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Spiritual Formation Is...

How to Grow in Jesus with Passion and Confidence

Rod Dempsey, Dave Earley


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Rod Dempsey and Dave Earley draw on years of experience as pastors, church planters, professors, and transformed believers to equip readers to grow in their spiritual walk with Christ.

Spiritual Formation Is… challenges believers to grow upward, inward, and outward in their spiritual formation by loving God, loving one another, and loving our neighbors. Written in a down-to-earth, approachable style that invites readers to come as they are, Spiritual Formation Is… introduces the principles, philosophy, and practice of sanctification.

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“With the background of pastor, church planter, and professor, Earley and Dempsey provide Christ-followers and Christian leaders with a philosophy and strategy for spiritual formation birthed from the overflow of their own walk with Christ, and grounded in the Word of God. Whether you are just beginning your Christian walk, leading others to walk with Christ, or weary in your own walk, this book points us back to the Scriptures to remind us that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 
—Brian Autry, executive director, Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia

“As a Pastor I am constantly concerned about the spiritual well-being of the people at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Spiritual growth is an important part of discipleship and we need simple but effective approaches to aid and assist the people we serve. Rod Dempsey and Dave Earley have been helping people know and follow Jesus for over three decades. Their simple approach to spiritual growth - loving God, loving one another and loving our neighbor with connected habits and disciplines - will help you and your church follow Jesus.” 

— Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA

“Rod Dempsey and David Early present a solid approach to spiritual formation. Their emphasis is biblical, balanced, practical, and effective. They challenge us to engage in a life of spiritual development by loving God, loving one another, and loving our neighbors. Their insights will challenge your thinking, stir your heart, and bless your soul. Don’t miss it!” 

— Ed Hindson, founding dean, distinguished professor of religion, Rawlings School of Divinity, Liberty University

“I have known Rod and Dave for many years. They planted a church together in Columbus Ohio and saw that church grow and multiply new churches through evangelism, small groups and solid discipleship. Now they teach at Liberty University on discipleship and leadership development. They are about developing healthy disciples, in healthy groups, in healthy churches.  Their bookSpiritual Formation Is…will help anyone develop habits and disciplines that will deepen their love for God, love for one another and love for their neighbor.”

— Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism, executive director, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College

“This book represents decades of study and experience. The wisdom the authors have gleaned, and share here, could result in a quantum leap in your spiritual life. This volume is intensely practical, appropriately candid, thorough, balanced, profound, and yet easily understandable to the hungry hearted. I enthusiastically recommend Spiritual Formation Is... to all who desire a deep walk with Christ and a fruitful life.”
—Harold Vaughan, founder, Christ Life Ministries

B&H Academic, 9781462776757, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2018

About the Author

Rod Dempsey is director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies programs at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Dave Earley is founding lead pastor of Grace City Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, and associate professor of Pastoral Leadership for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.