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impacting the Bronx and beyond with the Gospel message through Christ likeness."
What Is Spritual Formation?
We are all spiritual beings. We have physical bodies, but our lives are largely driven by an unseen part of us. There is an immaterial center in us that shapes the way we see the world and ourselves, directs the choices we make, and guides our actions. And yet we rarely spend time developing our inner life. That’s what Spiritual Formation is all about.
The essence of Spiritual Formation is fostering the capacity, the orientation and the discipline of living in union with Christ. It's about cultivating an awareness of Christ Jesus, an appreciation for his love and a capacity to lean into the grace we know through the Spirit. We are not bystanders in our spiritual lives. We are active participants with Jesus, who is ever inviting us into relationship with him.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (Jn. 10:10). We at Crossroads believe that such abundant life is possible here and now because Jesus showed us the way to it. As we take on the life of Jesus – become like him – we experience a richness in life and faith that is truly renewed day by day (Col. 3:10).
Why Is Spiritual Formation Important?
Closeness with God brings us true freedom and fullness (Jn. 8:36, Col. 2:9-10). Yet many people – Christians included – find their lives fall short of the kind Jesus promised and proclaimed. If God is present with us, why is there so little joy, power, energy, and peace in our lives?
We keep trying: to find happiness, to experience God, to fill the emptiness. And that’s the problem. Trying just tires us out, distracts us from what’s important, and discourages us when we fail.
We are eternal beings, but have lost sight of eternal living. We spend time, energy, and money on our physical needs, but neglect our souls. Our misplaced efforts leave us feeling powerless and detached from God.
That’s not how God intended it to be. We are meant to be in relationship with God and others in a way that is dynamic, whole, and fresh every day (John 17:24, 2 Cor 4:16) – relationship that extends beyond church services into every facet of our lives.
Spiritual Formation helps us reclaim our relationship with God as it was meant to be. It’s not trying – it’s training in eternal living, determined discipleship to Jesus Christ, and the way we discover the renewable source of spiritual energy we’ve been looking for (2 Cor 4:16).