Formation is a Redeemer initiative that equips you with practices to grow as a disciple of Christ.
How does spiritual growth happen?
At Redeemer East Side, we believe that the gospel makes its way deeper into our hearts and transforms our lives through:
|the ordinary practices we engage in,|
|the community we embrace, and|
|by living out the callings God has given us — in our work, relationships, and neighborhoods.|
In each of these areas, every Christian is called to make disciples and bring renewal.
The Formation of a disciple
Click through the wheel to see how practices, community and callings work together for spiritual growth.
How are we incorporating devotion, worship, accountability, hospitality, and rest into our everyday lives?
We practice listening to God speak to us in Scripture and responding personally to him in prayer.
We practice intentionally placing our affections on God and cultivating a love for him above all else, corporately and individually.
We practice building friendships where we are responsible to challenge, support, and pray for one another’s spiritual growth.
We practice regularly inviting people, especially those who are different from us, into our lives through the sharing of time, attention, and resources.
We cease from work to regularly remind ourselves that our identity is not in what we do or achieve, but in what has been done for us in Christ.
Christian spiritual formation always happens in community. The church is an utterly unique community, founded by Jesus himself, in which Christians are formed to bear witness to the Kingdom in all of life. Two ways you can commit to growing in community are church membership and Community Groups.
Are we fulfilling the biblical mandates to make disciples and bring renewal where God places us—in our relationships, work, and neighborhood?
We are sent into every relationship—family and friends—for evangelism, reconciliation, and love.
We can see our work as a context to fulfill God’s purposes for us and to join in cultural and gospel renewal.
Where we live is a place to root ourselves and invest—to be neighbors advancing justice, compassion, and mercy.
We are formed not for our own good, but for God’s good in the city.
Throughout 2018-2019, we are weaving Formation into Redeemer ministry contexts and offerings. View opportunities for discipleship:
Sign up to receive the Redeemer e-devotional to help build a daily practice of prayer and Scripture reading. Two devotional emails go out each weekday, with a summary email on Saturdays, that includes Old and New Testament passages and guided prayers. The Devotional is meant to facilitate extended conversation with God that equips us to be sent out with purpose, while also serving as a common prayer book for all Redeemer churches.
The weekly Family Devotional is a resource to help you and your kids (ages 4-7) practice regular quiet times. Read scripture, reflect, pray and even do a fun activity together.
This fall we are going to have a season of “Covenant Renewal” — 40 days of guided prayer that will culminate in a covenant renewal worship service on November 1, 2018. We will take time to ponder how, why, and for what God formed us into a people. We will have times for remembering our past thankfully, examining ourselves honestly, and committing our lives fully to the vision of being a church in and for the city.
From September to May, Redeemer sermons will primarily focus on the topic of Formed for the City. The sermons will help equip people to live out their callings—making disciples and bringing renewal in the areas of neighborhood, relationships and work.
Redeemer Community Groups (CGs) are a primary way to cultivate a relationship with God and friendship with others. This year CGs will use a new curriculum to help us establish spiritual practices in both individual and community life. CGs will also focus on creating more intentional relationships of accountability.
To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every believer is part of the church when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can someone be part of the church as an organization.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organization members are consumers — the organization exists to serve them. The church of Christ is a completely different community — membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others.
Marquee events will bring together all Redeemer congregations and ministries to focus on living out our callings. They include teaching, worship, breakouts, and practical tools to help foster growth as a disciple.
November 16-17, 2018
Formed for Justice: What Does the Lord Require of You?
Throughout the Bible, we learn that God is a God of justice, and that through the power of the gospel, Christians are called to live in ways that reflect this justice. In fact, scripture tells us that one of the most powerful ways that the church embodies the gospel is through the love and unity we demonstrate across economic, cultural and racial divides (Col 3:12-15). What does this look like in our fractured society? How can we stay hopeful when it seems we are more divided than ever?
March 7-April 18, 2019
Questioning Christianity is a seven-part series for seekers, skeptics and those exploring Christianity led by Tim Keller. Each week's subject builds on the previous weeks’ sessions, and each is concerned with the larger question: "Does Christianity make sense emotionally, culturally and intellectually?" Registration opens 2019.
East Side Formation Classes are organized around practices that fuel gospel identity and around Christian callings — and you get to grow with others! To take a next step in your spiritual formation, we encourage everyone to participate in our core seminars and classes. View upcoming schedule and register today.
Go deeper in the Formation initiative through our online learning platform. You’ll find Redeemer resources, readings, sermon audio, and exercises on gospel identity, reading the Bible effectively, and more. These paths are meant to help you wrestle with major Formation themes on your own time, at your own pace, perhaps with an accountability partner or two.