Diocesan Center for
Spiritual Leadership


   Soma – The Body
   Working Together



  Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leade...
3 years – 12 sessions
      1.    The Body Working Together
      2.    My Faith In Christ
      3.    Call & Spiritual Gi...
Understanding our Gifts




          Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
Soma Session 1
   Key Learning Objectives
   1.   Accept the call and reason for spiritual
        leadership (Eph 4:1,11-...
The Church is One Body
      There is one body and one
      Spirit, just as you too were
      called to the one hope of ...
The Meaning of Sōma
    • Sōma is the transliteration of
      the Greek word σῶμα (body)
    • In the Bible it is used of...
Sōma Objective
   • Nurture our intimacy with
     Christ
   • Serve and lead out of our
     spiritual gifts, strengths a...
Sōma Objective
   • Become interdependently
     dependent upon Jesus
   • Challenge our thinking to learn
     skills (ma...
Ephesians 4:1-3
   1I therefore, the prisoner in the
   Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy
   of the calling to which you...
Discussion Questions
    1.   If taken literally, how might the life
         transform your way of living and human
     ...
Ephesians 4:4-6
   4There is one body and one Spirit,
   just as you were called to the one
   hope of your calling, 5 one...
Discussion Questions
    1. How do you see the reality of oneness
       lived out by the Church?
    2. What reaction wou...
Ephesians 4:7-10
   7 But each of us was given grace
   according to the measure of Christ’s
   gift. 8 Therefore it is sa...
Discussion Questions
    1. What is the gift of Christ?
       (Rom 8:9-11)
    2. What spiritual gifts do you see in
    ...
Ephesians 4:11-16
    11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles,
    some prophets, some evangelists, some pas...
Discussion Questions
     1.   What is the chief purpose of those who
          are called? (Eph 4:12, 1Pet 4:10; Col 1:28...
STAY ENGAGED
On the Web
In the Online Community
In your Parish
In your Deanery
At our Next Session – May 8, 2010
Read the ...
This Session of Soma was Facilitated by
                           Greg Troxell
                           Member at
     ...
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The Soma Project - An Overview

  1. 1. Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership Soma – The Body Working Together Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  2. 2. 3 years – 12 sessions 1. The Body Working Together 2. My Faith In Christ 3. Call & Spiritual Gifts 4. Time/ Availability & Experiences 5. Passion / Compassion 6. Behavioral Style 7. Talents 8. Strengths / Skills & 9. Assets / Treasure 10. Education / Knowledge 11. Discipleship 12. Church Implementation Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  3. 3. Understanding our Gifts Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  4. 4. Soma Session 1 Key Learning Objectives 1. Accept the call and reason for spiritual leadership (Eph 4:1,11-13, 2:10; Heb 13:7; 1Pet 4:10; 1Cor 1:25; Col 1:28,29) 2. Accept the headship of God, the unity of the church, the role of every member, the value of all peoples (Eph 4:6,11, 1:18-23, 2:4-10; John 3:16; 1Pet 2:9-10) 3. Accept the challenge to grow in your faith and serve one another in love for the purposes of God (Eph 4:15,16; 1Cor 3:5; Phil 1:6, 2:13; 1Tim 4:14-16 Matt 25:14-30) Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  5. 5. The Church is One Body There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism Eph 4:4,5 Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  6. 6. The Meaning of Sōma • Sōma is the transliteration of the Greek word σῶμα (body) • In the Bible it is used often to describe the people who followed Jesus. • It often refers to a closely knit society, a family as it were; a social, ethical, mystical body. • Phonetic: so'-mah Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  7. 7. Sōma Objective • Nurture our intimacy with Christ • Serve and lead out of our spiritual gifts, strengths and person • Submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit to be trained up and fashioned for fruitfulness  Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  8. 8. Sōma Objective • Become interdependently dependent upon Jesus • Challenge our thinking to learn skills (mastery) as stewards and servants • Disciple, equip and mobilize believers for ministry together • Build and sustain Christian unity Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  9. 9. Ephesians 4:1-3 1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  10. 10. Discussion Questions 1. If taken literally, how might the life transform your way of living and human interaction? Why is this so hard to achieve? 2. Compare this list with the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and share what other virtues you value, appreciate in others and hope to express. 3. Share with the others what you feel called to be doing in the church - Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher (note Rom 12 and 1Cor 12). Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  11. 11. Ephesians 4:4-6 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  12. 12. Discussion Questions 1. How do you see the reality of oneness lived out by the Church? 2. What reaction would the world around you have if this reality were embraced and better lived out? 3. Of what importance is the authority of God? (Eph 1:18-23) in your personal life and the ministry of the church? 4. Where is this ministry supposed to take place? By whom? (Matt 28:19-20) Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  13. 13. Ephesians 4:7-10 7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” 9 (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  14. 14. Discussion Questions 1. What is the gift of Christ? (Rom 8:9-11) 2. What spiritual gifts do you see in those gathered with you now? 3. What relevance is the power of Christ the incarnation, resurrection and ascension to the exercise of the various spiritual gifts? (Phil 3:10) Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  15. 15. Ephesians 4:11-16 11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  16. 16. Discussion Questions 1. What is the chief purpose of those who are called? (Eph 4:12, 1Pet 4:10; Col 1:28- 29) 2. In the human body, its parts are to react to directions provided by the brain. How might our responsiveness to the headship of God affect our collaboration, effectiveness, function and relationships? 3. Pray together, confessing your need for reconciliation with God, partnership with the body, and Gods transformative power to help you grow into the full nature of Christ. Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  17. 17. STAY ENGAGED On the Web In the Online Community In your Parish In your Deanery At our Next Session – May 8, 2010 Read the book of Ephesians Read Romans 12 & 1Corinthians 12 Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership
  18. 18. This Session of Soma was Facilitated by Greg Troxell Member at St. Jude’s , Cupertino Rev. Canon Brian Nordwick Mission House Diocesan Center for Spiritual Leadership

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