Lecture 9: An Integrated Spirituality
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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.
An Integrated Spirituality
A. Review and Introduction
B. The three-dimensional call of Jesus
C. The Holy Spirit actively encourages all three dynamics: And we are to "keep in step" with the Spirit (Gal. 2:25)
D. The three dynamics are vitally interconnected: They are interwoven. Each feeds off the other two, and is essential to life as God intended it to be.
E. The proper balance of prayer and work: "Ora and Lobora" Being aware of evangelical tendencies toward activism
F. An integrated prayer life
G. Accessing the rich resources of historic Christian spirituality: The classic writers and godly voices from the past and present tend to emphasize different dynamics
I. Summary: Each of us should seek to live a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled life characterized all three dynamics of Christian spirituality. These dynamics are linked together, dependent on one another, and equally important to our spiritual health. Christ calls us to experience them, and the Holy Spirit intentionally nurtures them in us. We should conscientiously incorporate all three into our prayer lives as well. Evangelicals especially need to be aware that an undue fixation on the vocational can drift toward functional secularism. The classics of Christian spirituality offer rich resources to be accessed with discernment. By measuring them against this three-dimensional standard, we can appreciate their insights while recognizing possible weaknesses and oversights.
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