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Christ like practice Christ like practice Presentation Transcript

  • Becoming Christ-Like Christ in YouSpiritual Formation-Becoming Christ Like-Christ in You: We will explore the biblical themeof the image of God in us, integrating insights from Scripture, church history, and the monastictradition, exploring how the church in its liturgy preaching, and program can become a dojo,school, or studio of Christ-like feeling, thinking, virtue, integrity, and action. Well consider theimitation/embodiment of Christ as the heart and soul of Christian living. (SuggestedPrereading: Naked Spirituality, Finding Our way Again, A New Kind of Christianity).
  • Welcome! Thanks for coming!
  • Philippians 2:1-11
  • Let this attitude be in us,Let this attitude be in us, The attitude of Jesus.Amen.
  • Christ being in the image of God ...Did not count equality with God Something to be grasped,But he emptied himself,
  • By taking the very nature of aservant,Being made in human form, And being found in appearance as a man,He humbled himself.
  • He became obedient to death,Even death upon a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place.
  • God gave him the highest nameof all,So that at Jesus’ name All knees should bow/ All tongues confess/
  • That Jesus Christ is Lord/ To the glory of God the Father,Who works in us to desire And do God’s good pleasure.
  • Let this attitude be in us,Let this attitude be in us, The attitude of Jesus.Amen.
  • Name, home, work, fun ...Who has most modeled the way ofJesus for you? Who are one or two of the most Christ-like people you have known? What about them makes you say that?
  • Today: What/Why Tomorrow: How
  • The problem of Christ-likenessThe image of GodWhat is Christ-likeness?The imitation of Christ/Christ inyouPractice and transformation
  • Image of God1. Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.2. Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:3. Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
  • Image (face) of God1.Genesis 33:10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.Image = idol (60+ times)
  • Image of GodImage = idol (60+ times)
  • Image of GodMark 12:15-1715 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you tryingto trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and letme look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and heasked them, “Whose image is this? And whoseinscription?”“Caesar’s,” they replied.17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesarwhat is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”And they were amazed at him.
  • Image of GodRomans 8:29For those God foreknew he also predestined to beconformed to the image of his Son, that he mightbe the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:4And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate theLord’s glory, are being transformed into his imagewith ever-increasing glory, which comes from theLord, who is the Spirit.... The god of this age hasblinded the minds of unbelievers, so that theycannot see the light of the gospel that displays theglory of Christ, who is the image of God.
  • Image of God1.Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.2.Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
  • 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement frombeing united with Christ, if any comfort from hislove, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if anytenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joycomplete by being like-minded, having the samelove, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Donothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of youto the interests of the others.5 In your relationships with one another, have thesame mindset as Christ Jesus: [NRSV]
  • who, [though he was] in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited [grasped, snatched],7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.And being found in human form,8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Image of GodNot kings or nobles ... but common hunter-gatherersNot idols ... but humansChildren ... like father, like son (spittin’ image, chipoff the old block)Jesus ... true image, true human, last adamTransformation ... Christ-like, restored to true imageof God
  • So ... what does “the image of God” mean? A valid “idol” for God - a representation, stand- in, reflection, likenessThe glory of God is a human being, fully alive. - St. Irenaeus
  • To be Christ-like is to be restored to the image of God ... to become a true human being, fully alive.The glory of God is a human being, fully alive. - St. Irenaeus
  • Follow me.(Imitate me.)
  • Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for Iam gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-29)
  • I have set you anexample that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:15)
  • The Gospel of Matthew ends with these important words:Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountainwhere Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, theyworshiped him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came to themand said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has beengiven to me. Therefore go and make [spiritually form] disciples [apprentices]of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father andof the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obeyeverything I have commanded you. And surely I am withyou always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:16-20)
  • Disciples AndApostles
  • Disciples: called to learn, imitate, become like their teacher Apostles: sent to form new disciples
  • The church is the unique disciple/ apostle-forming community thatpasses on ways of Jesus, the ways of the kingdom.
