God invites us to go on a journey; a journey into life in all its fulness.

Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). But so many Christians do not feel that life is very ‘abundant’. They feel dry and uninspired. Perhaps they even feel failures. They look at their spiritual and devotional life and think to themselves, ‘There must be more than this.’

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Well, the good news is that there is!

We believe that it is possible for Christians to be more like Jesus Christ. In fact, that we are intended to do that.

The process of becoming more like Christ is called spiritual formation and it means, simply, the stuff we do to be more like Jesus.

Spiritual Formation is the process through which those who love and trust Jesus Christ effectively take on His character. When this process is what it should be, they increasingly live their lives as He would if He were in their place.
Dallas Willard

 

We believe that people can change, that we can live lives that are more Christlike. But if we’re going to go on this journey, we have to commit ourselves to active, intentional discipleship. If we intend to truly follow Jesus, we’re going to need a few things. We’re going to need discipline and companionship. We’re going to need heaps of God’s grace. And we’re going to need a plan.

So here’s the plan.

First: we need to develop new habits, new ways of doing things. If we want our Christian life to change we have to go about things in a different way. Renovare is about investing in Christian disciplines and practices which transform our lives. These disciplines aren’t new: they are part of the historic tradition of the church. They cover things like silence, solitude, prayer, fasting, giving, simplicity, and more. (You can find a list here.) For thousands of years ordinary Christians have engaged in these practices and found that through them, they become that bit more like Christ. And you can too.

The thing about Renovare’s approach is that it’s about training not trying. When we ‘try’ we often fail: we get discouraged. But if we think about ourselves as trainees – which is really what the word disciple means – then it means we don’t have to be scared of failure. Of course you make mistakes: that’s what training is all about. But we don’t give up because of that, We carry on learning and growing.
Joe Davis

Renovare UK Speaker and Advocate

 

Second: we need to join a team. Any journey is made better by the presence of others. It’s easier to maintain new practices if there are others beside you, encouraging, helping you on. So one of our key practices is to encourage Spiritual Formation groups. These fellowships of two to six people meet regularly to learn, to pray, to share experiences and, most importantly, to encourage one another on the journey of discipleship.

Ways to explore further:

To help you with this, Renovare has a range of resources and tools. On this website you’ll find information to help you run a Spiritual Formation group. You’ll find links to books and resources, including our new Life Streams guide. And you’ll find information about Renovare training and teaching events.