Book Review Spiritual Formation as it the Church MatteredV2 Essay example

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Book Review:
Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered

BY:
Thomas L. Arrington

CLASS: EVAN 500; Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Gregory Faulls
DATE: 24 JANUARY 2015

James C. Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as it the Church Matters (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics, 2008).
INTRODUCTION
Dallas Willard wrote in the foreword of this book, “James Wilhoit has written a book of special urgency for our times.(9)” In this writer’s opinion, that was an understatement. Some books you read for school, after the first 20 to 30 pages, you can truly tell that you are not going to like the book. You proceed to speed reading it just to grab the nuggets and move on to the next book or you choose
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He immediately makes this known in the first paragraph of Chapter 1 where he states, “Spiritual formation is the task of the church. Period. … Spiritual formation is at the heart of its whole purpose for existence.(15)” Wilhoit then goes on to provide the reader with a definition of Spiritual formation, “Christian spiritual formation refers to the intentional communal process of growing in our relationship with God and becoming conformed to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit (26)”, with brokenness being the “Bedrock of spiritual formation,(27)”; the gospel being the “power of God for the beginning, middle, and end of salvation. It is not merely what we need to proclaim to unbelievers; the gospel also needs to permeate our entire Christian experience.(27)” He Wraps this section up with the great invitations of God, where he establishes his curriculum for Christlikeness (the four dimensions of community formation). Which are explained in detail in part two. “
1. Receiving: cultivating spiritual openness and continual repentance. This curriculum involves confession, worship, sacraments and prayer.

2. Remembering: transformation teaching leading to a deep awareness of being part of God’s community and his beloved children. This curriculum involves teaching, preaching, evangelism, meditation, guidance and small groups.

3. Responding: our formation occurring for and through service. This curriculum involves discernment,

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