Monday, November 19, 2007

Living Spirituality Study Guide - Chapter 9

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 9 – Living Spirituality in the Already and Not Yet

*  Have you experienced either of the extremes of the already/not yet thinking in your church context? In what ways did it manifest itself?

*  We’ve used the example of the body from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians as an example of a narrow focus on the ‘already’. Can you think of some other false dichotomies that this focus could cause?

*  Does Cindy’s story resonate with you? What are some appropriate expectations for the Christian life in the already?

*  Can you think of some practical ways in which the truth of the kingdom of God being a present reality in our lives can impact the way we worship God, look at the world, view ourselves, etc? (See p. 77)


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

--Romans 15:13


Suggested Map Reading:

1 Corinthians

For Further Study:

The Presence of the Future, G. E. Ladd

Theology of Hope, J. Moltmann