Discipleship in Community: Spiritual Formation and the Church

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Level: AdvancedNumber of Lessons: 24Avg. Length: 43 Min.Time Required: 34 Hours MinimumCourse Code: SF501
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What is spirituality? How is it formed both in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. Lillis analyzes and discusses those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity and develops a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual.

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This course is part of a collection of courses taught by world-class evangelical professors from across the globe on a variety of topics. The lessons are presented on an intermediate to college or seminary level and provide a wealth of information for those who want to dig deeper into their faith. Select courses in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by Our Daily Bread University.


  1. Understand the basic, biblical concept of spirituality as contrasted to contemporary ideas.
  2. Understand the basic mystic teachings of Christian spirituality, which have developed through the history of the church.
  3. Recognize the influences of mystical spirituality in contemporary ideas relating to spiritual formation.
  4. Understand the basic theological foundations of evangelical spirituality as these have developed through the history of the church.
  5. Develop a functional definition of spiritual formation.
  6. Recognize the impact of psychology on contemporary culture and spiritual formation.
  7. Understand the biblical concepts of spiritual maturity, spiritual growth, and love.
  8. Appreciate the corporate and community aspects of spiritual formation.
  9. Apply basic biblical concepts to the process of spiritual formation within his/her own life.
  10. Distinguish between the main traditions of spiritual formation.
  11. Appreciate the need for the spiritual disciplines in the development of spirituality.
  12. Understand the role of theological education in the spiritual formation of ministry students.
  13. Recognize the need for a personal value set that reflects loyalty and commitment to Christ over the enticements of the world, fesh, and devil.
John R. Lillis, PhD
  • Michigan State University, PhD
  • Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, MDiv
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, MS
  • University of Kentucky, BS

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Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Lesson Eleven
Lesson Twelve
Lesson Thirteen
Lesson Fourteen
Lesson Fifteen
Lesson Sixteen
Lesson Seventeen
Lesson Eighteen
Lesson Nineteen
Lesson Twenty
Lesson Twenty-One
Lesson Twenty-Two
Lesson Twenty-Three
Lesson Twenty-Four
Course Wrap-Up

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