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Learning from Jesus: A Spiritual Formation Guide

by Julia L. Roller, Lynda L. Graybeal

How do we become a stu­dent of the Master?

To Chris­tians, Jesus is many things: the Son of God, the piv­otal fig­ure in whom we put our trust and who speaks on our behalf, a com­pan­ion in the life of faith. But Jesus is also an incred­i­ble exam­ple of how to lead a faith­ful life. Jesus, as a human, walked on earth and con­front­ed the same strug­gles that we face. Our pri­ma­ry mis­sion as his fol­low­ers is to learn from him – to become his appren­tices. In this book we seek to fur­ther our appren­tice­ship by study­ing every­thing from Jesus’s inter­ac­tions with those around him to the rev­o­lu­tion­ary wis­dom record­ed in the Gospels.

Learn­ing from Jesus is orga­nized for indi­vid­ual or group study, and includes chap­ters on: Expect­ing the Mes­si­ah • And the Word Became Flesh … • Expe­ri­enc­ing the Sec­ond Birth • Redefin­ing Blessed­ness • Free­ing the Sab­bath • Feast­ing on the Word • Con­fronting the Pow­ers • Wel­com­ing Us into Com­mu­ni­ty • Liv­ing Abun­dance • Bal­anc­ing Mary and Martha • Bear­ing the Cross • Abid­ing in Christ. Each sec­tion of this Guide leads you fur­ther down the path to true discipleship.

The Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Guides, cre­at­ed by Richard J. Fos­ter and the team that devel­oped The Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Bible and the long­stand­ing A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Work­book, pro­vide tan­gi­ble lessons that help us become spir­i­tu­al­ly formed, con­formed, and trans­formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Geared for either indi­vid­ual study or use in small groups with chap­ter struc­ture sim­i­lar to A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Work­book, each Ren­o­varé Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Guide explores one facet of our life with God, pro­vid­ing read­ings from Scrip­ture as well as clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary works of spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. The com­bi­na­tion of read­ings, reflec­tion ques­tions, exer­cis­es, and activ­i­ties makes these books invalu­able inter­ac­tive guides that prompt true spir­i­tu­al growth. And they are a tremen­dous resource for con­nect­ing Scrip­ture study with larg­er spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion ideas and themes.


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