Monday, November 12, 2007

Living Spirituality Study Guide - Chapter 8

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 8 – The Messiah and the Kingdom of God: Redemption Arrives

*  We see in scripture that there were many misconceptions about who Messiah was and what he would do. Can you think any misconceptions that the church or culture currently has about Christ? Are they corrected to some degree, as John was, by Jesus’ response in Matthew 11?

*  We see in Jesus’ life a “reversing [of] the trajectory of the disfiguring of creation.” (p. 66) As we follow him, what are some ways that our lives can mirror this reversal?

*  In looking at the Kingdom of God, we have stated two things it is not: it is not the church and it is not narrow. In keeping with our theological perspective of relation and distinction, what are some ways to evaluate these statements?

*  We see that the Kingdom of God is God’s rule that has both already arrived and is not yet complete. How does this understanding impact your notion of Christian mission in the world?


Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; 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:

Matthew 3-7

John 1

For Further Study:

The Challenge of Jesus, N.T. Wright

The Jesus I Never Knew, P. Yancey