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Process Spirituality

  1. 1. Process SpiritualityLife and Growth as a Process, not an Event Dr. Kenneth Boa and Bill Ibsen © Dr. Kenneth Boa & Bill Ibsen 2005.  All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Messages from the World 2
  3. 3. Messages from the World• The World says what we achieve and accomplish determines who we are 2
  4. 4. Messages from the World• The World says what we achieve and accomplish determines who we are • Money, power, prestige, production, and possessions establish human value 2
  5. 5. Messages from the World• The World says what we achieve and accomplish determines who we are • Money, power, prestige, production, and possessions establish human value • We tend to be human doings instead of human beings 2
  6. 6. Messages from the Word 3
  7. 7. Messages from the Word• The Word teaches that who we are in Christ should be the basis for what we do 3
  8. 8. Messages from the Word• The Word teaches that who we are in Christ should be the basis for what we do • Key is faithfulness in the journey rather than living from one product to the next 3
  9. 9. Messages from the Word• The Word teaches that who we are in Christ should be the basis for what we do • Key is faithfulness in the journey rather than living from one product to the next • Spiritual growth is inside out, not outside in 3
  10. 10. What Is Process Spirituality? 4
  11. 11. What Is Process Spirituality? • Stresses a progressive spiritual formation (process) over a results- based focus (product). 4
  12. 12. What Is Process Spirituality? • Stresses a progressive spiritual formation (process) over a results- based focus (product). • Emphasizes being alive to God’s action in the present. 4
  13. 13. What Is Process Spirituality? • Stresses a progressive spiritual formation (process) over a results- based focus (product). • Emphasizes being alive to God’s action in the present. • Focuses on the journey, not just the destination. 4
  14. 14. What Is Process Spirituality? • Stresses a progressive spiritual formation (process) over a results- based focus (product). • Emphasizes being alive to God’s action in the present. • Focuses on the journey, not just the destination. • Emphasizes growth from the inside out, rather from the outside in. 4
  15. 15. Process Spirituality Overview 5
  16. 16. Process Spirituality Overview1. Process Versus Product 5
  17. 17. Process Spirituality Overview1. Process Versus Product2. Being Versus Doing 5
  18. 18. Process Spirituality Overview1. Process Versus Product2. Being Versus Doing3. Trust, Gratitude and Contentment 5
  19. 19. 1. Process vs. Product
  20. 20. Always Living in the Future 7
  21. 21. Always Living in the Future• Tendency to invest energies in accomplishing future goals 7
  22. 22. Always Living in the Future• Tendency to invest energies in accomplishing future goals• Before accomplishing one goal, we’re already on to the next goal 7
  23. 23. Always Living in the Future• Tendency to invest energies in accomplishing future goals• Before accomplishing one goal, we’re already on to the next goal• Moving from product to product, we’re rarely alive to the present- for decades! 7
  24. 24. Always Living in the Future• Tendency to invest energies in accomplishing future goals• Before accomplishing one goal, we’re already on to the next goal• Moving from product to product, we’re rarely alive to the present- for decades!• Lack of contentment in the present drives our delusion that it will be found in the future 7
  25. 25. The Present Moment 8
  26. 26. The Present Moment Time 8
  27. 27. The Present Moment Time Now 8
  28. 28. The Present Moment Time Now Eternity 8
  29. 29. The Present Moment “To live in the past and future is easy.To live in the present is like threading a needle.” - Walker Percy, “Lancelot” Time Now Eternity 8
  30. 30. The PreciousPresent Moment 9
  31. 31. The Precious Present Moment• Treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment 9
  32. 32. The Precious Present Moment• Treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment• This moment is all I have 9
  33. 33. The Precious Present Moment• Treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment• This moment is all I have• Take nothing for granted; savor the blessings and joys of this moment 9
  34. 34. The Precious Present Moment• Treasure the passing opportunities of this life and become more alive to the present moment• This moment is all I have• Take nothing for granted; savor the blessings and joys of this moment• Be aware of God’s loving initiatives - in this moment 9
  35. 35. “Be careful then how you conduct yourselves: like sensible men, not like simpletons.
