Going Deeper – Acts 18

“Models of Spiritual Formation” – Acts 18

Connect:

  • Reflect on and interact with Dallas Willard’s definition of spiritual formation as “the process of transformation of the inmost dimension of the human being, the heart…It is being formed (really, transformed) in such a way that its natural expression comes to be the deeds of Christ done in the power of Christ.”

Cultivate:

  • Paul was formed spiritually through ministering with and to others. Reflect on how you have experienced personal development through serving others. How does serving others lead to personal, spiritual growth?
  • Aquila and Priscilla were formed spiritually through building relationships w/others in spite of their personal challenges. Is there a way you can learn to look beyond yourself to the needs of others? Is there someone in your life to whom you can be a blessing?
  • Apollos was formed spiritually through his ongoing commitment to learning from Scripture and other believers. How does the Bible serve to form Christlikeness in you? How can faith-based friendships positively impact our spiritual formation?
  • All of the spiritual formation in this chapter happens in community. How has participation in the worship, fellowship, and ministry of the church led to personal growth?

Commission:

  • Do the following to live into the message about spiritual formation in this chapter:
    • Reflect on how God is working in your life right now.
    • Engage in a model of spiritual formation related to God’s present work in your life.
    • Participate in Christian community through corporate worship, fellowship, study, service, etc.
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One thought on “Going Deeper – Acts 18

  1. Couldn’t past up the opportunity to comment on Spiritual Formation by D. Willard. He is extremely gifted when it comes to summarizing a subject into one clear, simple statement. (Should YOU ever decide to write books, I will be your #1 fan!) The book of Acts is indeed an amazing book. Acts has always shown what is possible for anyone who allows the Holy Spirit to work in their life. Spiritual formation within us is ongoing just like sanctification is ongoing. It is a work of the Holy Spirit. Just as Paul, by the Spirit, saw great opportunity to preach the gospel in each city; we should also see great opportunities in Winnemucca and our community of believers.

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