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JWC's Spiritual FORMAtion Initiative
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“My dear children, I feel the pains of birth upon me again,

and I will continue in labor for you until Christ is formed completely in you.”

Galatians 4:19 

It's one thing to tell someone they need to grow spiritually, it's another thing to show them how.

FORMA is Jacob Well's spiritual formation initiative designed to equip one another to develop a rhythm of daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal practices that build, strengthen and nourish the soul.

All our programing in being filtered through this lens. We are purposefully and practically working to cultivate healthy and maturing disciples that will love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.

St. Augustine wrote:

“Human beings are conceived and given shape by their mothers, and once they have taken shape, their mothers go into labor and give them birth; so we may wonder what is meant by I must go through the pain of giving birth to you all over again, until Christ is formed in you. We can take the birth-pangs as meaning the anxiety he felt over them, that they should be born in Christ; or again, that he is suffering because he sees them surrounded by dangers that could lead them astray. The care and worry he feels, which he compares to the pangs of giving birth, may last until they are fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself, not tossed one way and another and carried along by every wind of doctrine. Hence it is not about the beginnings of faith that St Paul is speaking, the faith by which they were born, but about the strengthening and perfecting of that faith: I must go through the pain of giving birth to you all over again, until Christ is formed in you.”

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Daily Prayer

"Daniel...prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God." Daniel 6:10

Most people think prayer is important but don't quite know how to develop a consistent and meaningful practice of prayer. FORMA seeks to help you learn the ancient way to pray written prayers like the psalms, and learn to become familiar with and use The Book of Common Prayer.

Download The Daily Office App: the full version prayer offices from The Book of Common Prayer: here

Download the shorter version Daily Prayer App which is based on The Book of Common Prayer: here:

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The Ancient Roots of Catechesis

 The word catechesis comes from the Greek word katēcheō, which means simply to teach or instruct. It appears some eight times in the New Testament—four by Luke (Luke 1:4; Acts 18:25; 21:21, 24) and four by Paul (Rom. 2:18, 1 Cor. 14:19; Gal. 6:6, where it occurs twice)—usually to refer to a more general notion of instruction.

In the first few centuries of the church, however, it took on a more specific meaning. It came to describe the particular kind of instruction involved in preparing new believers for Baptism.

In our FORMA Initiative we are moving the whole church through The New City Catechism on Sundays, at home with families and as individuals.

Our goals being for all to know the truth of the faith and be able to share it with others.

1 Timothy 1:5 “Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.”

2 Timothy 2:2: “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”

Download the New City Catechism App:

Apple: here

Android: here

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Space for God Retreats

Pilgrimage is an important historical practice of the Christian Faith. Early saints used to travel to the Holy Land or to some special place that holds meaning to the faith. In modern times it's morphed into what we call "Retreats" or "Camps", special times and places that we travel to in order to seek God together.

Jacob's Well has hosted retreats at:

Schweitzer Chapel at Mt. Schweitzer, Idaho

St. Gertrudes Monastery and Retreat Center in Idaho (next one is September 28-29-30-Oct 1st 2023 (Thursday-Sunday)

Mt. Angel Abbey and Retreat House in Oregon

As part of FORMA we will provide opportunities to join us on a trip to one or all of these for our Space for God Retreats. Dates, Prices and Information to posted soon.

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FORMA: Walking with God, together

Sunday, October 3rd we will be beginning our JWC FORMA Initiative, you can read all about it here: .

The Hebrew people spent almost a year at Mount. Sinai.

Exodus 24:3-4 "When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do. Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said."

During those formative months Moses and the other leaders taught (catechized) the people to know, understand, remember and put in practice the law of God. It took time, it always takes time.

This year we will seek to do the same in a number of different contexts. We hope you will dive in and make the most of the tools, times and teachings provided to help you grow deeper and stronger in our faith.

“And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done.” - Colossians 2:6-7

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