  36. 36. “Be careful then how you conduct yourselves: like sensible men, not like simpletons. Use the present opportunity to the full, for these are evil days…” (Eph. 5:15-17)
  37. 37. Practice Staying in the Present 11
  38. 38. Practice Staying in the Present“Our greatest business in life is not tosee what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” - Thomas Carlyle 11
  39. 39. Practice Staying in the Present“Our greatest business in life is not tosee what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” - Thomas Carlyle “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt any situation you believe to be the will of God.” - Jim Elliott 11
  40. 40. A Step-by-Step Journey
  41. 41. A Step-by-Step Journey• Life is a journey
  42. 42. A Step-by-Step Journey• Life is a journey• We are headed home
  43. 43. A Step-by-Step Journey• Life is a journey• We are headed home• Cannot be attained by a combination of technique and information
  44. 44. A Step-by-Step Journey• Life is a journey• We are headed home• Cannot be attained by a combination of technique and information• We must move into unknown territory
  45. 45. A Step-by-Step Journey• Life is a journey• We are headed home• Cannot be attained by a combination of technique and information• We must move into unknown territory • Learn to count on His guidance, grace, and presence
  46. 46. Spiritual Formation is a Lifelong Process
  47. 47. Spiritual Formation is a Lifelong Process• Spiritual formation is working out what God has already worked in us (Phil. 2:12-13)
  48. 48. Spiritual Formation is a Lifelong Process• Spiritual formation is working out what God has already worked in us (Phil. 2:12-13)• We stumble in many ways because we are still in process
  49. 49. Spiritual Formation is a Lifelong Process• Spiritual formation is working out what God has already worked in us (Phil. 2:12-13)• We stumble in many ways because we are still in processSanctification is both an event and aprocess
  50. 50. Spiritual Formation is a Lifelong Process• Spiritual formation is working out what God has already worked in us (Phil. 2:12-13)• We stumble in many ways because we are still in processSanctification is both an event and aprocessSpiritual formation is gradual: years ofmaking small choices in favor of God’s will
  51. 51. What Spiritual Growth… 14
  52. 52. What Spiritual Growth… 14
  53. 53. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  54. 54. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  55. 55. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  56. 56. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  57. 57. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  58. 58. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  59. 59. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  60. 60. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  61. 61. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  62. 62. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  63. 63. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  64. 64. What Spiritual Growth… IS NOT: IS: Event ProcessExternal Conformity Internal Heart Change Experience Mundane Formula No Single Formula Technique No Single Technique Instantaneous Gradual Standardized Individualized Uniform Uneven Measurable Immeasurable Controllable Uncontrollable Passive Active 14
  65. 65. 15
  66. 66. Spiritual growth is a step-by-step, 15
  67. 67. Spiritual growth is a step-by-step, moment-by-moment, 15
  68. 68. Spiritual growth is a step-by-step, moment-by-moment, choice-by-choice, 15
  69. 69. Spiritual growth is a step-by-step, moment-by-moment, choice-by-choice, day-by-day, 15
  70. 70. Spiritual growth is a step-by-step, moment-by-moment, choice-by-choice, day-by-day,PROCESS 15
  71. 71. Spiritual growth is a step-by-step, moment-by-moment, choice-by-choice, day-by-day,PROCESS of responding to God’s constant loving initiatives... 15
  72. 72. Spiritual growth is a step-by-step, moment-by-moment, choice-by-choice, day-by-day,PROCESS of responding to God’s constant loving initiatives...mostly in the mundane, trivial details of life. 15
  73. 73. The Dynamic of the Spiritual Life 16
  74. 74. The Dynamic of the Spiritual Life “But now Faith 16
  75. 75. The Dynamic of the Spiritual Life “But now Faith Hope 16
  76. 76. The Dynamic of the Spiritual Life Love “But now Faith Hope 16
  77. 77. The Dynamic of the Spiritual Life Love abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” - 1 Cor. 13:13 “But now Faith Hope 16
  78. 78. 17