  • The Three Curricula Explicit Curriculum Covert Curriculum Null Curriculum
  • The Three Curricula Explicit Curriculum Covert Curriculum Null Curriculum
  • Our contemporary gospel is primarily INFORMATION ONHOW TO GO TO HEAVEN AFTER YOU DIE with a large footnote about increasing your personal happiness and success through God. with a small footnote about character development with a smaller footnote about spiritual experience with a smaller footnote about social/global transformation.
  • Heaven Self (soul) church world
  • Heavenworld church self
  • Heaven (God’s will)world church self
  • Gospel of saving individual souls from hell, and abandoning earth to destruction. Two Gospels: Gospel of saving earth* from human sin, beginning with us. *Including individuals
  • 2 gospels/2 churchesOne of evacuation (warehouse) One of transformation (community of practice …)
  • The Three Curricula Explicit Curriculum Covert Curriculum Null Curriculum What was Jesus’ “classroom?” What was his curriculum?
  • Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for Iam gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-29)
  • What is Christ-likeness?1. “Mind” or attitude or heart of Christ 2. Character/Integrity of Christ
  • 17 Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer liveas the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. 18They are darkenedin their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of theirignorance and hardness of heart. 19They have lost all sensitivity andhave abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practiseevery kind of impurity. 20That is not the way you learned Christ! 21Forsurely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is inJesus. 22You were taught to put away your former way of life, your oldself, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23and to be renewed in the spiritof your minds, 24and to clothe yourselves with the new self, createdaccording to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to ourneighbours, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do notsin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not makeroom for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let themlabour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to havesomething to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of yourmouths, but only what is useful for building up,* as there is need, sothat your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grievethe Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for theday of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath andanger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and bekind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God inChrist has forgiven you.*
  • What is Christ-likeness?1. “Mind” or attitude or heart of Christ 2. Moral Character/Integrity of Christ3. The social ways of Christ* *Danny’s story
  • John 14:8Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will besatisfied.’ 9Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all thistime, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seenme has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us theFather”? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and theFather is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak onmy own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;but if you do not, then believe me because of the worksthemselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in mewill also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greaterworks than these, because I am going to the Father.
  • What is Christ-likeness? 1. “Mind” or attitude of Christ 2. Moral Character/Integrity of Christ 3. The social ways of Christ ... 4. What was his message?
  • What did Jesus do?What was his agenda or mission? Signs and signified ...
  • Went about doing good ... (Acts 10) Healed sickReleased from demonic oppression Confronted hypocrisy ...What else?
  • What would it mean to develop acurriculum for Christ-likeness?The Mind/Heart of ChristThe Moral Character/Integrity ofChristThe social ways (manner) of ChristThe Message of ChristThe Agenda/Mission of Christ... More?
  • Becoming Christ-Like Christ in YouSpiritual Formation-Becoming Christ Like-Christ in You: We will explore the biblical themeof the image of God in us, integrating insights from Scripture, church history, and the monastictradition, exploring how the church in its liturgy preaching, and program can become a dojo,school, or studio of Christ-like feeling, thinking, virtue, integrity, and action. Well consider theimitation/embodiment of Christ as the heart and soul of Christian living. (SuggestedPrereading: Naked Spirituality, Finding Our way Again, A New Kind of Christianity).
  • What would it mean to develop acurriculum for Christ-likeness?The Mind/Heart of ChristThe Moral Character/Integrity ofChristThe social ways (manner) of ChristThe Message of ChristThe Agenda/Mission of Christ... More?
