Name: Clara Yeung 楊家慧
Program: Diploma in Christian Studies (Year 2010)
Program: Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation (Year 2014)
Praise the Lord for NACCM 10th Anniversary!
North American Chinese churches have been faithful in sharing the Gospel. Involving in the practice of Spiritual Formation would be enriching on guiding new believers and working with other Christians. In order to grow holistically and organically together as a Christian community, the subject of Spiritual Formation is important.
Spiritual formation is a lifelong journey of working along with the Holy Spirit to emancipate from the bondage of sins through Jesus’ cleansing and to experience the divine healing under the love of the Father. “Spiritual Formation” is rooted at Romans 12:1-2 (NIV, The Message). Christ’s follower is not to conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of one’s mind, by fixing his attention to God, and by changing from the inside out. For God to bring the best out of His beloved child to develop a well-formed mature human being, who is in tune to His heart and resting in God while serving.
After repentance, a transformational journey of living wholesomely by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5) based on God’s grace, along with the formative work of the Holy Spirit, is feasible. This leads the follower of Christ to a holistic living of worshipping God in the Spirit and truth at all moments in life, in an authentic and integrated manner, under God’s grace:
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
Therefore, a Christian would be able to live thankfully by genuinely and peacefully integrating one’s soul and spirit, according to God’s will of becoming fully human in all aspects of life. This attribute is important to each Christian, if Christians are to grow holistically and organically together in one Spirit, and to serve in unity for the Kingdom of the Trinitarian God.