Spiritual formation at Neighborhood Church
A calling. A journey. A path.
Jesus calls us to follow Him. It is a call to apprenticeship, a call to live as He lived while on earth and do the things He did. Sound impossible? It is . . . in our own strength, that is. But He promised to give us everything we need to do it successfully, including His power, authority, and sustaining grace (see 2 Peter 1:3-4).
It’s not a call to live a nice, clean life. It’s not a call to go to church on Sundays. It’s far deeper, vastly more radical than those things, although it includes them. It is nothing less than a call, a summons, to take on Jesus’ character, live out His love, communicate His message, and demonstrate His power and authority on earth.
Tall order? You bet! Winning an Olympic gold medal, Rhodes scholarship, or Nobel Prize pales in comparison. But nothing is more thrilling, more exhilarating, than giving our best to the most extraordinary endeavor ever: teaming with the loving, sovereign Lord of Creation as He redeems the cosmos from the devastating effects of the Fall.
But the best part of our calling is God Himself! His calling, first and foremost, is an invitation to experience the shared wonder, affection, joy, and delight of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The honor of this calling is overwhelming, and it should inspire immense gratitude and humility in us, leading us to walk “in the fear of the Lord” (Acts 9:31).
It’s important we understand our individual roles in the spiritual journey. There is a part only God can play, a part we play, and a part the church – the community of faith – plays. You can read about each clicking on the buttons below: