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Slide 1:to experience and follow the risen Lord Jesus

Session 1: (last night!), finding your faith A question of experience A question of what you believe is true A question of following Jesus

Slide 2:Experiencing the Spiritual Life

Session 2: finding your way

The ultimate model for finding our way: the Spiritual Life of Jesus Individual

Slide 3:“Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” – Luke 2

Slide 4:Suppose… You park a Honda Civic in a garage designed for a Ferrari. Suppose you park it there every week. After 30 years, what do you have?

Slide 5:Suppose… You park a Honda Civic in a garage designed for a Ferrari. Suppose you park it there every week. After 30 years, what do you have?

Slide 6:Suppose… You park a Honda Civic in a garage designed for a Ferrari. Suppose you park it there every week. After 30 years, what do you have?

Slide 7:Individual Faith: Recognizing that God wants to create order out of chaos Recognizing that God welcomes me into that process Recognizing that only I can take responsibility for my own spiritual development

The Life of Faith “Get Religion” “Born Again” Trusting Following Repentance Conversion Regeneration Discipleship Rule of Life Faith Etc.

Slide 9:Spiritual Disciplines Corporate Worship Daily Office Fasting Meditation Ministry Study Pilgrimage Solitude Spiritual Reading Tithing Etc.!

The Life of Faith “Get Religion” “Born Again” Trusting Following Repentance Conversion Regeneration Discipleship Rule of Life Faith Etc.

Individual Individual Communal The Spiritual Life of Jesus The Holy Trinity:

Slide 12:If God is essentially communal… and we are made in God’s image… then to be fully human necessitates our being in community

Communal

Commissary or Community?

Slide 13:You feel you’re an outsider when you find yourself saying “them,” “you all,” “yours,” and “they” – as in “your parish,” “their priest,” or “they want me to volunteer.”

Commissary or Community?

Slide 14:You know you belong when you find yourself saying “us,” “we,” “my,” “ours,” – as in “our parish,” “my priest” or, especially, “come join with us.”

They

Slide 15:Following the way

The first thing Jesus did after his baptism and fasting… before he started his ministry… was to create two communities for himself The Spiritual Life of Jesus Communal

Communal

Slide 16:The Twelve

The Spiritual Life of Jesus

Communal

Slide 17:Peter, James, John

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. -- John 17 The Spiritual Life of Jesus

Slide 18:Following the way

Self-organized, Collaborative Communities (aka “small groups” ) The Spiritual Life of Jesus Communal

Slide 19:Following the way

The Spiritual Life of Jesus Communal Small groups are God’s method for connecting you into Christian community

The basic unit of a community

Slide 20:Following the way

Modern thinking: individualism Ancient / Postmodern thinking: community Families, Tribes, Clans, Communities

Consider…

Slide 21:Following the way

Which is species is more effective? Which species is more impressive?

I dunno about this Think small…

Slide 22:Following the way

Slide 23:Following the way

Self-organized, Collaborative Communities A I A The Spiritual Life of Jesus Communal

Slide 24:Following the way

Self-organized, Collaborative Communities If Jesus needed community for HIS life, how much more do WE need it? The Spiritual Life of Jesus Communal

Slide 25:The Way of Christianity: the Spiritual Life of Jesus

Communal Individual Institutional

Slide 26:The Way of Christianity: the Spiritual Life of Jesus

Luke 4.16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day Institutional

Institutional Organized Religion Collaborative Leaders Consistency & Continuity Corporate Worship Foster Communities Festival Leadership Development Liturgy Organized Ministry Pass on the Tradition Ritual Celebration Sacrifice Shrine Stimulate Faith Teach the Faith

Slide 28:The Spiritual Life of Jesus

Institutional

Slide 29:The Way of Christianity: the Spiritual Life of Jesus

Individual What happens if a component is missing? Institutional Communal

Those who put all their spiritual eggs in the institutional basket, eventually end up disappointed disillusioned, and spiritually stunted – not because there is something wrong with the institution…

Slide 31:… but because Spiritual Life needs all three

What can St Marks Do to Foster ALL Components?

Disciples are those who “follow the way” by living as baptized Christians in authentic community

Slide 32:Individually, Communally, and Institutionally

Disciples are those who “follow the way” by living as baptized Christians in authentic community

Slide 33:Conscious, intentional followers of Jesus, in authentic community, for the healing of the world.

Slide 34:Questions?

Individual Institutional Communal

Slide 35:lunch!

Friday Finding your Faith Saturday 8:30 AM: Breakfast 9 AM: Session 2 Finding your Way Noon: Lunch 12:20 - 2 PM: Session 3 Anglicanism, Sacraments, Baptism Sunday at Worship: Your official welcome into the St Marks community!

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