.
31This process of conformation to Christ, as we might more appropriately call it, is constantly supported by grace and otherwise would be impossible. But it is not therefore passive. Grace is opposed to earning, not to effort. In fact, nothing inspires and enhances effort like the experience of grace.
32Yet [it must truly be understood] that becoming Christlike never occurs without intense and well-informed action on our part. This [action] in turn cannot be reliably sustained outside of a like-minded fellowship [church].
33A Definition of Spiritual Formation Spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image ofChrist by the gracious working of God’s spirit, for the transformation ofthe world
341. a process:• It is gradual, life-long movement, not single, momentous conversion• It goes against grain of “quick-fix, instant results.• it draws us by God’s magnetic attraction, awakening our desire for God
352. of being conformed to the image of Christ: • Christ is the image of God made visible to us (Col. 1:15)• The image of Christ is pattern of human wholeness (Gen. 1:26).• God’s likeness feels strange since we are misshapen by images of worldly culture• The Christ image heals, renews, restores us• The Christ image moves us from being centered in self to being centered in God
363. by the gracious working of God’s spirit: • We want to make things happen in our self-reliant culture• But we cannot conform ourselves to Christ by own will power• we can open ourselves to the gracious working of God’s Spirit• The Spirit enables us to choose the way of Christ over self-interest
37• Grace helps us give up reins of control to God and to cooperate with Spirit • We resist Spirit’s work because the change in ideas/habits/behaviors are scary• Spiritual disciplines (practices) are ways of opening ourselves to grace
38• Being like Christ means living in self-giving love 4. for the transformation of the world:• Being like Christ means living in self-giving love• Spiritual life is not about “me” but about the world God loves.• as we are conformed to Christ we embody more of God’s love for others.
39• Fruits of spiritual formation are. compassion,. patience, • Fruits of spiritual formation are compassion, patience, truthfulness, reconciliation• Transformed persons are leaven for transforming the world
40Ministry Of Healing P, 347We need constantly a fresh revelation of Christ, a daily experience that harmonizes with his teaching. High and holy attainments are within our reach. Continual progress in knowledge and virtue is God purpose for us. His law is the echo of his own voice, giving to all the invitation, “Come up higher. Be holy, holier still.” Every day we may advance in perfection of Christian character.
41Ministry Of Healing P, 351Cultivate the habit of talking with the Saviour when you are alone, when you are walking, and when you are busy with your daily labor. Let the heart be continually uplifted in silent petition for help, for light, for strength, for knowledge. Let every breath be a prayer.
42But prayer will be no task to the soul that loves God; it will be a pleasure, a source of strength. Our hearts will be stayed on God and we shall say by our daily life, “Behold the lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.”Review and Herald, May 13, 1884.
43David, A Man After God’s Heart The first quality God saw in David was spirituality. “ the Lord has sought out…a man after His own heart. What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? Seems to me, it means that you are a person whose life is in harmony with the Lord. What is important to Him is important to you. What burdens Him burdens you. When He says, “Go to the right,” you go to the right.
44When He says, “Stop that in your life,” you stop it When He says, “Stop that in your life,” you stop it. When He says, “ this is wrong and I want you to change,” you come to term with it because you have a heart for God. That is bottom-line biblical Christianity.David. P. 5
45To comprehend and enjoy God is the highest exercise of the powers of man…In Christ is the life of the soul. In the outgoing of our hearts to Him, is our earnest, affectionate yearnings for His excellence, in our eager searching into His glory, we find life. In communion with Him we eat the bread of life.Review and Herald, May 30, 1882
461 Thessalonians 5:16-18Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ.