Developing a Christian Worldview of Spiritual Formation and Growth

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Developing a Christian Worldview of Spiritual Formation and Growth
Liberty University

Abstract
This paper looks at how spiritual formation and growth can develop through a person’s lifetime. The goal is to show how modern day human development theories relate to Christlike living. Erikson’s developmental theory and Kohlberg’s moral development theory both give a guide to maturity in a secular worldview. By looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we can see God’s directions to living a Christlike life in a Christian worldview. It’s also important to look at the influence of the Holy Spirit in developing a person’s spiritual life. By relating a worldly view of personal development with god’s guidance through scripture and the Holy Spirit,
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Having a “Biblical worldview” plays a vital role in a person’s spiritual formation and growth. Being aware of other worldviews can help define the importance of having a Christian-centered worldview.
Erikson’s Developmental Theory of Life Crises and Stages
Erik Erikson’s worldview saw that human development moved through eight stages that involved placing individuals in challenging developmental crisis (Berger, 2008). Each stage is characterized by two opposing outcomes an individual can achieve (Berger). Berger indicates these stages emphasize family and culture that continue through one’s life span.
In the infancy stage, trust vs. mistrust is characterized by trust developed from a nurturing caregiver (Berger, 2008). In the early childhood stage, autonomy vs. shame and doubt is based on a child asserting his will and its consequences (Berger). The play stage, initiative vs. guilt involves the concept that one’s play time builds initiative (Berger). Tate & Parker (2007) states Erikson’s school age stage, industry vs. inferiority, is characterized by the development of one’s ability to work and prosper. In the adolescence stage, identity vs. identity confusion involves an individual discovering his identity that will move him into adulthood (Tate & Parker). The young adulthood stage, intimacy vs. isolation, is characterized by a young adult finding the need for companionship…

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