  79. 79. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  80. 80. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  81. 81. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  82. 82. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  83. 83. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  84. 84. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  85. 85. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  86. 86. Faith Love HopeAppropriated in the Active in the Anticipating the PAST PRESENT FUTUREForgiveness & Grace Love and community Purpose and Hope Salvation Sanctification Glorification Positional Progressive Ultimate Significance Satisfaction Security Hindsight Insight Foresight History Our story His story 17
  87. 87. 2. Being vs. Doing
  88. 88. TheChristian Life
  89. 89. TheChristian Life Loving God Completely
  90. 90. TheChristian Life Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly
  91. 91. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly
  92. 92. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly
  93. 93. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly
  94. 94. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly
  95. 95. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly Being
  96. 96. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly Being Knowing
  97. 97. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Doing Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly Being Knowing
  98. 98. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Doing Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly Being Knowing (Heart)
  99. 99. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Doing Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly Being Knowing (Heart) (Head)
  100. 100. TheChristian Life Loving Others Compassionately Doing (Hands) Loving God Loving Ourselves Completely Correctly Being Knowing (Heart) (Head)
  101. 101. Being Versus Doing 20
  102. 102. Being Versus Doing1. The Problem of Busyness 20
  103. 103. Being Versus Doing1. The Problem of Busyness2. Causes Versus Christ 20
  104. 104. Being Versus Doing1. The Problem of Busyness2. Causes Versus Christ3. Intimacy Versus Activity 20
  105. 105. Being Versus Doing1. The Problem of Busyness2. Causes Versus Christ3. Intimacy Versus Activity4. Practicing His Presence 20
  106. 106. The Problem of Busyness 21
  107. 107. The Problem of Busyness• Modern dilemma of busyness elevates doing over being 21
  108. 108. The Problem of Busyness• Modern dilemma of busyness elevates doing over being• Future-oriented culture 21
  109. 109. The Problem of Busyness• Modern dilemma of busyness elevates doing over being• Future-oriented culture• Time used for results, not relationships 21
  110. 110. The Problem of Busyness• Modern dilemma of busyness elevates doing over being• Future-oriented culture• Time used for results, not relationships• America worships the god of progress 21
  111. 111. The Problem of Busyness• Modern dilemma of busyness elevates doing over being• Future-oriented culture• Time used for results, not relationships• America worships the god of progress • Compete, achieve, win 21
  112. 112. Life in the Fast Lane 22
  113. 113. Life in the Fast Lane• Blowing and Going! 22
  114. 114. Life in the Fast Lane• Blowing and Going!• Slamming and Jamming! 22
  115. 115. Life in the Fast Lane• Blowing and Going!• Slamming and Jamming!• Running and Gunning! 22
  116. 116. Life in the Fast Lane• Blowing and Going!• Slamming and Jamming!• Running and Gunning! “We are warned not to waste time, but we are brought up to waste our lives.” - Eric Hoffer 22
  117. 117. 23
  118. 118. “Most middle-class Americans tend 23
  119. 119. “Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, 23
  120. 120. “Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and 23
  121. 121. “Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship.” - Gordon Dahl 23
  122. 122. Combating Busyness 24
  123. 123. Combating Busyness• Develop a clear sense of your mission so you can say “No” to the good and “Yes” to the best 24
  124. 124. Combating Busyness• Develop a clear sense of your mission so you can say “No” to the good and “Yes” to the best• Know your personal limits to budget adequate time to restore your inner resources 24
  125. 125. Combating Busyness• Develop a clear sense of your mission so you can say “No” to the good and “Yes” to the best• Know your personal limits to budget adequate time to restore your inner resources• Free yourself from bondage of opinions, agendas, and expectations of others 24
  126. 126. Combating Busyness 25
