Adult Education Series: The Way of Love
In the coming weeks, we will make our way through Scott Gunn’s book ‘The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus.’ The book is set up around different ways we can practically engage in growing our spiritual life as followers of Jesus. Each week we will reflect on a different verb that sums up some aspect of following after Jesus. Each short chapter contains a reflection from Gunn, a shorter anecdote, and questions for reflection.
Jan 15th: This week are starting our journey with The Way of Love. We will begin with the Foreword by Bishop Curry and the Introduction to the book. Our goal at this meeting will be to get a handle on the book itself and to introduce the format we will be using for the upcoming weeks.
Jan 22nd: Our journey with The Way of Love begins in earnest this week with the first chapter. The chapter leads us to think about what it means to turn to Jesus and also to be ready to turn towards new things and away from former things. By thinking of making these new beginnings as ‘turning’ we can gain a fresh perspective on the more traditional language of repentance. What do we need to do in our lives to be ready to turn aside like Moses going after the burning bush? Please take some time to read the first chapter, think over the reflection questions, and ruminate over the Scripture readings in the back.
Jan 29th: The topic of our chapter this week is ‘Learn.’ Gunn focuses on how learn about, with, and through Scripture as Christians who are seeking to follow Jesus. The questions lead us to think not only about how we make time for studying Scripture but also about how we study Scripture. What do we expect when we come to read the Bible? What skills do we need to be effective students of Scripture? One of the clues we take to this question is a prayer from Thomas Cranmer:
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Feb 5th: Our chapter this week takes up the topic of prayer. The chapter asks us to look to the Lord’s prayer as a model for our own prayer. As we come together to discuss the chapter, please take some time to reflect on those times and places where you find yourself able to pray regularly as well as those times when prayer may be more difficult.
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