  • "There are many who preach Christ, but not so many who live Christ; my great aim will be to live Christ.” Robert Coleman Chapman, 1803-1902Chapman asked his guests to leave their shoes or boots outsideof their rooms so that he could clean them. When peopleobjected, Chapman wouldnt relent. One guest remembersChapman saying, "It is not the custom in our day to wash oneanothers feet; that which most nearly corresponds to thiscommand of the Lord is to clean each others boots.""My business is to love others and not to seek that others shalllove me."“A bright, genial, loving and attractive spirit [in his 80‘s] drew outthe confidence even of the little ones. He used to play with ourlittle girl, then two or three years old, in the afternoons at achildish game on the carpet…; and one morning before thehousehold was awake, he had made a paper kite for our son,then about six years old, and was out with him by nine oclockhelping him to fly it.”
  • Becoming Christ-Like: How? Christ in YouSpiritual Formation-Becoming Christ Like-Christ in You: We will explore the biblical themeof the image of God in us, integrating insights from Scripture, church history, and the monastictradition, exploring how the church in its liturgy preaching, and program can become a dojo,school, or studio of Christ-like feeling, thinking, virtue, integrity, and action. Well consider the
  • 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in* him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in* him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doingevil deeds, 22he has now reconciled* in his fleshly body* throughdeath, so as to present you holy and blameless andirreproachable before him— 23provided that you continuesecurely established and steadfast in the faith, without shiftingfrom the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which hasbeen proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, becamea servant of this gospel.
  • 24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings foryour sake, and in my flesh I am completingwhat is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for thesake of his body, that is, the church. 25Ibecame its servant according to God’scommission that was given to me for you, tomake the word of God fully known, 26themystery that has been hidden throughout theages and generations but has now beenrevealed to his saints. 27To them God chose tomake known how great among the Gentilesare the riches of the glory of this mystery,which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28Itis he whom we proclaim, warning everyoneand teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that
  • In Christ ......Christ in you... so that we may present everyone maturein Christ. 29For this I toil and struggle with allthe energy that he powerfully inspires withinme.
  • From Michael Polanyi, Personal Knowledge: Toward aPostcritical Philosophy (1958)It follows that an art which has falleninto disuse for the period of a generationis altogether lost. There are hundreds ofexamples of this to which the process ofmechanization is continuously addingnew ones. These losses are usuallyirretrievable.
  • It is pathetic to watch theendless efforts -- equippedwith microscopy andchemistry, with mathematicsand electronics -- toreproduce a single violin ofthe kind the half-literateStradivarius turned out as amatter of routine more than200 years ago.
  • To learn by example is to submit toauthority. You follow your masterbecause you trust his manner of doingthings even when you cannot analyze andaccount in detail for its effectiveness. Bywatching the master and emulating hisefforts in the presence of his example, theapprentice unconsciously picks up therules of the art, including those which arenot explicitly known to the masterhimself.
  • These hidden rules canbe assimilated only bya person whosurrenders himself tothat extent uncriticallyto the imitation of themaster. A societywhich wants topreserve a fund ofpersonal knowledgemust submit totradition.
  • … practical wisdom is more trulyembodied in action than expressed inrules of action. (pp. 53-54)
  • Becoming Christ-Like Christ in You
  • Philippians 2:1-11
  • Let this attitude be in us,Let this attitude be in us, The attitude of Jesus.Amen.
  • Christ being in the image of God ...Did not count equality with God Something to be grasped,But he emptied himself,
  • By taking the very nature of aservant,Being made in human form, And being found in appearance as a man,He humbled himself.
  • He became obedient to death,Even death upon a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place.
  • God gave him the highest nameof all,So that at Jesus’ name All knees should bow/ All tongues confess/
  • That Jesus Christ is Lord/ To the glory of God the Father,Who works in us to desire And do God’s good pleasure.
  • Let this attitude be in us,Let this attitude be in us, The attitude of Jesus.Amen.
  • Positive imitation is essential to formingChrist-likeness. The Mind/Heart of Christ The Moral Character/Integrity of Christ The social ways (manner) of Christ The Message of Christ The Agenda/Mission of Christ How can we promote positive imitation?
