Every person, at some point in life, must decide whether or not to receive Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior.But that is just the starting point of a lifelong journey in discipleship as a follower of Jesus. To be formed spiritually means to engage in specific practices and disciplines with one clear goal: to draw nearer to God in Christ and so focus less and less on self.There are different approaches to engaging with the Scriptures for spiritual formation and growth.A more "left-brained," factual method is what we traditionally call Bible study.A more "right-brained" approach is to read a text to hear how it "resonates" with our inner life and personal experience.There are inductive study and reflection tools that ask questions to help us open up to experience the Spirit of God in the words of Scripture.We are "in rehearsal" for life in eternity, in the very presence of God.On this earth, we engage in this earthly pilgrimage day by day.
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