  127. 127. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: 25
  128. 128. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: – Rest and Work 25
  129. 129. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: • Rest and Work – Recharging and Discharging 26
  130. 130. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: • Rest and Work • Recharging and Discharging – Depth and Breadth 27
  131. 131. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: • Rest and Work • Recharging and Discharging • Depth and Breadth – Inward and Outward 28
  132. 132. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: • Rest and Work • Recharging and Discharging • Depth and Breadth • Inward and Outward – Reflection and Practice 29
  133. 133. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: • Rest and Work • Recharging and Discharging • Depth and Breadth • Inward and Outward • Reflection and Practice – Thinking and Application 30
  134. 134. Combating Busyness• Seek a balance between: • Rest and Work • Recharging and Discharging • Depth and Breadth • Inward and Outward • Reflection and Practice • Thinking and Application – Contentment and Accomplishment 31
  135. 135. Combating Busyness Tips 32
  136. 136. Combating Busyness Tips• Reduce commitments to excel in a few things 32
  137. 137. Combating Busyness Tips• Reduce commitments to excel in a few things• Rest requires faith! 32
  138. 138. Combating Busyness Tips• Reduce commitments to excel in a few things• Rest requires faith!• Don’t allow diversions and distractions to prevent honest self- examination before God 32
  139. 139. Combating Busyness Tips 33
  140. 140. Combating Busyness Tips • Live and savor the present moment 33
  141. 141. Combating Busyness Tips • Live and savor the present moment • Manage time loosely to enhance relationships 33
  142. 142. Combating Busyness Tips • Live and savor the present moment • Manage time loosely to enhance relationships • Budget time in advance for the important, not the urgent 33
  143. 143. Being Versus Doing1. The Problem of Busyness2. Causes Versus Christ3. Intimacy Versus Activity4. Practicing His Presence 34
  144. 144. Causes Versus Christ 35
  145. 145. Causes Versus Christ• The world drives people to find security, significance and satisfaction in wrong places. 35
  146. 146. Causes Versus Christ• The world drives people to find security, significance and satisfaction in wrong places.• Many Christians have baptized the world’s values with a spiritual veneer. 35
  147. 147. Causes Versus Christ• The world drives people to find security, significance and satisfaction in wrong places.• Many Christians have baptized the world’s values with a spiritual veneer. • Encourages setting hearts on things that actually distance them from Christ. 35
  148. 148. Causes Versus Christ 36
  149. 149. Causes Versus Christ• Meaning is not found in a quest for self, but in a calling to know God. 36
  150. 150. Causes Versus Christ• Meaning is not found in a quest for self, but in a calling to know God.• Intimacy with Christ leads to holiness, but attempts to be holy do not necessarily lead to intimacy. 36
  151. 151. Specific Causes Versus Christ 37
  152. 152. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education 37
  153. 153. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics 37
  154. 154. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics • Social Action 37
  155. 155. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics • Social Action • Environmental Action 37
  156. 156. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics • Social Action • Environmental Action • Rearing godly kids 37
  157. 157. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics • Building a company for Christ • Social Action • Environmental Action • Rearing godly kids 37
  158. 158. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics • Building a company for Christ • Social Action • Evangelism • Environmental Action • Rearing godly kids 37
  159. 159. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics • Building a company for Christ • Social Action • Evangelism • Environmental • Discipleship Action • Rearing godly kids 37
  160. 160. Specific Causes Versus Christ • Education • Politics • Building a company for Christ • Social Action • Evangelism • Environmental • Discipleship Action • Rearing godly kids • Learning Scripture 37
  161. 161. Even worthy causes will not sustain growthin our interior life
  162. 162. Even worthy causes will not sustain growthin our interior life if we are not constantly cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus.
