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CS 501

Houston Graduate School of Theology

Introduction to Christian Spirituality, Part 2


Faith Lessons


Task of spiritual theology

To describe and analyze the nature and effects of the gospel story, not just as facts, but how the facts impinge on the person whose relationship with God has been fundamentally changed by the story (Chan, 78).


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


Some theological terms


The Downward Pull of Sin


The Upward Journey of the Kingdom – The Realm of Salvation

The Already/Not Yet Principle


  • Acts 16:16-34 – “saved”

    • God saved (rescued, delivered) Paul and Silas and the prisoners

    • The jailer was saved (rescued, delivered) from sure death

    • Paul announced kingdom salvation (rescue, deliverance) to the jailer and then spoke to him and his household the word of the Lord


  • 1 Peter 1:3-9 – defining the realm

    • New birth

    • Inheritance: imperishable, undefiled, unfading, kept in heaven for you

    • To be revealed

    • The outcome of faith

  • Therefore . . . live holy lives through obedience, since you have been born anew by the word of God


How do these theological understandings . . .


How do these theological understandings . . .


How do these theological understandings . . .


What is the Christian story primarily?


What is the Christian story primarily?


What is the Christian story primarily?


Ultimately, is the aim of loving God…


Ultimately, is the aim of loving God…


Ultimately, is the aim of loving God…


Is the purpose of Christian spirituality…


Is the purpose of Christian spirituality…


What happens when . . .


What happens when . . .


What happens when . . .


What happens when . . .


How should a disciple . . .

  • Pray?

  • We pray as members of the body of Christ.

  • Enjoy spiritual fellowship?

  • By not making it too spiritual!

    • A community that exists for purely spiritual ends is in great danger of letting unspiritual, carnal elements develop (111).

    • A Christian community recognizes the ordinary fellowships of everyday life in Christ.


Signs of a sacramental community


Signs of a sacramental community


Signs of a sacramental community


Signs of a sacramental community


The one anothers

  • What is the purpose of the one anothers?

  • How long does it take to actually develop the practice of the one anothers?


More signs of the sacramental community . . .

  • A community of celebration (Phil 4:4)


More signs of the sacramental community . . .

  • Plays

  • A community of celebration (Phil 4:4)


More signs of the sacramental community . . .

  • Plays

  • A community of celebration (Phil 4:4)

  • Worships

    • Sings

    • Prays

    • Reads Scripture and listens to Scripture


More signs of the sacramental community . . .

  • “Partys” - Christians should be a party waiting to happen—Tony Campolo

  • Plays

  • A community of celebration (Phil 4:4)

  • Worships

    • Sings

    • Prays

    • Reads Scripture and listens to Scripture


More signs of the sacramental community . . .


More signs of the sacramental community . . .


More signs of the sacramental community . . .


More signs of the sacramental community . . .


Richard Foster

We must seek out the recreating stillness of solitude if we want to be with others meaningfully. We must seek the fellowship and accountability of others if we want to be alone safely. We must cultivate both if we are to live in obedience.


Conclusions


Conclusions


Conclusions


Summary


Summary


Summary


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