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cs 501 houston graduate school of theology
CS 501

Houston Graduate School of Theology

Introduction to Christian Spirituality, Part 2

task of spiritual theology
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).

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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
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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 should a disciple
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.
the one anothers
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
More signs of the sacramental community . . .
  • A community of celebration (Phil 4:4)
more signs of the sacramental community1
More signs of the sacramental community . . .
  • Plays
  • A community of celebration (Phil 4:4)
more signs of the sacramental community2
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 community3
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
richard foster
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.

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