In my last post, I wrote that most churches place stage three, "Service and Leadership" at the pinnacle of the Christian life. But if you've followed this series of posts, you'll know that stage three is not even half way along the path of what historic Christianity has understood to be the path to spiritual maturity. That journey leads from First Awakening, through Believing and Belonging, and into Service and Leadership. But it doesn't end there. There comes a point when the Holy Spirit invites a disciple to turn inward again in order to awaken to the depths of interior intimacy with the Holy Trinity.

It's a stage of discovering God all over again.

Sadly, without direction and insight, many who experience this invitation to the deeper life believe instead that they're losing their faith; they become disillusioned with God or they blame the church for not meeting their needs.

To be continued . . .