PD201 Introducing Spiritual Formation

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Dr. Gary Thomas—award-winning author and internationally recognized speaker—provides a panoramic view of spiritual formation so you can learn what it means to relate to the God who created us. Dr. Thomas examines the most significant movements in the history of Christian spirituality, such as the Desert Fathers, the monastics, the Puritans, and the charismatics. Use this course for personal enrichment—to survey the sacred pathways, the practice of holiness in everyday life, and the virtue of humility—or use this course to help those in your small group and congregation grow in spiritual maturity. Gary Thomas is one the most sought-after speakers on the topics of marriage, parenting, and spiritual formation, and he’s distilled a career’s worth of wisdom into a single course, designed for Mobile Ed.

Spirituality: Historical Survey

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

2m
God’s Desire for Relationship

God’s Desire for Relationship

6m
David’s Heart for God

David’s Heart for God

9m
Examining Ahithophel’s Relationship to Bathsheba

Examining Ahithophel’s Relationship to Bathsheba

5m
God’s Desire for Relationship with You

God’s Desire for Relationship with You

4m
Friends of Devotion

Friends of Devotion

8m
Cultivating a Wide Circle of Friends

Cultivating a Wide Circle of Friends

7m
The Lost Art of Devotional Reading: Things to Remember

The Lost Art of Devotional Reading: Things to Remember

6m
Illustrating the Lost Art of Devotional Reading

Illustrating the Lost Art of Devotional Reading

3m
Ways People Approach Christian Spirituality

Ways People Approach Christian Spirituality

3m
Keeping Focus with Organized Prayer Lists

Keeping Focus with Organized Prayer Lists

4m
Desert Experience

Desert Experience

2m
Eastern Tradition

Eastern Tradition

5m
Monasticism

Monasticism

3m
Contemplative Mysticism

Contemplative Mysticism

3m
Puritanism

Puritanism

3m

Genuine Spirituality: Focused Diversity

Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement

Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement

2m
Seeking the Kingdom of God (Matt 6:33)

Seeking the Kingdom of God (Matt 6:33)

8m
“Fear Not”

“Fear Not”

8m
Researching the “Cowardly” with the Bible Word Study

Researching the “Cowardly” with the Bible Word Study

4m
Understanding Differences in Values

Understanding Differences in Values

5m
Accepting What God Values

Accepting What God Values

3m
Acting Justly

Acting Justly

6m
Loving Mercy

Loving Mercy

6m
Walking Humbly with Our God

Walking Humbly with Our God

2m
A Tailor-Made Spiritual Walk

A Tailor-Made Spiritual Walk

5m
Relating to God in Different Ways

Relating to God in Different Ways

6m
Freedom and Diversity of New Testament Worship

Freedom and Diversity of New Testament Worship

6m
Naturalists

Naturalists

5m
Intellectuals

Intellectuals

4m
Caregivers

Caregivers

8m
Sensates

Sensates

6m
Ascetics

Ascetics

4m
Activists

Activists

5m
Contemplatives

Contemplatives

7m
Exploring Eastern Orthodox Spirituality

Exploring Eastern Orthodox Spirituality

5m
Traditionalists

Traditionalists

7m
Enthusiasts

Enthusiasts

3m
An Invitation to Personalized Devotion

An Invitation to Personalized Devotion

9m

Authentic Faith and Holiness

Spiritual Pathways and Mission

Spiritual Pathways and Mission

7m
Spirituality from God’s Perspective

Spirituality from God’s Perspective

7m
Authentic Faith

Authentic Faith

7m
Sacrifice: The Heart of Holiness

Sacrifice: The Heart of Holiness

7m
Examining the Health and Wealth Gospel

Examining the Health and Wealth Gospel

5m
Historical Opinions about Who Is Really Holy

Historical Opinions about Who Is Really Holy

7m
Christians Relating to God through Suffering

Christians Relating to God through Suffering

6m
God Relating to Christians through Suffering

God Relating to Christians through Suffering

6m
Suffering: Key to Spiritual Maturity

Suffering: Key to Spiritual Maturity

5m
Suffering: Redemptive or Self-Pitying?

Suffering: Redemptive or Self-Pitying?

5m
Suffering: Key to Ministry

Suffering: Key to Ministry

9m
Accepting the Reality of Sin and Temptation

Accepting the Reality of Sin and Temptation

3m
Longing for Holiness

Longing for Holiness

12m
Pursuing Godliness

Pursuing Godliness

7m
Struggling with Sin

Struggling with Sin

3m
Understanding the Absurdity of Sin

Understanding the Absurdity of Sin

4m
Knowing that Sin Separates Us from God

Knowing that Sin Separates Us from God

4m
Knowing that Temptation Can Make Us Stronger

Knowing that Temptation Can Make Us Stronger

3m
Gaining Victory over Temptation by Stages

Gaining Victory over Temptation by Stages

5m
Breaking Sin’s Dominion

Breaking Sin’s Dominion

4m

Holiness: God and the Body

Running the Race

Running the Race

5m
Every Body Matters

Every Body Matters

8m
Responding to the World’s View of the Body

Responding to the World’s View of the Body

6m
Dedicating Our Bodies as Instruments of Service

Dedicating Our Bodies as Instruments of Service

5m
Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Find Different Senses of “Body”

Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Find Different Senses of “Body”

4m
Avoiding Gluttony, a “Gateway Sin”

Avoiding Gluttony, a “Gateway Sin”

7m
Studying the Seven Deadly Sins

Studying the Seven Deadly Sins

5m
Maintaining Physical Health for Longevity in Service

Maintaining Physical Health for Longevity in Service

8m
Maintaining Physical Health for Better Spiritual Health

Maintaining Physical Health for Better Spiritual Health

5m
Adopting Physical Health as a Corporate Value

Adopting Physical Health as a Corporate Value

5m
Having the Mind of Christ

Having the Mind of Christ

6m
Taking Charge of Our Minds

Taking Charge of Our Minds

7m
Having Ears That Hear

Having Ears That Hear

4m
Recognizing That God Still Speaks

Recognizing That God Still Speaks

5m
Listening with an Obedient Heart

Listening with an Obedient Heart

5m
Tests for Truth: Scripture

Tests for Truth: Scripture

5m
Tests for Truth: God’s Church and the Holy Life

Tests for Truth: God’s Church and the Holy Life

3m

Holiness: Practicing the Spiritual Virtues

Tests for Truth: Familiarity with God’s Voice

Tests for Truth: Familiarity with God’s Voice

3m
Intentional Spiritual Growth

Intentional Spiritual Growth

7m
Practicing the Virtues of Christ

Practicing the Virtues of Christ

3m
Humility: Testimonies from the Christian Classics

Humility: Testimonies from the Christian Classics

5m
Humility: Defining It

Humility: Defining It

3m
Humility: Practicing It

Humility: Practicing It

6m
Studying the Meaning of Humility in the Ancient World

Studying the Meaning of Humility in the Ancient World

3m
Humility: Growing in It

Humility: Growing in It

5m
Gentleness: A Christian Virtue

Gentleness: A Christian Virtue

6m
Gentleness: Following the Gentle Shepherd

Gentleness: Following the Gentle Shepherd

5m
Gentleness: Showing It to the World

Gentleness: Showing It to the World

7m
Gentleness: Showing It in Our Homes

Gentleness: Showing It in Our Homes

7m
Gentleness: Call to Biblical Christianity

Gentleness: Call to Biblical Christianity

2m
Gentleness: Learning It

Gentleness: Learning It

5m
Thankfulness: A Christian Virtue

Thankfulness: A Christian Virtue

8m
Thankfulness: Recognizing Blessings

Thankfulness: Recognizing Blessings

6m
Thankfulness: Fighting Discontent

Thankfulness: Fighting Discontent

8m
Thankfulness: Maintaining Our Human Relationships

Thankfulness: Maintaining Our Human Relationships

6m
Thankfulness: Maintaining Our Relationship with God

Thankfulness: Maintaining Our Relationship with God

2m
Analyzing Thankfulness in the Bible

Analyzing Thankfulness in the Bible

5m
Fostering Spiritual Disciplines

Fostering Spiritual Disciplines

5m

Holiness: Marriage and Family

Using Daily Devotions and Bible Reading Plans

Using Daily Devotions and Bible Reading Plans

5m
Marriage: Rediscovering Its Purpose

Marriage: Rediscovering Its Purpose

6m
Marriage: A Sanctifying Catalyst

Marriage: A Sanctifying Catalyst

5m
Marriage: Growing in Our Ability to Love

Marriage: Growing in Our Ability to Love

5m
Parenting: A Life-Shaping Call

Parenting: A Life-Shaping Call

7m

Holiness: Life’s Pleasures and Death

Parenting: A Catalyst for Spiritual Progress

Parenting: A Catalyst for Spiritual Progress

8m
Pleasure: Problem or Solution?

Pleasure: Problem or Solution?

4m
Pleasure: A Bulwark against Vulnerability

Pleasure: A Bulwark against Vulnerability

5m
Pleasure: Beloved Kosmos versus Evil Kosmos

Pleasure: Beloved Kosmos versus Evil Kosmos

6m
Pleasure: Getting Rid of an Antagonistic View of God

Pleasure: Getting Rid of an Antagonistic View of God

5m
Pleasure: Enjoying God’s Good Gifts

Pleasure: Enjoying God’s Good Gifts

7m
Pleasure: A Catalyst for Spiritual Formation

Pleasure: A Catalyst for Spiritual Formation

4m
Remembrance of Death versus Unbiblical Denial

Remembrance of Death versus Unbiblical Denial

5m
Remembrance of Death and Setting Priorities

Remembrance of Death and Setting Priorities

7m
Remembrance of Death and Living a Holy Life

Remembrance of Death and Living a Holy Life

5m

Conclusion

Remembrance of Death and the Comfort of Death

Remembrance of Death and the Comfort of Death

5m
Summary of the Course

Summary of the Course

2m