Okay, we’ve added one more value to our list. It probably won’t be the last, but this should do us for awhile. I should probably do something by way of providing context.

You ever encounter religious folk that have the answer to everything? Some Christians tend to give the impression that if you were to chart one’s spiritual growth on a graph, that it should look like a steady rising line. Or that a spiritual life has to look a certain way within certain parameters.

Spirituality is important. Spiritual formation is important. Anything worth doing is spiritual formation and we believe that both happen through an encounter with Christ. However, we acknowledge that the process is messy (tying in with what it says in I John).

Some people will read this and think that we’re saying that everything’s okay, so we won’t bother confronting anybody about anything. They miss the point of what we’re saying. Our stance tries to assume a posture of humility. It’s about having a sense of grace, losing the arrogance.

Anyway, here it is:

Messy Spirituality
“He who thinks that he is finished, is finished. How true. Those who think that they have arrived, have lost their way. Those who think that they have reached their goal, have missed it. Those who think they are saints, are demons.” (Henri Nouwen)

Spirituality seems to be about the life of faith–what drives, motivates, and animates the life of believers and pulls them forward to deepen and perfect what has only begun in the present. It is the outworking of what a person does with what they believe. Christian spirituality is specifically concerned with a living encounter with the person of Christ, and then a living out of that interactive relationship in every moment of life. We believe that knowing God, not just knowing about Him, brings about the transformation of our existence and allows us to experience life in the full. The Dwelling Place exists to help spiritually form people into lovers of God and others, who then join in God’s redeeming love for all creation. We see everything we do as spiritual formation, helping each other to do God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven. But we also believe that spiritual growth is a messy process and that our flawed lives are the studio where God begins His great renovation. Spiritual formation is not a neat and tidy formula where we grasp perfection, but seems to be an uneven, incomplete, unfinished relationship with Christ that is always under construction. The Son of Man entered the ruins of our human existence and still found glory as He began the rebuilding process. We believe that He is still remaking us today as He calls us from where we are to become more than we ever imagined.

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