Dynamics of Christian Spirituality - Lesson 6

The Healing of Our Wounds

God’s saving plan is to change us into persons who are both holy and whole.

Glen Scorgie
Dynamics of Christian Spirituality
Lesson 6
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The Healing of Our Wounds

The Healing of Our Wounds

A. Review and Introduction

B. The wounding effects of sin

C. The chief sources of our wounds

1. Our own sinful behaviors

2. The sinful behaviors of others

3. The realities of a fallen and dangerous world

D. The shape of our wounds

1. Bondages

2. Fears

3. Self-loathing

4. Inability to forgive

E. The God who heals: 'I am the Lord, who heals you.' (Exodus 15:26, Psalm 103:2-3)

F. God's grace as mending glue: The substantial healing of the total person (already but "not yet," Rev. 22:2)

G. Physical healing (James 5:16) and inner healing (Psalm 147:3)

H. Proven means of healing: The word, meditation and prayer, counselors, community and service

I. Wounded healers: Paul's "thorn" (2 Cor. 12:7-10), "weakness" (2 Cor. 4:7-12) and imperfection (Phil. 3:12-14)

J. Some helpful guides: Antony of Egypt (251-356), Henry Nouwen and David Benner

K. Summary: God’s saving plan is to change us into persons who are both holy and whole. We have continued our survey of the transformational dynamic by exploring the movement of the Spirit toward wholeness. The consequences of sin—whether ours or someone else’s, it makes no difference—are painful and damaging. But God is the Great Physician. Out of compassion for us in our suffering, and by his Spirit, he has initiated a healing and restorative ministry in the world. It is substantial, though never complete, and it encompasses both our physical needs and our inner wounds. The encouraging news is that each of us can serve Christ as wounded healers of others.

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  • The modern way of life has left the human spirit unsatisfied. Though organized religion has been found deficient, real Spirit-uality remains God’s gracious provision for the soul-hunger of every age. We have introduced a framework for understanding such spirituality – one that highlights its three essential dynamics.

  • It is within the narrative of scripture that we continue to live and move. We are interested in the quality of spirituality that characterized the countless saints who have pursued God down through the centuries. Their legacy is not infallible, but it is instructive and potentially very helpful.

  • We were created for community, but our sin has produced alienation. By his Spirit, Christ is restoring our intimacy with God and others.

  • The first dynamic of Christian spirituality is relational— friendship with God and the experience of community.

  • We have become image-bearers who sin, and worse than that, we carry about in us a disposition to sin. The gospel is the good news that our sinful thoughts and actions can be forgiven through the atoning work of Christ. God’s Spirit, who now resides in us, is also fixing the polluted source of ours sins.

  • God’s saving plan is to change us into persons who are both holy and whole.

  • The Christian life involves connecting, becoming and doing. We discover meaning in life by aligning ourselves with God’s call to steward creation, evangelize the nations, and build his kingdom.

  • The ability to discern our personal vocation in life is important. What we do with our lives is an essential element of true spirituality.

  • Each of us should seek to live a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled life characterized all three dynamics of Christian spirituality: relational, transformational and vocational. We should conscientiously incorporate all three into our prayer lives as well.

  • Grace is not opposed to effort, but to earning (Dallas Willard). We are as spiritual as we want to be (A. W. Tozer).

  • The journey of our pursuit of God that we are on has joyful experiences as well as challenges in store. Pursue God, value relationships and live life with an attitude of expectancy and joy.

If you are familiar with the author's A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality: Three Dimensions of Life with God, you will have a good idea of what is in this course.

The course is designed for those who are at the beginning stages of the spiritual journey. It talks about the dynamics of spiritual growth, how to grow to be more like Christ. (10:50)


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