Intentional Faith Development

Intentional Faith Development

Intentional Faith Development refers to the purposeful learning in a community that helps the followers of Jesus mature in faith, such as Bible studies, Sunday school classes, short-term topical studies, and support groups that apply the faith to particular life challenges.Learning in community replicates the way Jesus deliberately taught his disciples. People cannot learn grace, forgiveness, patience, kindness, gentleness, or joy simply by reading about it in a book.┬áThese are aspects of spiritual formation that one learns in community, through intentional engagement.┬áThe sanctifying presence of God’s spirit works through these practices to help us grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God. (p.62)(All page numbers refer to Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, by Robert Schnase, Abingdon Press, 2007)

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