The FORMED Project

Practices to Become More Like Jesus


The FORMED Project is an ongoing way to encourage and equip Redemption Tempe to participate in Christian practices in order to be intentionally formed more into the image of Jesus.

Have you ever thought about the ways you are being formed? Whether we realize it or not, we are all being formed by powerful daily habits. If we are not intentional, the habits of our culture will form us more than the ways of Jesus, and we will be formed into images of other things instead of the image of Jesus. Rather than being unintentionally shaped by our environment, we want to be intentionally formed by the Holy Spirit through Christian practices in our lives.

Many people are familiar with reading the Bible and prayer, but it can be difficult to make these practices become intentional rhythms of our lives. There is a wealth of different ways to connect with and experience God. During The FORMED Project, we will be applying these ways so we can encounter God, and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Resources for The FORMED Project available in the lobby on Sundays:

  • The FORMED Project Brochure – Overview & Calendar (free)
  • The FORMED Project Journal ($10)
  • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us by Adele Calhoun ($20)

Watch monthly videos for The FORMED Project:

 


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“Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” -1 Timothy 4:7-8

March Practice:

Inhabiting A Psalm

Teaching Video:

WHAT IS INHABITING A PSALM?

Inhabiting a Psalm is a practice that enables us to enter a psalm (rather than simply read it), by engaging our senses, our imaginations, and our emotions. As we do this, we bring our inner lives to God in prayer, and we can encounter Christ as he is revealed in the Psalms.

 

WHY DO WE PRACTICE INHABITING PSALMS?

The Psalms are the ancient prayer book of God’s people, and they are hebrew poetry. Poetry engages our minds and imaginations in ways that other genres of literature do not. One of the goals of poetry is that our minds and imaginations would be drawn in to connect with our emotions, and the full range of human emotions are present in the Psalms. Inhabiting a Psalm enables us to slow down our minds, and use our imaginations so we can feel the emotions of the psalm. As we do this, it fuels our prayers to God, and we can encounter Christ in renewing and transformative ways.

 

HOW DO WE PRACTICE INHABITING A PSALM?

Breathe deeply and slowly for 1 minute. The goal is to slow down our minds, and give our body a chance to be present.

Read a Psalm slowly and out loud. Even if you are by yourself, there is a power to hearing the words as you read them. Pause after each line and each verse. Continue to breathe deeply and slowly. Circle one word or phrase from the psalm that grabs your attention, even if you don’t know why. Pay attention to this word or phrase. 

Recreate the scene by closing your eyes and imagining with your senses what the Psalm looks like, sounds like, smells like, tastes like, and feels like.

We will be using this practice for Psalm 23. Prompts are provided each week in our Christ Our Shepherd guide for Psalm 23. These prompts are designed to help you recreate the scene and inhabit the psalm. Choose the questions that are most helpful for you to dwell on.

 

Further Resources

Christ Our Shepherd: A Meditative Guide to Psalm 23

Click Here for the Guide