Discipleship

Monks in a Cave by Francois-Marius Granet, first half of the 19th century

Monks in a Cave by Francois-Marius Granet, first half of the 19th century

 

 “The key to true freedom is not just following whatever desires we happen to have, but cultivating the right desires.”

— William Cavanaugh, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire


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Training for a life of integrity

There are some who would wonder at a section on spiritual discipleship on a website dominated with content on sexuality. What, really, has our sexuality to do with our spiritual lives?

Christian counselor Rob Jackson likens sexual breakdown to an iceberg, with the offending behavior sitting above the surface for all to see. And, while the visible action is most easily seen, it represents just a fraction of the brokenness in that person’s life. The real danger of an iceberg comes not from its tip, but all that lurks beneath the surface. Distorted thoughts, damaged emotions and a wounded spirit are the hidden drivers of sexual brokenness. At the core is a crisis of identity, which is an inherently spiritual matter.

Our inclusion of resources aimed at supporting the spiritual lives of visitors is driven by our belief that sexual and spiritual maturity are indistinguishable. We advocate not just a band-aid for errant behavior but a total transformation of a person brought about by the Spirit of God and leading to a re-integration of heart and mind. This comes by God’s grace but is worked out through a disciplined life working daily to order one’s will and desires rightly.

The world talks of morals and values, but these always seem to shift with society’s whims. Virtues, by contrast, are permanent. Vigen Guroian writes that, “The virtues define the character of a person, his enduring relationship to the world, and what will be his end.”

The end is what we would guide people to consider more fully in daily life. That is, coming to the end of themselves and facing their ultimate end, life with or without God.

Copyright © 2013, Daniel Weiss. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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Dig deeper with the following online resources:

What is Spiritual Formation?
Spiritual Formation is a process, but it is also a journey through which we open our hearts to a deeper connection with God.

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What is the Purpose of Life?
All that God creates must brim with meaning, significance and purpose.

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Where is God During the Wilderness Years?
If you look for them, many of the reasons for suffering are found in the Scriptures.

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Find a great daily devotional:

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Becoming Like Jesus:

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Rhythms of Life:

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(Links are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement of all the views expressed in these resources.)