The BCBP Formation Program: Becoming a Member in Formation Introduction The next step forward toward becoming a committed member of the BCBP is to enter the BCBP Formation Program. In this part of the talk we will explain the following: The BCBP Formation Program Being members in formation Requirements for commitment The BCBP Formation Program All of us need formation, but especially at the beginning of our life of discipleship in the BCBP we need formation and training in order to follow Christ faithfully and consistently. We need two types of formation: (1) character formation and (2) formation in how to live as responsible members of the BCBP.
Character Formation Proverbs 6:23 states: “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.” Proverbs 5:23 adds: “They die for lack of discipline and because of their great folly they are lost.”
These Proverbs tell us that is a great blessing to be taught by God. It helps us to live according to his will and to become his sons and daughters. People can be lost if they are not formed, if they are not corrected, if there is no discipline in their life.
Training for participating responsibly in the life and mission of the BCBP Mark 1:16-20 narrates that the first thing Jesus did was to call disciples. He called them to follow him and promised to make them fishers of people. From the beginning Jesus makes it clear that to become a disciple involves training and formation.