24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV)
Spiritual formation/discipleship requires intentionality. It requires followers of Christ to be involved in worship, Bible study, care for each other in the Body of Christ, and serving the community. I had a chance to be with Deborah Upton (Associate Pastor, Spiritual Development and Member Mobilization) at Bon Air Baptist today, and discovered their intentionality of Spiritual Formation/Discipleship at the church in the four C’s.
Celebrate-Focus on God: This is a focus on worship from corporate worship, individual times of worship, retreats and small group worship.
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17 NIV)
Cultivate-Establish Deep Roots: We all need to be in a small group Bible study through Sunday School/Small groups to practice spiritual disciplines.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:9-12 NIV)
Care-Living in Community: We need to value each other in shared meals and socials, using our gifts to help others in the Body of Christ and serving as a spiritual mentor.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit ,if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:1-4 NIV)
Connect-Engage in Service: Developing an awareness of our community’s needs and around the world is essential!
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
How intentional are you? Having the four C’s make people aware of where they are and what they need to do to live fully as followers of Christ!