With radiation poisoning, you can be dead and not even know it. The damage has been done already, but not yet felt. Our spiritual life can be damaged in the same way. We can be walking around, yet dead to our calling and connection to God without even knowing it. If by the grace of God, we can catch it in time, there is a way to renew spiritually. But would you even know if you need to? And if you did see the need, what would you do to renew?
Newness of Life
This is the conclusion to the series, Spiritual Renewal. In it we examine renewal as it ranges through the entire Bible. God shows us how to renew and give us special days that mark events in the past and the future to help us look back to be encouraged about God’s involvement in our lives and to look forward with excitement about our future with him also. If you are feeling down, or know someone who is, this is the series for you.
Your Serving Story
Jesus said he was a servant and that we are to be servants too. What is the history of your serving God since you have been called? What are the ups and down? What caused success and difficulty? How does your past influence your ability to serve God for good or for bad? When things are hard we tend to grow weary. So understanding our part in creating our own difficulties can directly affect our spiritual renewal.
Your Family Story
How has growing up in your family of origin affected your interactions and relationship with God? If we delve into our family experiences, we will see that God has been with us every step of the way. Even bad things can play a good part. Knowing this helps us understand God’s design for us and see his interventions in our life.
Themes and Roles
All of us learn to play a role or roles in our family of origin. We also develop life themes, both positive and negative in childhood. These themes and roles affect us all our lives. If we are aware of them, it helps us grow spiritually, and understand how God has worked with us all our lives.
Distortions and Reality
Christians strive to be good servants of God. We sometimes find ourselves in the grip, however, of tendencies to grow spiritually dull. This dullness often arises distorted ways of thinking about God, life, others and ourselves. Learn how to spot your own distortions in this presentation.
Remembering Your Story
How many do you know who have gradually pulled away from God, who no longer fellowship, whose love for Godhas grown grow cold? If we think about it, we see that this is a common—and dangerous—occurrence in Christian life. In this second presentation of our series on Spiritual Renewal we see how to renew zeal and love for God.
Times of Refreshing
With radiation poisoning, you can be dead and not even know it. The damage has been done already, but it is not yet felt. Our spiritual life can be damaged in the same way. We can be walking around, yet dead to our calling and connection to God without even knowing it. If by the grace of God, we can catch it in time, there is a way to renew spiritually. But would you even know if you need to? Learn more in Spiritual Renewal Part 1: Times of Refreshing.