520-1 Urban Spirituality Introduction (voiceover)

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Christian spirituality in the city. What is it about? What are the parameters? A videod presentation may be found at https://vimeo.com/vivgrigg/urban-spirituality-intro .

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Urban Spirituality:

Urban Spirituality Viv Grigg, April 2008

6 Dimensions of Christian Spirituality:

6 Dimensions of Christian Spirituality The Framework of the Word (Truth) Experiencing the Holy Spirit Knowing our own spirits Process: The interrelationship of our Spirit and the Holy Spirit in progress towards goals over time and space and gift Means: the disciplines of spirituality Context: Embedded in/complicated by our spirit-body-sin-community-world context

2. Who is the Holy Spirit?:

2. Who is the Holy Spirit? Who is he/she (Biblical, experiential?) How to we enter into relationship with the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit relate to us?

3. Being in Touch with our Own Spirits(1):

3. Being in Touch with our Own Spirits(1) Aim of all kinds of zen, yoga, spiritism, monastic spirituality…. Psychotherapy and counseling (these tend to deal with damaged spirit)

Being in touch with our spirits(2):

Being in touch with our spirits(2) But we are looking at a Biblical and Christian spirituality God as truth, as light, as integrator The nature of humanness as reflecting him Relationship of spirit, soul and body Context of world, flesh, devil

4. Process of Christian Spirituality (summary):

4. Process of Christian Spirituality (summary) The Aim of the Spiritual Life Entrance to the Spiritual Life God's Part: Impartation of the Holy Spirit Our Part: Repentance and Belief The Process (Journey) of the Spiritual Life Never removed from the seasons, turns and crises of life The Conditions of Growth God's Part Our Human Part The Struggle Within

4a. Aim of Christian Spirituality:

4a. Aim of Christian Spirituality The Aim of the Spiritual Life ( Goals of Sanctification) Sanctification = Holiness = Separated or Wholeness What are the goals of spiritual growth? II Cor 3:18 Eph 2:8-10 John 15:16 Col 1:28,29 Luke 1:30 What is Holistic Spirituality?

4b. Precondition of Christian Spirituality:

4b. Precondition of Christian Spirituality Entrance to the Spiritual Life God's Part: Impartation of the Holy Spirit John 3:5,6; Our Part: Repentance and Belief John 1:12,13 John 3:16 Spiritual Growth follows the same pattern (Col 2:6).

4c. Preconditions of the Spiritual Life Preexisting Context:

4c. Preconditions of the Spiritual Life Preexisting Context Family inheritance/genetics Covenants from previous generations With God With spirits Family environment Cultural Environment

Preconditions of the Spiritual Life 3b. Response:

Preconditions of the Spiritual Life 3b. Response Heb 11:6 Must believe that God exists and that he rewards seekers If anyone’s will is to do his will, he shall know that the teaching comes from God. A passionate search for and hunger for God. (Psalms)

3c Preconditions of Christian Spirituality:

3c Preconditions of Christian Spirituality The Process (Journey) of Spiritual Growth The Conditions of Growth God's Part: Filling us with the Spirit Our Human Part: Put off, put on The Struggle Within

Its all God:

Its all God Its all me: discipline, more discipline, more discipline, more….. God’s Part? Our Part? I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works within me (Col 1:29) Concepts of Christian Spirituality

4d Journey into Christian Spirituality:

4d Journey into Christian Spirituality The Process (Journey) of the Spiritual Life How do you envisage the journey? Time? Seasonal? Cyclic? Chance? Sovereignty? Direction? Time: Ecclesiastes Soveriegnty:Job, Psalms Direction:Revelations

4e Concepts of Christian Spirituality:

4e Concepts of Christian Spirituality The Struggle Within The Shadow Side (Romans 1:18-32; 3:23) Walking in The Light (1 John 1:5-9) The Flesh Wars Against the Spirit (Gal 5:16-26) We began with repentance, we continue with daily confession We began with trust, we continue with dependence

Warfare with the World, Flesh, Devil:

Warfare with the World, Flesh, Devil The Struggle Within Always in Conflict Spiritual warfare is primarily warfare with our own desires But the context of the cosmos And the prowling of the devil Confuse and cause conflict Holy Spirit Flesh = Sinful nature Our Spirits

5. Concepts of Christian Spirituality:

5. Concepts of Christian Spirituality The Means of Growth And the Difference is? Water and Manure The washing of the water of the word (John 15:3) Spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:23) Faith community

5. The Means of Grace (The Disciplines):

5. The Means of Grace (The Disciplines) Symbolic Baptism Communion Transformation of the Mind Word Prayer Communal Fellowship Worship Activism Proclamation Doing Justice Showing Mercy Summarized in the Wheel Diagram Each stream of spirituality defines different means of grace

6. Contextual Diversity in Christian Spiritualities:

6. Contextual Diversity in Christian Spiritualities Contextual Slum spiritualities, migrant spiritualities Indigenous spiritualities Classic (Western, individual) spiritualities Process-based spiritualities (Wesleyan, pietistic) Spirit-focussed spiritualities (e.g. Pentecostal, charismatic) Inner spirit-focussed spiritualities (e.g. exchanged life, meditative, monastic) Communal spiritualities Externally focussed (justice, love, action, preaching friar, Franciscan) BUT EACH HAS THE 6 CORE DIMENSIONS

Spirituality in the Midst of Movement Leadership:

Spirituality in the Midst of Movement Leadership

Outcomes of this course (see course outline for details):

Outcomes of this course (see course outline for details) In this course we will Understand the work of the Holy Spirit in sanctification Examine the impact of our culture on our spirituality Examine the contextual impact of urbanism and migrant poverty on our spirituality Understand styles of urban and migrant spirituality Understand indigenous spirituality issues Understand elements of classical spirituality that assist us in the city, among the poor, coping with the pains of the migrant (cont….)

Outcomes of this course (see course outline for details):

Outcomes of this course (see course outline for details) In this course we will (cont…) Understand our own spirits better Seek cleansing of our spirit, find healing of our souls, identify better who we are Discern what we are to do in our life (as much as is wise): our call, our giftings, our capacities Design our own Lifestyle and Values statement During the practicum of this course Lead a small group through steps towards spirituality Map out a plan of spiritual development for the duration of this training with a spiritual mentor

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A Life that Glorifies God Maturity Isa 43:7 Growing Know- ledge of Him The Character of Christ Growing Love of Him Growing in Christlikeness Walking in the Spirit (Gal 5:25) Discerning his Will (Eph 5:17) Abiding in Christ (John 15:5) Fellowship with God (Heb 11:6) Conditions of Spiritual Birth God’s Part God’s Spirit enters our life Man’s Part Acknowledge his Reign Repentance Belief God’s Part God’s Spirit fills our life Man’s Part Dying to Self Living By Faith Conditions of Spiritual Growth Col 2:6 As therefore you Received Christ Jesus as Lord, so live in him Summary of Core Concepts Word Means of Grace Prayer etc CONTEXT

Bibliography:

Bibliography The most comprehensive reference text for this course is: Ken Boa, Conformed to His Image But there is no single text for urban or slum spiritualities or migrant spiritualities, these are yet to be written Other texts in the Bibliography Readings in the reader on the CD for each lecture.

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