  163. 163. Chambers on Causes vs. Christ 39
  164. 164. Chambers on Causes vs. Christ ““If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only,I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; 39
  165. 165. Chambers on Causes vs. Christ ““If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately,I can serve humanity though men treat me as a door mat.” 39
  166. 166. Chambers on Causes vs. Christ 40
  167. 167. Chambers on Causes vs. Christ “The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him… 40
  168. 168. Chambers on Causes vs. Christ “The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him…We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him… 40
  169. 169. Chambers on Causes vs. Christ “The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him…We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him…The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him.” - Oswald Chambers 40
  170. 170. Being Versus Doing1. The Problem of Busyness2. Causes Versus Christ3. Intimacy Versus Activity4. Practicing His Presence 41
  171. 171. Intimacy Versus Activity 42
  172. 172. Intimacy Versus Activity• Must not confuse “spiritual” activity with intimacy with Jesus. 42
  173. 173. Intimacy Versus Activity• Must not confuse “spiritual” activity with intimacy with Jesus.• Actions and service alone do not lead to intimacy with Jesus. 42
  174. 174. Intimacy Versus Activity• Must not confuse “spiritual” activity with intimacy with Jesus.• Actions and service alone do not lead to intimacy with Jesus.• What we do should flow from what we are, not the other way around. 42
  175. 175. Intimacy Versus Activity• Must not confuse “spiritual” activity with intimacy with Jesus.• Actions and service alone do not lead to intimacy with Jesus.• What we do should flow from what we are, not the other way around. • Otherwise worth and identity are determined by achievements and accomplishments. 42
  176. 176. Intimacy Versus Activity 43
  177. 177. Intimacy Versus Activity• Requires a rhythm of: 43
  178. 178. Intimacy Versus Activity• Requires a rhythm of: • Solitude and engagement 43
  179. 179. Intimacy Versus Activity• Requires a rhythm of: • Solitude and engagement • Restoration and application 44
  180. 180. Intimacy Versus Activity• Requires a rhythm of: • Solitude and engagement • Restoration and application • Intimacy with Christ and activity in the world 45
  181. 181. The Common Mistake
  182. 182. The Common Mistake• Supposing that actions and service to Jesus will lead to intimacy with Jesus
  183. 183. The Common Mistake• Supposing that actions and service to Jesus will lead to intimacy with Jesus• Instead of ministry flowing out of our relationship with God, many people suppose that ministry will sustain their relationship with God
  184. 184. The Common Mistake• Supposing that actions and service to Jesus will lead to intimacy with Jesus• Instead of ministry flowing out of our relationship with God, many people suppose that ministry will sustain their relationship with God • Error: Doing = Being
  185. 185. The Common Mistake• Supposing that actions and service to Jesus will lead to intimacy with Jesus• Instead of ministry flowing out of our relationship with God, many people suppose that ministry will sustain their relationship with God • Error: Doing = Being• Perfectionism and legalism often fuel this erroneous thinking
  186. 186. Intimacy with Jesus Occurs: 47
  187. 187. Intimacy with Jesus Occurs: Inside Out 47
  188. 188. Intimacy with Jesus Occurs: Inside Out Outside In 47
  189. 189. Energizes
  190. 190. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  191. 191. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  192. 192. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  193. 193. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  194. 194. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  195. 195. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  196. 196. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  197. 197. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  198. 198. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  199. 199. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  200. 200. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  201. 201. BEING DOING Intimacy with Christ Activity in the world Solitude Engagement Abiding Serving Interior Exterior Relational calling Dominion calling Calling Character Energizes Invisible Visible Real life Reflected lifeRestoration of spiritual Application of spiritual energy energy Perspective Practice Rest Work
  202. 202. Being Versus Doing1. The Problem of Busyness2. Causes Versus Christ3. Intimacy Versus Activity4. Practicing His Presence 49