  • The New (Secular) MonasticismSharing a common life ...Daily trials ...Daily opportunities to serve ...Modeling family life ... Retreats, Field Trips, Mission Trips, Pilgrimages, Summer CampsShort term monastic experiences
  • Small Groups-- Places for belonging-- Classes for education?-- Mini-monasteries for formation? “Announcing” and repeating our intention
  • Teaching disciples to seek mentors: Theological Family Ministry Problem areas AgingIt’s like “learning to learn a language” Questions, Requests for help Active Learners
  • Teaching disciples to seek mentorees: Theological Family Ministry Problem areas Aging
  • Spiritual Directors/MentorsSoul Friends Soul Friends YouSoul Friends Soul Friends Mentorees/Apprentices
  • At the heart of mentor relationships: QueriesHow goeth it with thy soul?
  • Wesley’s Initial Questions:1. Have you the forgiveness of your sins?2. Have you peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ?3. Have you the witness of God’s Spirit with your spirit that you are a child of God?4. Is the love of God shed abroad in your heart?5. Has no sin, inward or outward, dominion over you?6. Do you desire to be told of your faults?7. Do you desire to be told of all your faults, and that plain and home?8. Do you desire that every one of us should tell you from time to time whatsoever is in his heart concerning you?9. Consider! Do you desire we should tell you whatsoever we think, whatsoever we fear, whatsoever we hear, concerning you?10.Do you desire that in doing this we should come as close as possible, that we should cut to the quick, and search your heart to the bottom?11.Is it your desire and design to be on this and all other occasions entirely open, so as to speak everything that is in your heart, without exception, without disguise, and without reserve?
  • Wesley’s Weekly Questions:1.What known sins have you committed since our last meeting?2.What temptations have you met with?3.How were you delivered?4.What have you thought, said, or done, of which you doubt whether it be sin or not?5.Have you nothing you desire to keep secret?
  • At the heart of mentor relationships: QueriesHow goes the battle? (work)How is your soul?What do you need?What dangers, toils, and snares are inyour path?What’s been a high-point and low-point?
  • QueriesHow have you failed and dealt with thatfailure since we last met?How have you struggled and dealt withthat struggle since we last met?When have you felt God’s presence anddirection in your life?When have you been able to serve others,and so serve Christ - especially in theoutcast, outsider, weak, or vulnerable?
  • QueriesSome prompt self-examinationSome prompt a sense of accountability(note “grace” and “law” accountability!)Others elicit “tribal stories” - andawareness for opportunities.
  • QueriesStorytelling (testimony) and SpiritualFormation:- How am I formed by listening?- How am I formed by sharing?- How does inter-generational storytellingdiffer from intra-generationalstorytelling?
  • A lifetime process ...
  • Becoming Christ-Like Christ in You
  • Spiritual Formation in Christ- Likeness:- Mind/heart- Moral character/integrity- Manner/way of relating- Message- Mission
  • The Role of the GospelsFormation in OUR form ofChristlikeness ... vs. Formation in Christlikeness
  • “Q” - source leads to MarkMark expanded by Matthew & LukeJohn - independent source, muchlater, new circumstances
  • Four Gospels as Four Teachers Quadratos (Alex Shaia)Matthew - Climbing a mountainMark - Crossing a stormy seaJohn - Resting in a GardenLuke - Walking the Path
  • Four Gospels as Four Teachers Quadratos (Alex Shaia)Matthew - Mountain of learningMark - Sea of conflict, struggleJohn - Garden of mysticismLuke - Path of mission
  • Four Gospels as Four Teachers Quadratos (Alex Shaia)Matthew - IntellectMark - Will, Courage, ConfidenceJohn - ImaginationLuke - Action
  • How do we read the Bible?FlatDescendingAscendingMountain peak
  • How do we read the Bible?RegularityIntensityHearing, reading, studying,memorizing, meditatingSnippets ... Narratives (ex. Luke18)
  • An Ignatian Practice ofReading the Bible: John 8:1-11
  • Becoming Christ-Like Christ in You
  • Spiritual Formation in Christ- Likeness:- Mind/heart- Moral character/integrity- Manner/way of relating- Message- MissionMentoring, Gospels, Practices
  • Work out your salvation …For it is God who works in you …(Philippians 2:12-13)
  • I learned to play guitar by accident and on purpose
  • By accident through an invitation and a gift … and on purpose by practice
  • There are deep similarities with my life as a follower of Jesus.It began with an invitation and a gift. It continued with practice.
