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CFOR 101 (Sp '16) T26-Corporate Spirituality (Part 1)

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Sp '16) T26-Corporate Spirituality (Part 1)

Corporate Spirituality (I)
Living in Community
Living in community - what challenges have you experienced with other believers?
(The Need for Community)
Corporate spirituality - an essential source of
spiritual health
and
maturity
Corporate spirituality treasures relationship as
ends?
means?
The Need for Community
We come to faith as
individuals
, but we grow in
community.
The spiritual life is
personal
social
dependent upon God
(transcendent)
active in this world
(immanent)
Purpose of Community
Adam's disobedience
alienated us from
God
ourselves
others
nature
Accepting Christ as Lord reverses the
alienation
Redemption
restored relationships
experience the Shalom of the Trinity
Solitude (Luke 6:12)
- assures me that God loves me
"Not the answer heals,
but the promise of his presence."
(LGV Tagung 2014)
Community (Luke 6:13)
- Jesus calls into discipleship
"Christian community is not an ideal that we would have to accomplish, but it is a created reality by God in Christ in which we may participate." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
Ministry (Luke 6:17-19)
listening
sharing the word of God
forgiving
caring for each other
The Corporate Life of the Body of Christ
growing intimacy with the Lord
increases capacity for life in community
a vital organism of other-centered believers with Christ as their head
Benefits of Christian Community
Which benefits can people experience in the Christian community that you belong to?
(compare benefits with page 419)
Ministry
Body of believers
(edification)
Non-disciples
(evangelism)
Solitude
(con-nected to God)
Community

(connected to each other)
Challenges of Christian Community (4C)
- count, control, compare and compete
- striving to justify ourselves
- striving for our interests
- not seeking the interests of Christ and others
- fundamental threat: self-centeredness
5 Benefits of Corporate Worship
(5 A's)
1) Awakening
2) Assurance
3) Advance
4) Accepting another's leading
5) Accentuated Joy
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