"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4
How is our faith formed? What experiences and trials does God us to help us become like Christ? What role does the church have in forming our faith?
Gleanings from The Rest of God
By AMIA Communications | | Faith Formation, Spiritual Growth | Sabbath
Sabbath is both a day and an attitude. While numerous practices can help us receive God’s blessing of rest, it’s vital that we also embrace a Sabbath mindset.
Out of The Ordinary
By Guest | | Church Life, Faith Formation | book review, Ordinary Time, Tish Harrison Warren
As you read each chapter, Liturgy of the Ordinary begins to reveal the intentionality we are called to in that identity, that vocation. We do this by applying the pattern of Christ to the messy fabric of our lives. Warren shows us how we can rip apart the torn seams to stitch them together anew, with care and Christ at the center of our personal liturgies.
The Paideia of Praise: Embracing the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric of Liturgy
By Dustin+ Messer | | Faith Formation, Sacraments, Scripture, Spirit, Three Streams
The word trivium literally means, “the place where three roads meet.” For the church to create the paideia necessary to form disciples, she’ll need to place her liturgy at the intersection of sacraments, scripture, and Spirit.
Art and Beauty Point to God
By Dustin+ Messer | | Faith Formation | art, Beauty
Art makes us worship—not the object, but the reality which lies beyond the object, the Triune God of the universe.
Three Stream Worship: The Holy Spirit
By +Philip Jones | | Faith Formation, Spirit | Holy Spirit, three streams
+ Philip Jones introduces the role of the Holy Spirit in three-stream living.
Remembering is Key to Renewal
By Dustin+ Messer | | Faith Formation, Scripture, Spiritual Growth | Jeremiah 15:16 ESV, Text
Today, many Christians feel lost. The world feels new and scary. This feeling of disorientation—personal, cultural—is nothing new for God’s people. The Prophet Jeremiah knew this feeling all too well.
The Scriptures: Living and Active Word of God
By Chris+ Myers | | Faith Formation, Scripture | Video
Chris+ Myers of St. Bartholomew Anglican Church in Dallas shares reasons why the Scriptures are essential for three-stream worship.
Stewards of God’s Gifts
By +Sandy Greene | | Faith Formation, Spirit, Stewardship | Romans 12:6-8 ESV, Spiritual Gifts, Stewardship, Text
Out of our relationship with Jesus as redeemer and leader in gospel service, we discover the abundance of God’s gifts and the ability to share them for the advancement of his Kingdom.
Disciple-Making as Culture-Building
By Dustin+ Messer | | Faith Formation | 1 Corinthians 3:6, church-planting, Text
ust as a gardener needs to understand the advantages and disadvantages of a given climate, so too should disciple-makers study a culture well enough as to be able to challenge the idols of the day and affirm where the culture is true, good and beautiful.