  • Are you a practicing guitar student?Are you a practicing dentist or doctor?Are you a practicing lawyer? Are you a practicing Christian?
  • The term “Christian” only appears 3 times in the New Testament. It appears to have been a term of disparagement (Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, I Peter 4:15).The far more common term for someone who believes in and follows Jesus is …
  • Disciple.This term appears 261 times in the New Testament! 3 versus 261
  • come, follow meLearn of me, take my yoke upon you I have given you an example Make disciples, teaching them topractice everything I have taught you
  • Be conformed to the image of Christ. Romans 8Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12 … that Christ may be formed in you. Galatians 4 Learn Christ… Be made new in the attitude of your minds Ephesians 4 Christ in you, the hope of glory … everyone fully formed in Christ Colossians 1Let this attitude be in you which was also in Christ… Philippians 2
  • A disciple is a learner … an apprentice … one who imitates a master- teacherand practices his way.
  • The sermon on the mountExplains how disciples of the kingdom are characterized by a “right/justway of living” which “surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees.” Different attitudes: blessed are … Different role - salt and light Beyond “no murder” to no hatred, anger, insult, or grudges Beyond “no adultery” to no lust or divorce Beyond no lying to no exaggeration Beyond no excessive revenge to no retaliation Beyond loving friends to loving enemies Beyond harsh religious “perfection” to God’s compassionate perfection.
  • What we call “Christianity” was originally called the way ..A new way of life, a new way of love.
  • We learn information by study. We learn a way by practice.To follow Jesus, to learn his way, to experience transformation … we engage in practice.
  • Spiritual formation of disciples/apostles involvesintentional spiritual practices(or disciplines) in community:
  • Actions within our power which we do to train ourselves to do things currently beyond our power, and to become people we are currently incapable of being.- Running a marathon- Making or playing a violin- Learning a language
  • Beyond your ability: Being patient and self- controlled Being kind and forgiving Loving enemies Living in the way of Jesus
  • practice makespossible
  • So … the church is the community that passes on ways of being formed into disciples of Jesus, disciples of the kingdom.Through the centuries, the church has identified a number of transformative practices for individuals.
  • For example, fasting: - Feeling and acknowledging our weakness in the face of impulses from our bodies.- Practicing impulse control.- Asserting to ourselves the importance of things other than impulse gratification.- Accepting weakness and “poverty” in faith that greater strength and satisfaction can come to us.- What benefits could come from this practice?
  • What personal practices form people spiritually? ___solitude ___sabbath ___silence ___study ___spiritual direction___practicing God’s presence ___prayer journaling ___fixed-hour prayer ___contemplative prayer ___service ___submission ___simplicity ___feasting ___fasting ___self-denial ___identifying with Jesus ___reconciliation ___giving ___encouragement ___empathy
  • Not just practicing our faith: Also faithing our practices. The Celtic era (400-600 AD) has much to teach us. ___prayers for washing your face ___prayers for stirring your fire ___prayers for leaving your house ___prayers for walking ___prayers for enjoying God’s creationThey integrated spiritual formation into all aspects of normal daily life.
  • Not just practicing our faith: Also faithing our practices.What are some of your practices that you add (or could add) a faith dimension to?
