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WEEK Three: MBS582 Discipleship Tools for the Missional Church
Transcript of WEEK Three: MBS582 Discipleship Tools for the Missional Church
Dr. Gene Maynard
June 25, 2018
Internal, Spiritual Practices:
5 Basic Premises
6 Spiritual Practice Streams
Theology of Interior,
Some Interior, Spiritual Practices
7 Challenges to
Interior, Spiritual Practices
The Jesus Prayer
"Missional leadership derives not from methods or strategies but from the work of the Holy Spirit to rearrange one's interior life.
To undertake internal, spiritual practices is to say that following Christ is as big a challenge
as playing the cello.
Internal, spiritual practices are neither elitist nor intended for the monastery. They are for everyone and they are intended for the sidewalk.
God is the initiator and has the first word. Internal, spiritual practices are merely the answering word.
Either you intend to follow Jesus, or you don't. There are no other choices. Internal, spiritual practices are for the first intention; they are how you turn the intention into reality.
The Evangelical Stream:
Focus is on the Jesus-Centered Life
The Contemplative Stream:
Focus is on the Prayer-Filled Life
The Holiness Stream:
Focus is on the Virtuous Life
The Charismatic Stream:
Focus is on the Spirit-Empowered Life
The Social Justice Stream:
Focus is on the Compassionate Life
The Incarnational Stream:
Focus is on the Sacramental Life
2 Corinthians 4:7
1 Timothy 4:7b-8
There is a rhythm to spiritual transformation and practices not unlike dancing the tango
Salvation is not merely about entering into eternity sometime in the future. Salvation is about eternity entering into us right now
Interior, spiritual practices are God's way of restoring human nature to the "very good" state of original creation
The "Why" of Transformation
"The purposes of the internal, spiritual practices is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear." Richard Foster
The Many "Mes" I Can Be
The Me I Pretend to Be
When you die, God will not ask you why you were not more like someone else.
God will ask you why you were not you
The Me I Think I Should Be
"Spiritual greatness has everything to do with being as great as each of us can be, not greater than someone else."
Comparison kills spiritual growth
The Me Other People Want Me To Be
Everyone in your life wants you to change.
If you try to be that person, you will never be free.
The Me I'm Afraid God
Wants Me to Be
"#1 challenge to helping people grow spiritually is the idea that I must try hard to follow rules." Barna
"Jesus did not say, "I have come that you might follow rules."
"When I came to die, I discovered that I had not lived." Henry David Thoreau
The Me I Fail to Be
FFT = Failure to Thrive
Wrong Question #1:
how can I change my church?
Wrong Question #2:
what's working well in successful churches?
HOW CAN I BE CHANGED SO THAT OTHERS WILL FIND ME WORTH FOLLOWING IN MISSION
"Hurry is the enemy of spirituality.
It is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing.
It is filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attention to God's actions.
It is taking charge."
Churches are full of people who pray and read their Bible but have no concern for mission and sometimes actively resist the activity of mission and justice in our culture.
Unfortunately, "bad" people pray and read their Bible vigorously and are unchanged by their effort.
Internal, spiritual practices cannot be correlated to ministry "success" in any tangible way.
Unspiritual people can accomplish a lot while spiritually devout people can labor in obscurity.
The interior, spiritual practices tend to operate in isolation from real life. They too often resemble the national anthem before the game and have little to do with the game itself.
Despite benefits that come from practicing these disciplines, they simply are not practiced enough
Abstinence (disengagement) Engagement
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