Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Week 1

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.jpgWe’re doing a churchwide series using material from Peter & Geri Scazzero called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. During this first week, we thought about the cost of¬†emotional and spiritual immaturity by looking at Saul’s struggle in 1 Samuel 15. We closed our worship time asking the Holy Spirit to bring to our attention our areas of immaturity.

One of the ‘symptoms’ of emotionally unhealthy spirituality (as outlined by Pete in his book)¬†is “Ignoring the emotions of anger, sadness, and fear.” Our links today provide some ideas on what to do instead of ignoring them.

Learn from David’s approach to fear and anger in “Two Quick Remedies for Anger, Hurt, and Fear.”

The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics helps us think through common fears that workers experience.

Finally, for those of us who carry sadness and regret about the past, there’s “How to Live with Regret” by Bill Lokey.

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“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

We at Christ Community Church are continuing our series on being united with Christ through a study of Colossians 3.1-17. Most recently, we considered the ways in which God unites us with Jesus by way of deaths: natural death, through confession and repentance (a death of a particular habit or lifestyle), through daily choices, and in God’s sight. You can listen to the message from Pastor Chelsey on our current series page.

In the message, Pastor Chelsey used Lewis Smedes’ analogy of citizenship to help us understand the rule of sin and how Jesus rescues us from it. We were encouraged to see ourselves as ‘dead’ to sin and alive in Christ. What does such a switch in citizenship look like? Greg outlines five differences.

What are some of the things keeping us from putting to death the parts of us that don’t belong? Richard explores this question as part of understanding the first step we take in partnering in God’s transformation of ourselves.

And in a culture of blame-shifting, how do we take the necessary steps of identifying the old self within in order to put it to death?