  • What personal practices form people spiritually? ___solitude ___sabbath ___silence ___study ___spiritual direction___practicing God’s presence ___prayer journaling ___fixed-hour prayer ___contemplative prayer ___service ___submission ___simplicity ___feasting ___fasting ___self-denial ___identifying with Jesus ___reconciliation ___giving ___encouragement ___empathy
  • How are disciples formed? Through personal practices. ___public worship ___solitude ___sabbath ___eucharist ___silence ___study ___spiritual direction ___practicing God’s presence ___prayer journaling ___fixed-hour prayer ___contemplative prayer ___service ___submission ___simplicity ___feasting/ fasting ___pilgrimage ___self-denial ___identifying with Jesus ___reconciliation ___giving ___confessing sin ___reciting creeds But this is only part of the story …
  • Social practices …___don’t exploit workers ___resolve conflicts non- violently ___loose chains of injustice ___set oppressed free ___break every form of domination ___sharing your food with the hungry ___bringing the homeless poor into your home ___clothe naked ___don’t turn away from another human being ___don’t point finger/ accuse ____don’t talk maliciously ___spend yourselves on hungry ___satisfy needs of the oppressed Isaiah 58
  • How are disciples formed? Through missional practices: ___healing (external and internal) ___eating with “sinners” ___standing with oppressed ___confronting the powerful ___community organizing ___consciousness raising ___leadership development ___campaigns ___ crossing the road/moving toward the other
  • Jesus calls disciples - men and women who will learn to live a new way of life and experience transformation.Then he sends them out as apostles … people who would bring transformation to the world.
  • The purpose of personal formation is globaltransformation
  • You are not the end user of the gospel.The church is not the point.
  • Does the church have a mission (or a missions department)?Or does Christ’s mission have a church?
  • As the Father sent me, so I send you. (John 20:21)
  • So … the church is the community that joins God for global transformation on every level … It is a community of transforming individualswho participate with God in the transformation of the world.
  • The purpose of personal formation is global transformation- on every level!
  • Does the church have a mission (or a missions department)?Or does Christ’s mission have a church?
  • Do justice … Love kindness …Walk humbly with God.
  • In your family … In your neighborhood … At your workplace … With your church … In your city or region or state …In your nation - dual citizenship. (which has priority?) Globally - (to whom much has been given)
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  • Learning is not the consequence of teaching.Learning is the consequence of thinking.
  • transformation formation in practice: …teach them to doall I have commanded you. (Matthew 28)
  • transformationFormation in orientationI have give you an example … love one another as I have loved you. (John 13-15)
  • Formation in identity: to be conformedto the image of God’s Son (Romans 8)
  • formation in thought/feeling: … be transformedby the renewing of your minds. (Romans 8)
  • transformationtransformation: …until Christ is formed in you. (Galatians 4:19)
  • In one sense, everythingis spiritual formation (or malformation):Listening to Rush Limbaugh, watching Fox News or MSNBC or The Cosmetic Surgery Channel, using pornography or drugs, choosing one neighborhood over another, engaging in office gossip, making charitable donations, etc.
  • What personal practices form people spiritually? ___solitude ___sabbath ___silence ___study ___spiritual direction___practicing God’s presence ___prayer journaling ___fixed-hour prayer ___contemplative prayer ___service ___submission ___simplicity ___feasting ___fasting ___self-denial ___identifying with Jesus ___reconciliation ___giving ___encouragement ___empathy
  • Social practices …___don’t exploit workers ___resolve conflicts non- violently ___loose chains of injustice ___set oppressed free ___break every form of domination ___sharing your food with the hungry ___bringing the homeless poor into your home ___clothe naked ___don’t turn away from another human being ___don’t point finger/ accuse ____don’t talk maliciously ___spend yourselves on hungry ___satisfy needs of the oppressed Isaiah 58
  • How are disciples formed? Through missional practices: ___healing (external and internal) ___eating with “sinners” ___standing with oppressed ___confronting the powerful ___community organizing ___consciousness raising ___leadership development ___campaigns
  • How are disciples formed? Through communal practices: ___public worship ___eucharist ___group learning/study ___spiritual direction ___fixed-hour prayer ___feasting ___pilgrimage ___giving ___confessing sin ___reciting creeds
  • Public Worship:a gathering for liturgy
  • Public Worship: a gathering for liturgy Liturgy:an orderly succession of rituals
  • Public Worship: a gathering for liturgy Liturgy:an orderly succession of rituals Ritual: a bodily action for bonding to meaning
  • Ritualism: repeating the prescribedaction without reference to meaning
  • Liturgy:the “workout” of the people -rituals and practices for formation
  • public worship as (spiritual formation) [disciple-making]{community formation}
  • there has been a lot of talk about worship in recent years….
