Do you feel stuck in your faith, like you’re just not making progress in the Christian life?
It’s discouraging because you’re really trying to do all the right things—you read your Bible, pray, and go to church—but nothing seems to change, at least not in any lasting way. You still find it hard to be patient while standing in line, you still lose it when someone cuts you off while driving, you still feel anxious about the future, and you have regrets about the past. The truth is, no matter how sincere you are about your faith, or how hard you try to follow Jesus, lasting change just seems like a pipedream.
Do we have to wait until we die and go to heaven to experience an abundant life?
As a follower of Jesus, you can experience a life of unhindered abundance right here on planet earth. How you ask? Through a process of Christ-formation. The Apostle Paul refers to this life-long process in 2 Corinthians 3:18 and spiritual leaders refer to it variously as progressive sanctification, spiritual formation, spiritual growth, or discipleship.
Simply put, Christ-formation is the overarching goal of the Christian life. It’s the result of a partnership between us and the Holy Spirit, lived out in close relationships with others and for the benefit of others in this world. It is the practical outcome of what Jesus invited people to when he called us to be his disciples. Christ-formation is to take on the character and the quality of life Jesus referred to as abundant (Jn. 10:10): a life characterized by more love, joy, peace, and hope than we ever dreamed possible (Gal. 5:22-23).
How can IDT Ministries help?
Our purpose is to provide you with the resources and relationships (community) to facilitate your journey in Christ-formation. We offer you a process rooted in a robust biblical theology, informed by the best findings in psychology and brain science in the context of deep connection with others on the same journey. Our founder, Ken Baugh, unpacks this process in his new book.
Freely join our community below and let’s journey together toward Christ-formation as we all are “being transformed into his image”.