  203. 203. Practicing His Presence: Scriptural Principles 50
  204. 204. Practicing His Presence: Scriptural Principles• Abide in Jesus and let His words abide in you (Jn.15:4-7) 50
  205. 205. Practicing His Presence: Scriptural Principles• Abide in Jesus and let His words abide in you (Jn.15:4-7)• Set your mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom.8:5-6) 50
  206. 206. Practicing His Presence: Scriptural Principles• Abide in Jesus and let His words abide in you (Jn.15:4-7)• Set your mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom.8:5-6)• Walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25) 50
  207. 207. Practicing His Presence: Scriptures 51
  208. 208. Practicing His Presence: Scriptures• Keep seeking the things above where Christ is (Col. 3:1-2) 51
  209. 209. Practicing His Presence: Scriptures• Keep seeking the things above where Christ is (Col. 3:1-2)• Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks (1Thess. 5:16-18) 51
  210. 210. Practicing His Presence: Scriptures• Keep seeking the things above where Christ is (Col. 3:1-2)• Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks (1Thess. 5:16-18)• Run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus (Heb.12:1-2) 51
  211. 211. Practicing His Presence Tips 52
  212. 212. Practicing His Presence Tips • Use flash prayers 52
  213. 213. Practicing His Presence Tips • Use flash prayers • Use short prayers 52
  214. 214. Practicing His Presence Tips • Use flash prayers • Use short prayers • Pray and work 52
  215. 215. Practicing His Presence Tips • Use flash prayers • Use short prayers • Pray and work • Play to an Audience of One 52
  216. 216. Practicing His Presence Tips • Use flash prayers • Use short prayers • Pray and work • Play to an Audience of One • Pray for strangers 52
  217. 217. Practicing His Presence Tips 53
  218. 218. Practicing His Presence Tips• Develop an eye for God’s beauty 53
  219. 219. Practicing His Presence Tips• Develop an eye for God’s beauty• Turn pleasure into sources of adoration 53
  220. 220. Practicing His Presence Tips• Develop an eye for God’s beauty• Turn pleasure into sources of adoration• See every person and circumstance today as gifts of God 53
  221. 221. Practicing His Presence Tips• Develop an eye for God’s beauty• Turn pleasure into sources of adoration• See every person and circumstance today as gifts of God• Relish the present moment 53
  222. 222. The Beauty of God
  223. 223. 3. Trust, Gratitude, and Contentment
  224. 224. Trust, Gratitude, and Contentment 1. Letting Loose of Control and Results 2. Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude 3. The Secret of Contentment 56
  225. 225. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality 57
  226. 226. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality• Craving to control our environment 57
  227. 227. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality• Craving to control our environment• Desire to determine results of our endeavors 57
  228. 228. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality• Craving to control our environment• Desire to determine results of our endeavors• Natural inclination to be: 57
  229. 229. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality• Craving to control our environment• Desire to determine results of our endeavors• Natural inclination to be: • Manipulators 57
  230. 230. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality• Craving to control our environment• Desire to determine results of our endeavors• Natural inclination to be: • Manipulators • Grabbers 57
  231. 231. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality• Craving to control our environment• Desire to determine results of our endeavors• Natural inclination to be: • Manipulators • Grabbers • Owners 57
  232. 232. Control: A Great Enemy of Process Spirituality• Craving to control our environment• Desire to determine results of our endeavors• Natural inclination to be: • Manipulators • Grabbers • Owners • Controllers 57
  233. 233. Faithfulness to the Process but Trusting God for the Results 58
  234. 234. Faithfulness to the Process but Trusting God for the ResultsOPPORTUNITY OBEDIENCE OUTCOME “…even as the Lord gave “I planted, Apollos “…but God was causing theopportunity to each” 1Co.3:5 watered…” 1Co.3:6 growth” 1Co.3:6,7 Divine Human Divine Sovereignty Responsibility Sovereignty God Me God Process Process Product 58
  235. 235. Faithfulness to the Process but Trusting God for the ResultsOPPORTUNITY OBEDIENCE OUTCOME “…even as the Lord gave “I planted, Apollos “…but God was causing theopportunity to each” 1Co.3:5 watered…” 1Co.3:6 growth” 1Co.3:6,7 Divine Human Divine Sovereignty Responsibility Sovereignty God Me God Process Process Product 58
