Shaped to Reflect the Image of God

 In All Church of God, NAC: North American Convention

By Tori Allen

Are you struggling with relationships in your area of ministry? Have you ever wondered why? Transformation Team member Sam Bruce will lead “Spiritual Formation: Empowering Your Inner Life and Relationship to God,” on Monday, June 25, to discuss this very topic. In a recent interview, Bruce explained that issues preventing strong relationships can be traced back to what he refers to as an “inner life.”

“Your inner life is who you are at your core being, which then determines what you do in your relationships with other people both inside and outside of your ministry.” So how do we alter our identities to create more effective vessels for ministry? Simple: we must undergo spiritual formation, or in other words, shape ourselves to reflect the image of God through “the word, prayer, and worship.”

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

This is the charge of the Christian: to live humbly in accordance to Christ’s teachings. When this message is forgotten, people are at risk of becoming what Bruce refers to as “holiness preachers,” or those who teach doctrines but don’t apply the instruction to their own lives. This type of behavior implies that Christianity is a social club rather than a lifestyle. In order to combat this understanding of Christianity, “Spiritual Formation: Empowering Your Inner Life and Relationship to God” will assist in the development of constructive patterns of empowerment to the inner life. Bruce states: “Together, we will understand the principles of becoming true people of God, not just in name only.”

If you’re looking to empower your relationship with God and others, don’t wait any longer! Come to the Fine Arts building, room 240 on Monday, June 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM. Bruce’s book Spiritual Formation: Forming Your Relationship with God…Transforming Your Relationship with People will be available for purchase, and attendees will each receive copies of his PowerPoint presentation.

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