Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church.
Prerequisite: Spiritual Formation Focus course; not open to ISF students.
Notes: Required of all Talbot Students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 20 students who explore the course content as well as the student’s own life and growth within community. Required in the students’ first semester at Talbot.