FORMATION : FUNCTION
Paul prays in Colossians 1:9-10 for "God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives..." This is the "Formation" element of being a Christian. It's knowing Jesus and growing to be more like him. This happens through time in the Word, prayer, fellowship, and worship - just to name a few ways - and it's an ongoing process.
But Paul then continues in verse 10, that all this formation is "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." We should never stop growing in our knowledge of God (i.e., Formation), but this is so we can "Function" as a fully-equipped part of the Body of Christ.
This is the ideal - and yet.... most Christians feel some level of frustration related to their FORMATION or FUNCTION.
- "People talk about great times reading the Bible, but I'm not experiencing that."
- "I know I'm supposed to pray, but it's hard - and it never seems to make a difference anyway."
- "Why do some people seem to have a close relationship with Jesus when I feel so far away?"
- "I hear about being "Spirit-led," but I have no idea what that means."
- "I don't know if I have any "gifts" from God."
- "Even if I am gifted, I have no idea what those gifts are or how to use them in the church."
- "I don't feel like I'm making a meaningful contribution at my church... and I don't know where to start."
- "I keep getting asked to volunteer for things, which I do, but I don't enjoy any of it."
If you can relate to any of the sentiments above, I want to invite you to complete the simple form below. This information will be kept confidential and will only be used to connect with people and help them 1) thrive in their relationship with God (Formation) and be "fully-equipped for every good work" (Function).
So... fill out the form, and someone will be in touch with you to explore how to help you move forward in your FORMATION and/or FUNCTION.
God bless you, and may he "lift up the light of his face" upon you! (Psalm 4:6)
Pastor Micah Dalbey