June 7, 2009
And how is it different from the "spiritual" culture that surrounds us?
I hope all of you had a restful or productive weekend. (I never seem to manage both at the same time....) Let's dive into some of the details and themes of this week's study.
I thought this study included some great discussion questions, especially at the beginning. Here are two that I think can spark some very fruitful conversations:
1. What is the primary goal of spirituality?
2. In your opinion, is spirituality limited to Christians?
In fact, these questions might generate enough discussion that they begin to rob a lot of time from the rest of the lesson. If that happens, just move the converstion into the teaching points by saying something like, "We're hitting some interesting topics, and some of these things will be addressed a little deeper in the study. Let's move on a little bit."
And here's a question that I could use some help on: What should a group leader do if this week's discussion uncovers some unorthodox thoughts about spirituality in his or her group members?
It's very possible that one or more of your group members will have a skewed idea of spirituality. Maybe they've bought into the idea that we can approach God in any way that seems good to use—like the crystals mentioned in the study article. Or maybe someone will incorrectly view the Holy Spirit as being obliged to do what we want if we pray in a specific way or use a specific set of words.
How should you address that kind of "un-Christian" thinking? I'd love to hear thoughts from several of you on what's the best thing to do.
If you've read the article attached to this study, you've probably noticed that it's a bit thick in its wording. The article was written by a professor, so it is kind of scholarly in its packaging and use of words.
For example, can anyone help me with the word "polemical"? I have an idea of what it means, but I've never been able to get my mind fully around it. And what about "inchoate"? What in the world is that?
In any case, if you come across other words or ideas that you want to get straightened out before you lead your study, just post a question in the comments section below or send me an email (smallgroups at christianitytoday.com). The Dot Com(unity) community will make sure you're prepared.
One more thing. I've included several icebreakers and other activities that will be helpful to your preparation in this week's Dot Com(unity) newsletter, so I won't double-dip and add them here. But below you will find some other articles that can help you get a broader understanding of this week's topic:
Spirituality for All the Wrong Reasons, by Eugene Peterson
Religion-Less Spirituality, by Tim Keller
posted by Sam O'Neal on June 7, 2009 11:29 PM