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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T01 - Grace Gone Wild
Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T01 - Grace Gone Wild
"Spiritual formation is a
to the image of Christ
for the sake of others
. " (Mulholland, 16-17)
essence: it's not an event nor is it
instant; takes time
goal: to become more like Christ
reason: others should benefit
when I spiritually mature
In groups of 3-4 students think about 1 Tim 4:7,
... train yourself for godliness
What may be included in a such a
Which image describes best your spiritual life at the moment?
- one size fits all
Dangers in Spiritual Formation
- search for quick fix of my problems
- technique for controlling
my relationship with God
- wrong attitude ("I can do it")
- How is it possible to find Jesus more
enjoyable than what the world offers?
shows that Jesus is more glorious than anyone else
Ezekiel 36:27 (ESV), And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
God’s work does not make our work unnecessary; it makes it possible. (Mathis)
- rivers of living water will flow out of their innermost being
- all thirsty people are invited to come to Jesus and drink
- John 7:37-39
John 7:37-39 (ESV), On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Purpose of this class
- enjoying Jesus
Grace is an undeserved gift from an unobligated Giver.
God himself causes what he commands. (Mathis)
- spiritual: caused and shaped by God's Spirit
- keep coming to Jesus (spiritual disciplines)
- The means of grace (spiritual disciplines) are
earning God’s favor or manipulating the grace of God.
Grace Gone Wild
Draw two circles. Title one circle “My Actions and Efforts.” Title the other circle “God's Grace.” Use symbols or lines, or whatever you would like, to show the relationship between the two circles.
- through Jesus, we are counted among “those who receive the
abundance of grace" (Rom. 5:17)
Principles of Ongoing Grace
hearing God’s voice (his word)
having God's ear (prayer)
belonging to God's people (fellowship)
God's regular channels of grace
Even the most mature among us have only begun to taste the grace of God. (Mathis)
- we can’t make the favor of God flow, but he has given us
circuits to connect
Put Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace
Think of the Spiritual Disciplines as ways we can place ourselves in the path of God’s grace and seek him. (Whitney)
Read Luke 18:35–43 (group A) and 19:1–10 (group B). Both Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus put themselves in Jesus’s path. Summarize or illustrate what their stories teach about receiving God’s grace.
Draw a timeline and title it “God’s Grace in My Life.” Add and label points on the line to represent the stages of life you have passed through up to now (infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adult, etc.). Add notes to the timeline that identify the ways God’s grace came to you at these different points in your life, the way God’s grace came to you before the timeline began, and the way God’s grace will continue after it ends.
What danger do you face if your focus becomes your own transformation rather than knowing and enjoying Jesus?
Knowing and enjoying Jesus is the final end of hearing God's voice, having God's ear, and belonging to God's people. (Mathis)