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In this month’s episode of Friends in For­ma­tion, Richel­la, Nate, and James answer lis­ten­er ques­tions about los­ing faith, con­tent­ment, and where to start with spir­i­tu­al practices.

Show Notes

[1:25] The three of you have been address­ing questions/​concerns from par­ents who are griev­ing at the wan­ing faith of the chil­dren they so lov­ing­ly raised. I’m writ­ing as the 22-year old son of two God-fear­ing par­ents. To put it try to put it con­cise­ly, here is my ques­tion: I bare­ly know a life out­side of church & a per­son­al rela­tion­ship with Jesus. All through high school and col­lege I gave a lot of my life to serv­ing min­istries. But now that my faith is slip­ping away, I feel like not only a square peg in a round hole at church, but hav­ing lost a sense of mission/​purpose, I also feel like a square peg in a round hole in the world. Los­ing faith has been dou­bly alien­at­ing. What advice do you have for some­one who grew up in the church and is now los­ing faith? When I’m in a cir­cle pray­ing at Bible study, I ask myself, what am I even doing here?” I want my con­vic­tion-dri­ven life back, but I don’t know how.… and it’s just so hard. 

[13:52] Paul says in Phil 4:12 – 13 that he has learned to be con­tent through the strength of Christ. I lack con­tent­ment big time. I’ve looked for dis­cus­sions of how to learn con­tent­ment but not found any that are not sim­plis­tic. Would you please speak to how one can learn contentment?

[28:17] I work with col­lege stu­dents who are just begin­ning to become aware of their inter­nal lives and engage in the spir­i­tu­al rhythms. My ques­tion is: How do you begin to intro­duce spir­i­tu­al prac­tices to peo­ple who have lit­tle expe­ri­ence in engag­ing with their inner lives? 


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