Monday, September 24, 2007

Living Spirituality Chapter 1 - The Landscape

Christian spirituality is both overwhelmingly communal and intensely personal. As you read slowly and carefully through this book, we encourage you to think deeply about the questions and ideas presented. Following are some questions for discussion in a group, personal reflection, or both.

Chapter 1 – The Landscape

As we begin the journey forward into living spirituality, we have identified some components of our cultural landscape. This might also be a good time to consider the landscape of your own spirituality and its cultural influences. From what point are you starting? Some things to consider…

* What images come to mind when you think of spirituality?Christianity?

* What is the definition you use when you use the term spirituality? Christianity? Are they the same?

* What spiritual options are you confronted with most often in your context? Why are they attractive/unattractive?

* Can you identify places where cultural ideas have come into your notion of spirituality? Are they biblical?

* Can you identify areas in your life where feeling rules? Do experiences come to mind where your feelings led you to false conclusions? True conclusions?

* What do you think of when you hear the name Jesus Christ? God? * What is your reaction to the statement that “Jesus Christ is the gateway to living spirituality”?

* On page 7, it is asserted that a spirituality rooted in Christ “explodes” our world. Do you perceive spirituality as limiting or expanding your experience? In what ways?

 

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.                     --The Book of Common Prayer

 

Suggested Map Reading:
Deuteronomy 24:17-18
Romans 12:1-2
Colossians 1:15-20

For Further Study:
Everyday Theology, K.J. Vanhoozer
God & Culture, D.A. Carson
Seeing Through Cynicism, D. Keyes

3 comments:

Beyond Words said...

Thank you for posting this. I'm looking forward to participating!

Susan said...

I read chapter 1 and found it very interesting. I never did get a copy from Destinee Media even though I sent them my address. I guess the postage must have been a bit much.

Greg said...

Susan,
I have someone looking into this, but if you send your address again to Destinee, we'll make sure you get a copy.