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Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community Paperback – February 1, 2008
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"Clearly written from an evangelical perspective, this cogent and passionate book deserves to have wide appeal."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Wilhoit presents an exciting paradigm for spiritual transformation in the community of faith--God's setting for transformation. It is a seminal work that I trust will be taken seriously."--Larry Richards, author and distinguished educator, North American Professors of Christian Education
"Theologically grounded, educationally sound, and gracious in tone, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered is a robust response to Dallas Willard's challenge to the church to give greater attention to congregation-wide spiritual formation. Pastors and church teachers will appreciate this rich resource--well versed in the spiritual formation literature, with its summaries, stories, and practical steps--to guide and discern growth toward Christlikeness."--Klaus Issler, author of Wasting Time with God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God
"Wilhoit offers a means for the church to provide an accessible pathway for growth in the ordinary events, relationships, and brokenness of our lives. This lovely work nourished my heart, instructed my mind, and opened my spirit to the Spirit of Christ."--Adele Calhoun, pastor of spiritual formation, Christ Church of Oak Brook, IL
"Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered is the mature fruit of a devout scholar. Here Jim Wilhoit weaves theory, passion, and practice together into a rich re-presentation of the gospel for the local church. He takes the discussion about spiritual formation an important step forward, shifting the emphasis from private pursuit to corporate culture. Sensitive to the seldom-noticed dangers along the path of growth toward Christlikeness, this book is loaded with wisdom for those who desire to facilitate communities of formation."--Evan Howard, author of The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality
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The key words of note are Christian, intentional, communal, process, Christ-likeness, and the Holy Spirit. Wilhoit proposes a `curriculum for Christlikeness' which have the following dimensions (1) receiving, (2) remembering, (3) responding, and (4) relating. Each dimension has a few `community practices' to achieve it. This curriculum is for community spiritual formation. Receiving is to be open to the grace of God and involve `worship, confession, sacraments, and prayer' as community practices. Remembering means `tranformational teaching' leading to knowing that we are part of God's community. The community practices are `teaching, preaching, evangelism, meditation, spiritual guidance, and small groups'. Responding is in service and involves `discernment, honouring relational commitment, setting aside prejudices, ministries of compassion.' Relating is living in a faith community and involves `hospitality, handling conflict well, honouring relationships, Sabbath observance, (and) attending to pace of life.Read more ›
Wilhoit's wisdom also shines through in the fact that this is an eminently practical book. While he does not go so far (too far) as to prescribe exact practices to achieve the goals he describes, he certainly gives plenty of distinct and clear goals for ways in which we can organise and conduct our churches in such a way as to create an environment conducive to spiritual formation in community.
I especially appreciated Wilhoit's emphasis on reading and obeying Scripture.Read more ›
His definition of spiritual formation is that it is both intentional and communal (23). He explains spiritual formation by means of three biblical images: life and nurture, journey and struggle, and life and resurrection (24-26). He also points out that being formed as a believer means not seeing the gospel as the beginning but permeating the whole of Christian experience. This reviewer agrees whole-heartedly with his statement: "A bifurcation of salvation into a grace-filled regeneration followed by a human-striving sanctification leads to so many spiritual sorrows. The gospel is the power of God for the beginning, middle, and end of salvation. It is not merely what we need to proclaim to unbelievers; the gospel also needs to permeate our entire Christian experience" (27).
The author then explains Christ's gracious invitations to us as receiving, remembering, and relating done personally and in community. Anyone concerned about discipleship as primary in the church will profit from each aspect of these three experiences.Read more ›
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Well thought out but very hard to read. I live reading and this book has very good information, but this book is dry and dull making it very hard to hold your attention.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
James Wilhoite successfully presents the fundamental truth that spiritual formation is nurtured in the communal setting. The book is deep in its theology, but Dr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Cooper, Jr.
This is a good book, required reading for a class. It is not something I would have chosen, but it was enjoyable reading.Published 4 months ago by Viktoria
One of the best books I have read recently. I read it for a class and brought it back to our church education team. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bret Lamsma
Very good book for Transformation. They is tons of information. If you want to grow in Church Matters, especially Discipleship or learning more about what the Church should be or... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J.B. Rasmussen
A solid introductory level book which reminds us that the church ought to be central to spiritual formation.
It is easy for some (many? Read more
It will challenge you to take a good look at your church, leadership, and the individuals in your life. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul chapman
Thoughtful and presented with grace and insight. For those looking to see why and how Christian Education should be shifted to community transformation, spend some time with... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Daniel Spies
This book will make you think about the different functions of church and the part community plays in one's spiritual growth.Published on July 31, 2013 by John O