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Restoring the Likeness of Christ

Text: Romans 8: 27-30

Dr Alex Tang


Restoring the Likeness of Christ: The Process of Christian Spiritual Formation

Text: Romans 8:27-30

27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.


Our destiny – foreknew-predestined-called-justified-glorified

Discipleship and spiritual formation

What is Christian spiritual formation?

The Theological Basis of Christian spiritual formation

  1. The Trinitarian God (Spirit, God, Son)
  2. The Image of God (v. 28 “likeness of his Son”)
  3. The Shalom of God (v. 28 “in all things”)

The Goals of Christian spiritual formation

  1. the likeness of Christ (v. 28 “likeness of his Son”)
  2. the people of God (v. 29 “firstborn among many brothers”)
  3. the mission of God (v. 28 “according to his purpose”)

The Resources of Christian spiritual formation

  1. God’s Word
  2. God’s Spirit
  3. God’s People


2 Cor. 3:18

18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.


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