Last week, I wrote to you about the possibility of summer serving as a time of renewal for you. I am praying for you in that regard. There are just all kinds of opportunities for renewal and revival in our spiritual lives during the summer.
And – I guess I just want all of us thinking about spiritual formation. Once we become believers, God initiates a process of formation in our lives. He is seeking to transform us into the image of His Son. In fact, God has predestined His people to experience this transformation (Romans 8:29).
Spending time in God’s Word, engaging in small-group Bible Study, investing ourselves in ministry, participating in worship with God’s people, living in community with fellow believers and investing in the Mission of God all are ways we can be formed spiritually.
We can also take advantage of materials and resources provided by competent Christian teachers and writers. God has used so many people in my life to help shape the process of transformation in me. I love N. T. Wright, Philip Yancey, Dallas Willard, Andy Crouch, Scot McKnight, F. F. Bruce, C. S. Lewis, Augustine, Tim Keller, John Stott, Eugene Peterson — and many others!
As a church member here at FBC Arlington, you have complete access to one of the best collection of resources available anywhere — Right Now Media. All you have to do is register and begin accessing thousands of resources for free! That’s right – free! There are some resources available for purchase as well. But, many of them are available for you through our church’s access.
Here is the link: https://www.rightnow.org/Account/Invite/fbcarlington
Click on that link – and register. Then, you will discover a host of helpful resources on just about any topic available. I use this resource myself. Just today, I listened to a series of lectures on the Book of Romans.
All that to say – I am praying for you as you continue in your journey of spiritual formation. God is at work in you. He is seeking to shape you and form you. You are partnering with the God of the universe as He is creating a masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
God bless you. I am honored to be your pastor.