Monday, October 1, 2007

Living Spirituality Study Guide - Chapter 2

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 2 – Living Spirituality and the Way Ahead

* How do the three dimensions of living spirituality listed – holistic, interpretative, and interactive - affect the way Christians live in the world? In what ways can you imagine them reversing spiritual impoverishment?

* What do you think of the idea that any spirituality not centered in community with the God of the Bible leads to death?

* What does living spirituality look like to you?

* If you have attended church, take a moment to reflect on your experience. Have you been sufficiently educated and equipped? In what areas? Can you identify areas in which you need to pursue greater knowledge? How did the church help in your spiritual development? What aspects would you affirm and/or critique?

* Authenticity is essential for living spirituality. What does it mean to be ‘real’? Imagine for a moment a few situations that you have found yourself in over the last week. Did you act authentically? How do you decide?


Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

--Psalm 86:11-12


Suggested Map Reading:

Isaiah 40-55

Hebrews 1-6

For Further Study:

The Universe Next Door, J. Sire

Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, E. Peterson