Be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what He did.
God is inviting us to “make our home” with Him. We’re invited to abide with Him, and as we abide to become more like Jesus and find our true selves. Are you tired? Worn out? Join us in coming to Jesus this year and let’s learn the “unforced rhythms of grace.”
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Getaway with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matthew 11:28-30, the Message)
To follow Jesus is to be with Him, to become like Him, and to do what He did. This is the vision for discipleship for everyone at Doxa, and our hope for the whole world! We are invited into the presence of our Father through our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we abide in Him, we will become like Him, formed more and more into the image of Jesus. And as we are formed into His image, we will actually find our true selves. As Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” And only when we abide in Jesus and become more like Him will we actually be able to do things He’s called us to do.
Simply stated, “Spiritual Formation,” is how we are formed more and more into the image of Jesus. It is all God’s work and His grace, yet He uses the means of our obedience and participation in specific practices to form us. Practices like Scripture reading, prayer, solitude, and sabbath. Just as an Olympian doesn’t become a world record-setting sprinter overnight, but instead through years of training and preparation; so also we won’t become like Jesus in an instant, but through the God-given means of specific practices. The very same practices Jesus engaged in when He walked this earth! And, we don’t engage in these formative practices to earn God’s favor; rather, His grace fuels us as we engage these practices.
As a church family, we will spend 2020 on the spiritual practices of Silence + Solitude, Prayer, Bible Reading, and Sabbath.
Each practice will include spiritual formation guides for individuals, DNAs, and Missional Communities.