(from the Pastor's desk)
Topic: Spiritual Formation and the Cross
In my experience of dependence on the cross, I can reference the diagram in figure 3 and chapter 1 of the book “Spiritual Formation as if it is at the Church Mattered”. James Wilhoit states that there is a gap, and that gap represents the enormous sin that humans cannot bridge with their own efforts just to do good works. In that example, they have humanity on one side and a big gap that is sin which separates humanity from God, and on the other side is actually God, my experience is the life of sin was that gap in until I realize the only way to fill that gap what’s the find God and experience the cross for myself. Wilmot states that the gospel as he came to believe, was chiefly about bridging this get the Crossville to get perfectly provides a way to traverse the great chasm.
How has your view of the necessity of the Cross changed over time and what influenced that view? In the community spiritual formation, I agree that the gospel is the power of God for the beginning, middle, and end of salvation, it is not nearly what we need to proclaim to unbelievers, but Gospel also needs to permeate our entire Christian experience. In my witnessing I must present this, in fact as I present the cross to nonbelievers to convince them that the cross was essential for myself vacation is just as a sensual for their salvation. I have a greater respect for the importance of the cross because we must live as it as examples others mimicking the actions of the cross.
Knowing that dependence on the Cross is the fundamental factor of spiritual growth, what are ways that church leaders can inspire greater dependence on the grace of Christ in the lives of believers? As Wilhoit writes, a major task in spiritual formation involves increasing our awareness of our need for Grace, one way of doing this by letting the cross grow larger. In Chapter at five it explains that we must face up to the reality of sin and grow in awe of the majesty and holiness of God. We are at our best spiritually when our sin drives us to the cross, when we cling to it and nothing else, we must resist are “natural” inclination to think that we can handle our sins, the cross is the place where God must clearly tell us who he is and how he feels about sin. God is holy, he hates sin, and weeps over the pain it causes his beloved.
James C. Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered. (Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Academics, 2008) 28.
 Ibid., 29
 Ibid., 106