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SPIRITUAL FORMATION

SPIRITUAL GROWTH AT WCCN

At West Carrollton Nazarene, we recognize that we are all being shaped and formed by the stories that we listen to, whether it’s culture’s story or God’s.

We also realize that the work God does in us is to be shared with the world we inhabit.

The world’s story of consumption and consumerism is loud. It can easily drown out the story God invites us to participate in.

So that we can join more fully in God’s story, we pursue Spiritual Formation.

What is Spirtual Formation?

Spiritual Formation is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. We recognize that only God transforms us, so we make ourselves available to God through a variety of practices. Spiritual Formation is the choice to take full responsibility for my own spiritual journey. To engage in these spiritual practices is to admit that I am still in the process of being saved, that Jesus’ Gospel is as relevant to me today as it was when I first met Jesus.

Why Should I Pursue Spirtual Formation?

God rescues us not because of anything we do, but because God loves us. Our appropriate response to God’s love is to reorient our lives around God’s rescue. To join in what God is doing around us, both on my own and as a part of the Church.

To participate in God’s story, I must create space in my life to hear that story.

Throughout Christian history, people have engaged in a variety of practices that help orient them towards God. When we join in these practices, we are connecting with God, listening to God’s story with Christians throughout history.

How Do I Do This?

While the number of spiritual practices Christians have found to be helpful are numerous, we’ve found it’s best to have a clear, simple place to start.

The following are five spiritual practices that we suggest as a point of reference to begin with spiritual formation.

FASTING

Fasting is intentionally going without something for an extended period of time that you would otherwise regularly consume.

Why Fast?

  • Fasting teaches us that we are not in control of our lives. It reminds us that everything we have is a gift from God, not something we earned.
  • Fasting reveals the vices that control us and enables us to reset our lives around sustainable, life-giving practices.
  • KEEPING SABBATH

    The scriptural description of creation is a six-day work week followed by a seventh day of rest (Sabbath); not of cessation of activity, but of intentionally enjoying the goodness of creation with God and our community.

    Why Keep Sabbath?

  • Sabbath reminds us that our value is in who we are, not what we contribute.
  • Sabbath restores our humanity and reminds us that we are not the center of the universe.
  • STUDY

    Through studying the Scriptures we learn who God is, how God works, and what God wants for us.

    Why Study?

  • When we engage the Scriptures, its Story becomes our story. We don’t lose our identity through study, rather we realize our place in God’s Story.
  • Studying the Scriptures also helps us as we turn to God to make sense of life’s challenges.
  • GENEROSITY

    Generosity is the benevolent act of sharing time, talents, and possesions with others.

    Why Be Genorous?

  • Being generous addresses those who are disenfranchised by society.
  • Genorisity provides resources for the good of the community, and demonstrates the extent of God’s love and mercy to others.
  • PRAYER

    Prayer is an opportunity to communicate with God.

    Why Pray?

  • Prayer reminds us that God is near. It does not require any type of special education, title, or seniority but simply the willingness to talk to God.
  • Prayer can be scripted or spontaneous. It can happen when you are still, or in the midst of your day.
  • However you pray, the end result is knowing that God is near.
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