I hope you've enjoyed these summaries of my conference notes. I am including Richard Foster's notes here and will close this series today. I'm omitting two talks, one from John Ortberg and one from Nathan Foster, not because they weren't excellent but because I became lost in them and took somewhat suspect notes. I hope the words of Foster bless you as you head to worship this weekend. Richard Foster, "The Grace that Transforms: Ways and Means"
The goal of the Christian life: In all ways and at all times we are to glorify God and enjoy God forever. This is the ultimate goal of human beings before God. Having said this there is a penultimate goal for our living here and now: the formation, con-formation, and trans-formation of our inward character into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
We are in the process of taking this power pack that is the body and making it a "living sacrifice" before Jesus Christ.
In beginning spiritual disciplines we should 1) begin small, or else we enter into the false heroism that is spiritual gluttony, and 2) we MUST begin somewhere.
God must love physical matter, He made so much of it. He often uses physical matter as a means of grace.
"No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown." (William Penn)
In our culture, busyness may be the greatest barrier to God's formation in our life.