Spiritual Formation Part 5: Willpower Christianity

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5, NIV. 5. The Problem With Willpower Christianity Sometimes well-intentioned Christians put all their energy into changing their actions, without ever addressing the condition of their hearts.  To be honest, …

Spiritual Formation Part 4: Inside Out Living

Ezekiel 11:17-20 17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ 18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an …

Spiritual Formation Part 3: Renovation of the Heart

A third fundamental truth of Spiritual Formation is that everyone’s heart is shaped by something, and we need to be aware of who or what is shaping our inner world. Our hearts begin to take shape from the moment we are born. That invisible center of our lives is formed by our families, friends, experiences, and society. Even people who …

Spiritual Formation Part 2: Loving From the Heart

This is the second post in our series on Spiritual Formation. We invite you to be part of this class on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm at Westside Church of Christ. 2. The Heart is a Center of a Person’s True Identity. “Paul had one solitary focus: that Christ be formed in them [Galatians 4:19]. What use are the superficial changes …

Spiritual Formation Part 1: The Inner World

Westside just began a new class focused on Spiritual Formation. This series of blog posts covers the main ideas from our time together. We invite you to join us in person every Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the church building. What comes to mind when you think about the day-to-day aspects of your Spiritual Life? When we pause to reflect …