Sspp seminar 2014 #2

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a PDF file of the slides used in Session # of the "Shaping Spiritual Practices Program" seminar (SSPP) at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Taurnaga, New Zealand on the 11th August 2014.

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Sspp seminar 2014 #2

  1. 1. Session #2Session #2
  2. 2. Rule of Life The structured routine of self-chosen and intentionally undertaken Christian spiritual disciplines you pursue as either personal or communal life-practices in maintaining and deepening your relationship with God and effective engagement within broader-life public life. JCD Session #2
  3. 3. The structured routine of . . . 1. Self-chosen and intentionally undertaken • Christian spiritual disciplines 2. You pursue as either personal or communal life-practices in • maintaining and deepening your relationship with God, and • effective engagement within broader-life public life.
  4. 4. Our logo . . . LUKE 24:13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him . . . "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
  5. 5. OVERTURE Commencement exercise as an act of fellowship and worship in which the teacher will model the skill/behavior of the previous teaching session in sharing spiritual thought/reflection. TEACHING Interactive teaching supported by visual media, and examples. PRAXIS ACTIVITY A planned activity to enable personal and group processing of the teaching’s focus EPILOGUE Closing exercise of session-summary as an act of corporate worship Each seminar session contains four aspects
  6. 6. Our time together today . . . Overture Teaching – The Fourfold Framework Praxis Activity Epilogue
  7. 7. Overture #1
  8. 8. Some guiding questions for gazing . . . 1. “What am I seeing in the text, what’s it seeking to show me?” or, 2. “What am I hearing in the text, what’s it trying to say to me?” or, 3. “Why are the things in the text happening - what’s the reasons behind its and actions?” or, . 4. “What’s happening in the text– (something is for sure!), What does activity imply - how is it happening? - Who’s doing what?”
  9. 9. Meditation is not the setting apart of a special time for personal devotions, whether morning or evening, but it is the reflection on the Word of God in the course of daily activities JOSHUA 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Regardless of the time of day or the context, the godly respond to life in accordance with God's word. Even where the word is not explicit, the godly person has trained his heart to speak and act with wisdom
  10. 10. Looking at looking . . . . .Looking at looking . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxISs5ctVM8
  11. 11. Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
  12. 12. Let’s “consider the Ant” . . .Let’s “consider the Ant” . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcAUa6e3x0s
  13. 13. Some guiding questions for gazing . . . 1. “What am I seeing in the text, what’s it seeking to show me?” or, (V) 2. “What am I hearing in the text, what’s it trying to say to me?” or, (A) 3. “Why are the things in the text happening - what’s the reasons behind its and actions?” (R) 4. “What’s happening in the text– (something is for sure!), What does activity imply - how is it happening? - Who’s doing what?” (K)
  14. 14. Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Ezekiel 34:11-16 For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. 16I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
  15. 15. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer Psalm 19:14
  16. 16. Christian Spiritual Disciplines in a “Fourfold framework”
  17. 17. Devotional Life . . . . The practice of regular Bible reading, prayer, reflection/meditation, and personal worship which may include the spiritual discipline of journaling; the Bible reading element is frequently supported by published Bible reading notes.
  18. 18. Devotional Life . . . . 1. Bible reading 2. Prayer 3. Reflection/meditation 4. Personal worship as active response – which may include the spiritual discipline of journaling – the Bible reading element is frequently supported by published Bible reading notes.
  19. 19. Evangelical devotional practices spiritual disciplines in four quadrants . . . •Pray•Ruminate •Read•respond Worship as active responsiveness Bible reading Prayer Meditation/ rumination
  20. 20. Christian Spiritual Disciplines are . . . Devotional spiritual formation practices disciples apply consistently that help maintain and nurture faith, grow spirituality, and build up Christ- conformity.
  21. 21. The Reading of Scripture Prayer Bible Study Devotional Reading Guidance Lectio Divina Meditation Memorization Teachability Theological Reflection Breath Prayer Centering Prayer Confession Conversational Prayer Examen Prayer Intercessory Prayer Practicing the Presence Prayer Self Examination Silence Meditation/Rumination Active Responsiveness Contemplation Devotional Reading of Christian Classics Examen Journaling Meditation Theological Reflection Celebration Fasting Fellowship Gratitude Service Simplicity Solitude Submission Submission Worship
  22. 22. PRACTICING SPIRITUAL PRACTICES • Spiritual practices put us in a place where we can begin to notice God and respond to His word to us • Spiritual disciplines give the Holy Spirit space to brood over our souls • Spiritual transformation, “recovering your life,” comes from partnering with the Trinity for change • Keeping company with Jesus in the space between wanting to change and not being able to change through effort alone can be a difficult thing to do.
  23. 23. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES OPEN US TO GOD (aka “Worship”) Worship is not something we work up or go to on Sunday morning. Worship is every discipline's end game! We miss the point and endanger our souls when we think of spiritual disciplines as ends in themselves. Spiritual practices exist to open us into God. They are never the "be all and end all" of discipleship. The "be all and end all" is a loving trust of and obedience to the God who is within us yet beyond us and our very best efforts. Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2005, p.17-21.
  24. 24. Dividing the disciplines into three groupings (Richard Foster) . . . • Inward – Disciplines practiced in the privacy of our intimate walk with Jesus • Outward – Disciplines that affect how we interface with the world • Corporate – Disciplines that are practiced with others.
  25. 25. Distinguishing two types of disciplines (Dallas Willard) . . . • Disciplines of Engagement – Connect us to the needs of others and the call to be God’s heart and hands in the world. They address sins of commission. • Disciplines of Abstinence – Detach us from hurry, clutter and busyness, and open us to being with God alone. They address sins of omission.
  26. 26. Spiritual disciplines catalogued under the acronym WORSHIP (Adele Calhoun) . . . Worship God Open myself to God Relinquish the false self and idols of my heart Share my life with others Hear the word of God Incarnate Christ’s love in the world Pray to God W O R S H I P
  27. 27. Disciplines are intentional ways we open space in our lives for the worship of God They are not harsh but grace-filled ways of responding to the presence of Christ with our bodies. Worship happens in our bodies, not just our heads; in Romans 12:1 Paul exhorts “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship”
  28. 28. Praxis Activity Putting legs on my quadrants
  29. 29. Which approach to disciplines would best empower me in practices? 1. Richard Foster’s 3 groupings 2. Dallas Willard’s 2 types 3. Adele Calhoun’s acronym Remember it’s not firstly what you “mix” . . . It’s “how/why you mix them”
  30. 30. • Desires • Felt deficits • Intention • Desires – Wish/want to • Felt deficits - Need to • Intention - Plan to
  31. 31. My daily-weekly Exercises and Devotional activity
  32. 32. Click here for our Web-blog . . . http://spiritmentor12.blogspot.co.nz/
  33. 33. http://dailybible.americanbible.org/
  34. 34. GARDEN TABLE CAVE ARMCHAIR Developing your “Settling Place”
  35. 35. Epilogue
  36. 36. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.
  37. 37. You serve me a six- course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.
  38. 38. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

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