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Course Overview

I.  SOUL SHAPING - PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me,
 for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” 
Psalm 25:4-5

PURPOSES:  To recognize the variety of ways the Holy Spirit has been shaping the lives of Christians throughout history.  To become aware of how particular spiritual streams have shaped us in the past, which ones are presently meaningful and life-giving for us, and by which ones God may draw us in the future. To tell our life stories from our Christian community

Streams of Living Water
The Devotional Classics

  1. Personal Introductions & Course Orientation
  2. Spiritual Pathways: the spiritual paths I most often select
  3. What traditions have shaped the growth of my soul?
    1. Evangelical - The Word Centered Life
    2. Holiness - The Virtuous Life
    3. Charismatic - The Spirit-Empowered Life
    4. Social Justice - The Compassionate Life
    5. Contemplative - The Prayer-Filled Life
    6. Incarnational - The Sacramental Life
  4. Telling Our Stories - Group Retreat

II.  SOUL MAKING

“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart.”  Deuteronomy 8:2.

PURPOSES:  To grow in self-awareness and to attend further to the story God is writing in our lives.  To experience more of God through the contemplative and incarnational traditions.  To deepen our Christian community.

Surrender to Love

III.  SOUL MENDING

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  Galatians 5:24-25

PURPOSES:  To recognize our gifts and abilities and also our weaknesses, disordered passions and besetting sins.  To bring the entirety of our lives before the Lord for healing, mending and growth towards wholeness.

The Gift of Being Yourself

The Wisdom of the Enneagram

IV.  SOUL CARE - SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES & THE RULE FOR LIFE

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”  Hebrews 12:1

PURPOSES:  To intentionally make space in our lives for God through experiences, practices and relationships that deepen our communion and further our transformation.  To commit ourselves to a personally designed Rule for Life of particular spiritual disciplines which are life-giving at this time of our lives.

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

“So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.”  John 8:36

More Information

For more information, please contact Glenda Simpkins Hoffman at glenda.simpkinshoffman@viennapres.org, or 703-938-9050 x114.