Become | Spiritual Disciplines September 15, 2019

Become

Series Synopsis

Finding freedom in Jesus is so transformative it can only be described as being born again—but it's just the beginning. Everyone who belongs to Jesus is invited to become like Jesus. In this series we'll learn to practice the ways and rhythms of Jesus in the form of classical spiritual disciplines. We'll learn to position ourselves daily before God for the purpose of encounter, spiritual formation, and becoming like the One we follow.

Spiritual Disciplines WEEKLY Calendar


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This weekly calendar is designed to help you bring the Spiritual Disciplines into your whole life. This isn’t an exhaustive list of every spiritual discipline, but rather meant to give you a framework for you to build upon. We encourage you to continue finding and implementing new spiritual disciplines in the days to come. As you cultivate habits, these things will turn from something you “should do more” to practices you love and relish. Theories shape our ideas about life, but habits shape us from the inside out.

This resource corresponds with many of the Spiritual Disciplines highlighted in this sermon series. The sermons explain several disciplines in depth, so they are a helpful resource when using this calendar.

An Explanation of The Artwork

This beautiful artwork was created by Storytelling & Visual Arts Team member Vania Ayala.


When we make the decision to follow Jesus and accept him into our hearts, we become new creations. 

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." – 2 Corinthians 5:17
 
The Spirit is doing transformative work in our lives daily—working to conform us to the image of Christ. When we abide in Christ—seeking to know him through his word, in prayer, and through other spiritual disciplines—we become more and more like him.
 
This artwork is a picture of how abiding in Christ renews and transforms us in every way. The little branches growing from the heart are a reference to John 15:5 which says, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." The colour purple is often symbolizes royalty and majesty—in this case expressing the idea that we are co-heirs with Christ and will be glorified with him.
 
"The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him." – Romans 8:16-17
 
We start off as just flesh, much like the image of an anatomical heart. But when we belong to Christ and start becoming like him, we change into something more. We begin to reflect the character and nature and glory and power of God into the world. It's more than we can achieve on our own. It's beyond what we could even imagine for ourselves. That's represented by the colours and patterns in the image of the heart. It's still an anatomical heart, but there's life and beauty in it that wasn't there before.


  • Become | Spiritual Disciplines
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    September 15, 2019
    Become

    In this sermon we'll focus on the nature of our 'labour' as disciples of Jesus by unpacking a brief theology of spiritual disciplines.

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  • Become | Love, Live, Labour
    Watch Romans 11:11-24
    September 08, 2019
    Matthew 22:3440; Joshua 22:5; 24:14-15

    This sermon will explore what we want to become as a local church in this time and place. We'll lean on our two recent series through Matthew and Joshua to see our call to become a people who love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength. Who live as conduits of Jesus' presence on earth. And who labour toward the renewal of all things.

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