  236. 236. Faithfulness to the Process but Trusting God for the ResultsOPPORTUNITY OBEDIENCE OUTCOME “…even as the Lord gave “I planted, Apollos “…but God was causing theopportunity to each” 1Co.3:5 watered…” 1Co.3:6 growth” 1Co.3:6,7 Divine Human Divine Sovereignty Responsibility Sovereignty God Me God Process Process Product 58
  237. 237. Faithfulness to the Process but Trusting God for the ResultsOPPORTUNITY OBEDIENCE OUTCOME “…even as the Lord gave “I planted, Apollos “…but God was causing theopportunity to each” 1Co.3:5 watered…” 1Co.3:6 growth” 1Co.3:6,7 Divine Human Divine Sovereignty Responsibility Sovereignty God Me God Process Process Product 58
  238. 238. Faithfulness to the Process but Trusting God for the ResultsOPPORTUNITY OBEDIENCE OUTCOME “…even as the Lord gave “I planted, Apollos “…but God was causing theopportunity to each” 1Co.3:5 watered…” 1Co.3:6 growth” 1Co.3:6,7 Divine Human Divine Sovereignty Responsibility Sovereignty God Me God Process Process Product 58
  239. 239. Keys for Letting Loose
  240. 240. Keys for Letting Loose• Receive each day and whatever it brings as from the hand of God
  241. 241. Keys for Letting Loose• Receive each day and whatever it brings as from the hand of God • God is good and has our best interest at heart (Rom. 8:28)
  242. 242. Keys for Letting Loose• Receive each day and whatever it brings as from the hand of God • God is good and has our best interest at heart (Rom. 8:28)• Ask God to use circumstances to change us rather than asking Him to change circumstances to suit us
  243. 243. Keys for Letting Loose• Receive each day and whatever it brings as from the hand of God • God is good and has our best interest at heart (Rom. 8:28)• Ask God to use circumstances to change us rather than asking Him to change circumstances to suit us• Realize it is impossible to count, measure, or control the spiritual life
  244. 244. Trust, Gratitude, and Contentment 1. Letting Loose of Control and Results 2. Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude 3. The Secret of Contentment 60
  245. 245. Gratitude 61
  246. 246. Gratitude“If he is not stupid, he is monstrously ungrateful! Phenomenally ungrateful. 61
  247. 247. Gratitude“If he is not stupid, he is monstrously ungrateful! Phenomenally ungrateful.In fact, I believe that the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.”- Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Notes from Underground” 61
  248. 248. Gratitude 62
  249. 249. Gratitude• Forgetfulness always leads to ingratitude. 62
  250. 250. Gratitude• Forgetfulness always leads to ingratitude.• Gratitude is a choice, not merely a feeling. 62
  251. 251. Gratitude• Forgetfulness always leads to ingratitude.• Gratitude is a choice, not merely a feeling.• We cannot give thanks and complain at the same time. 62
  252. 252. Gratitude• Forgetfulness always leads to ingratitude.• Gratitude is a choice, not merely a feeling.• We cannot give thanks and complain at the same time.• View gratitude and remembering as a discipline--daily and intentionally. 62
  253. 253. “As they had their pasture, they becamesatisfied, and being satisfied, their heart became proud; therefore they forgot Me.” Hosea 13:6
  254. 254. Extremes in Forgetting God’s Goodness 64
  255. 255. Extremes in Forgetting God’s GoodnessPresumption 64
  256. 256. Extremes in Forgetting God’s GoodnessPresumption Resentment, Bitterness 64
  257. 257. Daily Exercise of Remembering: 65
  258. 258. Daily Exercise of Remembering: • God’s Deliverance in the Past 65
  259. 259. Daily Exercise of Remembering: • God’s Deliverance in the Past • God’s Benefits in the Present 65
  260. 260. Daily Exercise of Remembering: • God’s Deliverance in the Past • God’s Benefits in the Present • God’s Promises in the Future 65
  261. 261. Daily Exercise of Remembering: • God’s Deliverance in the Past • God’s Benefits in the Present • God’s Promises in the Future“Every gift I acknowledge reveals another and anotheruntil, finally, even the most normal, obvious, seemingly mundane event or encounter proves to be filled with grace.” - Henri Nouwen 65
  262. 262. Trust, Gratitude, and Contentment 1. Letting Loose of Control and Results 2. Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude 3. The secret of Contentment 66
  263. 263. Dissatisfaction 67
  264. 264. Dissatisfaction• Most live in the future rather than in the present. 67
  265. 265. Dissatisfaction• Most live in the future rather than in the present.• “In the days ahead, we’ll make up for our present lack.” 67
  266. 266. Dissatisfaction• Most live in the future rather than in the present.• “In the days ahead, we’ll make up for our present lack.”• We don’t know what we want; we’re just sure we don’t have it now! 67
