Lent 17

Lent 17

Exploration

About relationships (with God and with each other)

Introduction

IntroductionPosted by admin Tue, February 14, 2017 11:27:01

Receiving Christ: Introduction: Being a Christian, or trying to be a Christian, or exploring being a Christian, is more about relationships (with God and with each other) than it is about either doctrine or rules. (Though doctrine and rules also matter!) The course title “Receiving Christ” implies two things: 1) God is reaching out to us, probably a great deal more consistently and enthusiastically than we are reaching out to God; and 2) Our relationship with God involves a number of different, though mutually supportive “activities”. Christians believe that they encounter/receive/know God in Jesus Christ.

Some introductory questions:

A. What most helps you to keep in touch with God?

B. What sort of barriers do you encounter?

Has there been a time, place, experience – one you are happy to share – when you have felt particularly close to God?

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Posted by Brian McGinnis Fri, March 03, 2017 07:26:51

Doing Lent is an interesting mix of togetherness and something very individual, and not only "Christians" play a collective and individual part. I suspect alcohol sales go down.. though if as an individual you never touch the stuff, joining the collective temporary alcohol ban isn't an option. This balancing act between "us" and "me" is a useful opportunity not just to review individual responsibility in a group - courage to be different without being bloody minded. It is an opportunity to remember individual value. Christians do believe in community; but they also believe that EVERY individual is "God's work of art" (Ephesians 2.10 Jerusalem version) We are each uniquely beautiful, uniquely gifted, uniquely special - however ugly, hopeless, redundant, we might feel or be labelled. A good Lenten exercise is to jot down what makes you special, and then, for balance, jot down what makes some (perhaps rather improbable) person you know equally special. (Thanks to two Roman Catholic Sisters for prompting the wording, and to "disabled" friends for providing the vision.)