March 10 through April 7
Title: Emotionally UNHEALTHY Spirituality
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-26, Matthew 11:28-30, John 10:8-10
Theme: Jesus offers followers rest and abundant life. Paul said that life in the Spirit would be characterized by certain fruit. However, followers of Jesus often seem just as stressed and rushed and busy (if not more so) as the rest of the world. In this first message of the series, we’ll explore our invitation to live differently and some of the key symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality that often keep people from experiencing the fullness of Jesus’ promises.
Title: The Radical Antidote: Emotional Health and Contemplative Spirituality
Scripture: Revelation 13:1-10 and Luke 10:38-42
Theme: In our busy world, so often defined by achieving and accumulating, the intersection of emotional health and contemplative spirituality provide a powerful framework for living differently. In this second message of the series, we’ll define and explore both of the terms in some depth and use some of the imagery from Revelation as well as the story of Mary and Martha as an invitation to reflect on our lives today.
Title: Knowing Yourself That You May Know God
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-9 and Ephesians 4:22-24
Theme: Significant barriers to emotional health exist in the false narratives we believe about ourselves and our worth. Our family histories and stories also contain barriers that, when not explored or understood, make it difficult to live in the most healthy ways. In this message, we’ll talk about what it means to live a new and different life in Christ and how we must go back into our stories and know ourselves to most fully grow in Christ-likeness.
Title: A Contemplative Spirit
Scripture: Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 46:10, Exodus 20:8-11
Theme: Jesus regularly stepped away to pray and rest and intentionally connect with God. In this message, we’ll talk about a daily rhythm for doing this, the daily office, as well as a weekly rhythm for doing this, Sabbath. We’ll explore these ideas theologically and biblically and be invited to consider practicing them with intentionality as a part developing a contemplative spirit.
Title: Cultivating an Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 22:36-40
Theme: As the series comes to a close we’ll reflect briefly on all that we have covered so far and the invitations to be intentional about cultivating an emotionally healthy spirituality. Specifically, we’ll talk about a rule of life as a tool and a guide for intentionally living our relationship with God and others and be invited to draft a rule of life for the remainder of the year.