  267. 267. Dissatisfaction• Most live in the future rather than in the present.• “In the days ahead, we’ll make up for our present lack.”• We don’t know what we want; we’re just sure we don’t have it now!• If we’re not satisfied with what we have, we will never be satisfied with what we want. 67
  268. 268. Contentment
  269. 269. Contentment• Often a direct ratio between a society’s affluence and its discontentment
  270. 270. Contentment• Often a direct ratio between a society’s affluence and its discontentment • The more they have, the more discontent they are
  271. 271. Contentment• Often a direct ratio between a society’s affluence and its discontentment • The more they have, the more discontent they are • “Have-nots” are envious; “Haves” are not satisfied
  272. 272. Contentment• Often a direct ratio between a society’s affluence and its discontentment • The more they have, the more discontent they are • “Have-nots” are envious; “Haves” are not satisfied• Affluence tends to breed boredom and ingratitude, then a quest for autonomy
  273. 273. The Secret of Contentment 69
  274. 274. The Secret of Contentment• Not found in having everything but in being satisfied with everything we have 69
  275. 275. The Secret of Contentment• Not found in having everything but in being satisfied with everything we have• Contentment should be grounded not in how much we have, but in the One who has us 69
  276. 276. The Secret of Contentment• Not found in having everything but in being satisfied with everything we have• Contentment should be grounded not in how much we have, but in the One who has us• Requires an act of our will to put limits on our appetites 69
  277. 277. The Secret of Contentment• Not found in having everything but in being satisfied with everything we have• Contentment should be grounded not in how much we have, but in the One who has us• Requires an act of our will to put limits on our appetites• Choose to be satisfied with whatever we have now; this is God’s provision for us 69
  278. 278. “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
  279. 279. “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to getalong with humble means, and I also knowhow to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both ofhaving abundance and suffering need.” Phil. 4:11-12
  280. 280. “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to getIalong with humble along with humble means, and I know how to get means, and I also know how to also in prosperity; live in prosperity; live know how to in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Phil. 4:11-12
  281. 281. “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to getalong with humble means, and I also knowhow to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both ofhaving abundance and suffering need.” Phil. 4:11-12
  282. 282. in “I have learned circumstance Iin whatever the any and every to be content have learnedsecretcircumstances Iand going hungry,to get of having of being filled am. I know how both abundance and suffering need.” Phil. 4:11-12 along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Phil. 4:11-12
  283. 283. Who Determines the Content of Your Life? 73
  284. 284. Who Determines the Content of Your Life? 73
  285. 285. Who Determines the Content of Your Life? SELF CHRIST Comparison Contentment Covetousness Competency Competition Compassion Compromise Character 73
  286. 286. Who Determines the Content of Your Life? SELF CHRIST Comparison Contentment Covetousness Competency Competition Compassion Compromise Character 73
  287. 287. In Learning to Be Content, We Become: 74
  288. 288. In Learning to Be Content, We Become: • Less impressed by numbers 74
  289. 289. In Learning to Be Content, We Become: • Less impressed by numbers • Less driven to achieve 74
  290. 290. In Learning to Be Content, We Become: • Less impressed by numbers • Less driven to achieve • More alive to the grace of the present moment 74
  291. 291. The End 75
  292. 292. Reflections Ministries Resources 76
  293. 293. Reflections Ministries Resources Reflections - A free monthly teaching letter 76
  294. 294. Reflections Ministries Resources Reflections - A free monthly teaching letter 76
  295. 295. Reflections Ministries Resources Reflections - A free monthly teaching letter 76
  296. 296. Reflections Ministries Resources Reflections - A free monthly teaching letter KenBoa.org website - Daily Growth email and free text and audio resources 76
  297. 297. DVD Series 77
  298. 298. DVD Series - Audio/visual presentations of crucial topics 77
  299. 299. DVD Series - Audio/visual presentations of crucial topics - $20 each 77
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