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Hurdling Barriers to Spiritual Formation (part 1)

Two pastors tell how emphasizing spiritual formation transformed their preaching.

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PreachingToday.com: How do you define spiritual formation?

Kent Carlson: The goal of Christian spiritual formation is to be intentionally transformed in such a way that my instinctive response is the same as Christ's would be if he were living my life.

When you think about the topic of spiritual formation and preaching, what comes to mind?

Kent: The primary goal when preaching about spiritual formation is to cast a vision of what life could be like if we were being formed into the image of Christ. The difficulty is that oftentimes the listeners don't come to church with the same agenda, so you have to learn to meet people where they are and steer them in the right direction.

What are some other challenges to preaching for spiritual formation?

Mike Lueken: Because of the way the Christian subculture has shaped the vast majority of people we preach to, we have a lot to overcome when we start talking about spiritual formation. When we talk about being formed into the person of Christ and describing ...

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