Faith Formation

"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?

Living in the Resurrection: Mortification and Vivification

How do we live the resurrection life today? Trust, surrender and discipline. We must trust in God’s loving providence as he works in our daily life circumstances to mortify the habits of the flesh and vivify us to new life.

The Book of Common Prayer: A Unifying Resource

As Thomas Cranmer, the principal author of the original BCP, said, “Our Book [of common prayer] … is an instrument of the Bible.” The Bible can be a daunting text to engage with; thankfully, the work of Cranmer and others like him was able to give us a beautiful book to structure our prayer and guide our daily interaction with God’s Word.

The Via Media and the Muddled Middle

This is love at its best, an immoderate pouring out of all that we are and all that we have for the sake of another. After all, the center of our faith is the example par excellence of immoderate love--the willing sacrificial death of the Son of God. As attempt to walk the middle way, might our love be immoderate in exactly this way.

Spiritual Gifts: A Missional Exercise in Grace and Dependence

As we discern Spiritual gifts together, we are cultivating a culture of sensitive listeners (to ourselves and one another) and confident practitioners. In this way we become less of a community of religious consumers, and more of a community empowered to participate in God’s work in us and through us.

How I Found Myself in The Confession

God doesn’t hate sin because sin is bad for Him. Sin grieves God because it is His creatures willfully turning away from that perfect love, and toward their own destruction.