Christ Formed in Us

Last Sunday we began a new series titled “Sacred Rhythms,” inspired by Ruth Haley Barton’s book of the same title and my own personal experience with the spiritual formation program at the Transforming Center.  This week we will share brief reflections from Ruth and the Transforming Center on the biblical and theological foundations of spiritual transformation.  These reflections are available at www.transformingcenter.org.  For a deeper look into this topic, I recommend the Transforming Center’s short study guide titled, “Spiritual Transformation:  A Biblical and Theological Perspective.”  I hope you enjoy these reflections! – Alex

 

 

“I am in labor until Christ is formed in you…” – Galatians 4:19

Spiritual transformation is the process by which Christ is formed in us …for the glory of God, for the abundance of our own lives, and for the sake of others. (Galatians 4:19; Romans 8:29; Romans 12:1, 2) The possibility that human beings can be transformed to such an extent that they image Christ is central to the message of the Gospel and therefore it is central to the mission of the Church. Spiritual transformation in the lives of redeemed people is a testimony to the power of the Gospel and it results in an increasing capacity to discern and do the will of God. (Romans 12:2)