Title

Six themes to guide spiritual formation ministry based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Abstract

What key themes for spiritual formation ministry and Christlike living does Jesus identify? From a study of Jesus’ central Sermon on the Mount (SM) emerged six broad formation themes. Further support for these six themes was then sought in relevant ways the Holy Spirit ministers to believers today. This six-theme model of Christ likeness may serve as an initial fundamental framework for assessing the scriptural correspondence within the varied goals for Christian formation offered by Christian leaders. As an illustration, the six themes were compared with Robert Pazmiño’s five-task model for the church. Finally; some suggestions for practical implications of the six themes are offered. Future studies may confirm, amplify, revise, or replace these particular six themes in order to establish a robust evaluative framework as one means to address the problem of “sanctification pluralism.”

Keywords

Spiritual formation;

Publication Title

Christian Education Journal

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

366

Last Page

388

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