Give Up Childish Ways or Receive the Kingdom Like a Child?

Justin Barrett

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Justin Barrett (Fuller Theological Seminary’s Thrive Center for Human Development) presents a programmatic challenge for Christian scholars to think more developmentally with regards to spiritual formation. He suggests that when considering character strengths and virtues (including spiritual fruit), spiritual disciplines, and knowing God, we often think in terms of what adults need to be spiritually formed. An important supplemental approach to Christian spiritual formation is to consider spiritual formation as a life-long process with important steps in childhood.