Faith Formation is YOU being made complete in Christ. Faith Formation happens each time we say “Yes” to God’s invitation to be made complete. Faith Formation is healing, freedom, wholeness, and hope! Faith Formation is a life-long process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others and the glory of God. In this process God sets us free from sin and helps us become the people He created us to be from the beginning of our life. Faith Formation is one of God’s primary tools for “reviving faith, restoring hope, and revealing love.”
Therefore the deepest value of faith formation is not “people,” but God. God forms us fully so that we are part of His world-wide redemption to restore the future.
Faith Formation is designed to: 1. Give God glory, 2. Reveal Jesus as Savior of the world, 3. Create space for the Holy Spirit, 4. Make people whole, 5. Bring all people into full unity with God, 6. Bring God’s Kingdom to this earth
Why do we care about FAITH FORMATION?
God has something more for you! He sees you as a whole person. He loves you more than you can imagine. YOU are given the privilege to partner with God in order to be made whole. THE CHURCH is given to you, by God, to love you and support you in this journey of faith. THE OUTCOME is that when you partner with God, the world becomes a better place... The future is restored!
Consider the repeating progression of personal transformation.
A) PURSUED: God is active before we do anything.
B) AWARE: Things happen in our lives that open us up to new possibilities.
God created the Church, in part, to support and facilitate faith formation. The Church helps to provide an environment that makes it easier for people to encounter God, to hear from Him, and the Church encourages obedience to God. This occurs in three directions:
UP—Worship (both corporate and private);
IN—Inner growth (within the person and within the church);
OUT—Service outside the church walls.