Monday, September 19, 2011

Four obstacles to transformation

The Barna Group surveys religious belief and opinions in an American context. George Barna has identified four significant obstacles to spiritual transformation for self-identified Christians in the United States. The obstacles to transformation are


  • Commitment

  • Repentance

  • Activity

  • Spiritual Community

Obstacle 1: Commitment


  • Most say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today

  • More than three out of four strongly agreed that spirituality is very important to them

  • Less than one out of every five claims to be totally committed to investing in their own spiritual development

  • About one in five claims to be “completely dependent upon God.”

  • A majority (52%) believe that there is much more to the Christian life than what they have experienced

Related links

1. Self-Described Christians Dominate America but Wrestle with Four Aspects of Spiritual Depth

2. A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life

3. Six trends emerging for 2011

4. Are we becoming Biblically illiterate?

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