  • traditional contemporary blendedpostmodern (ouch)
  • such labels can be useful … and they can be problematic. Do we need more “market segmentation?”
  • let’s consider all of these as transitional,and on a deeper level ...
  • let’s consider ourselvesto be moving to a “post- protestant” era in worship …where forms of worship are not biblically mandated
  • and where elements of worship are not denominationally proprietary
  • where liturgy is acknowledged as universal … a dynamic tension of form and freedom,identity and innovation,
  • and where “evolution” is seen as normative,and where one of theessential functions of worship is …
  • 1. Inconvenience: Going to a place I didn’t choose At a time I didn’t chooseFor a purpose I do choose.
  • 2. AwakeningDrawing attention to things that can too easily be forgotten. Entry rituals, preludes, songs, sacred space, artwork, invocation
  • 3. Association/ AffiliationAssociating with some people I like And others I don’t like For a purpose I believe in.
  • 4. Hospitality Using my presence and our space to help “the other” feelwelcome in my presence, and inthe presence of our community.
  • 5. Desire formationStrengthening certain desires through prayer, song, and posture. Which desires? What range? Weekly, Seasonal, Annual, Lifespan
  • Kinds of prayer: invocation (here), thanksgiving (thanks), adoration (O!), confession (sorry), petition (help), intercession (please),aspiration (when?), refusal (no!),abandonment (why?), meditation (behold), surrender (yes), contemplation (-)
  • 6. Confession/AbsolutionDealing constructively with the gap between behavior and aspiration.Constructive versus destructive confession
  • 7. Creativity/beautyParticipating in beauty through song, ceremony, architecture. Consider alternatives:
  • 8. ReceptivityWaiting for what I may receive only by waiting receptively. Sermons and silence
  • 9. GenerosityTaking greater pleasure in being productive (fruitful) than consumptive.
  • 10. Modeling Exposing apprentices to masters In prayer, teaching, artistry, faithfulness, service, hospitality, etc.Contemplative and charismatic models …
  • 11. EnvisioningPreaching justice & compassion Singing justice & compassionPraying, signifying, announcing, celebrating, organizing for justice & compassion
  • 12. CatholicityCelebrating the wideness of God’s mercy to others: Quoting others Affirming others Praying for others Inviting others
  • 13. MysteryExposing the soul to the wonder of saturated events - with unfathomed layers of meaning ... Such as Eucharist, Resurrection, Pentecost, Eschaton
  • 14. Reciting creeds Affiliation Submission to tradition Abiding in community More?
  • 14. Reciting creeds Affiliation Submission to tradition Abiding in community More?
  • 15. Scripture readingLiving before and in the text
  • 16. BenedictionBeing sent into the world ... For what purpose?
  • What about your churchyear? What seasons do you have? When is there planned latency? When is there planned intensity? Feasting? Fasting? Inward, Upward, Outward focus? Planning? Evaluating?
  • Are there unintended“malformations” happening? -Revelation sermon -“Give us the lost” & “the nations” songs -Warfare language, cliches -Emotional manipulation/hype -Emotional strangulation -Racial/Cultural/age exclusion -Body acknowledgement -Intellectual or political messages
  • Six dynamic tensions: -Charismatic and contemplative -Regularity and intensity -Familiarity and surprise -Ancient and Future -Planned and spontaneous -Word and image
  • Question:How do we induct or initiatepeople into our publicworship - so they know themeaning we want them tobond to?