Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Pathway 6

We’re entering the home stretch of our journey of discovering emotionally healthy spirituality. This week we learned from Jesus as he talked with a lawyer about who should be considered a “neighbour” as we love God and our neighbours. (Luke 10.25-37)

To be able to have an extended definition of “neighbour” is a sign of “Growing into an Emotionally Mature Adult” (the sixth pathway).

Here are a couple more modern day examples to inspire you: one from Brian and one from Sarah.

And here’s  something to work through as a family.

Modern Discipleship, Part 2

Over the last two Sundays at CCC we laid the foundation for our exploration of what modern discipleship looks like. First, we focused on what it means to become a disciple, then, we came to understand how important community is for discipleship. You can hear either of those messages on our current series.

To think more deeply about how our personal spiritual formation is also good for others, read “Defining Spiritual Formation: For the Sake of Self and Others.”

Knowing how to live as a community is as simple as looking at Scripture’s “one another” passages.

And what might our discipleship look like if we integrated it into our daily living? Here’s one remarkable story of a woman who created a community out of her neighbourhood.

Encouraging God’s Light & Love in the Church

This week, 1 John 2 showed us how God has gathered us into a community of individuals that shine God’s light and love in unique ways that encourage others. After the message, a member shared the above song!

Being in community allows God to shine a light on our darkness through others. Think about that a little more with Tim: “Sanctification is a Community Project.”

And being in community encourages us to continue to walk in God’s light. Be encouraged by Meagan’s reflections in, “We’re All in this Together.”

Shining Love, not Hate

We’re continuing to learn from 1 John as a community at CCC. If you want to listen along, visit our church’s media player for the current sermon series as well as past messages. This week’s text was 1 John 1.5-2.11.

The first resource we’d like to draw your attention to is a recent book by Philip downloadYancey, Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News? In it, Yancey covers a lot of ground, including the various ways we can shine the truth of God as Christians.

Here are two posts that will give you a taste of the book as well as encourage you to think about how the way Christians love each other makes a difference for their witness to an unbelieving world.

First, what if we actually obeyed all of the ‘one anothers’ in the New Testament?

Second, what if we were seen as the early church was- in contrast to the rest of the world in how we treated and supported each other?

Finally, here’s a short prompt for reflecting on how the Christian community is defined in this day and age. Is this the way we really want it to be?