SF104: Praying the Word (Lectio Divina)
The essence of Lectio Divina is prayer, seeking God. It is heartening to learn that the Word of God is not only a revelation of the LORD to His children but also a resource to aid us in our prayer to Him. In this course, we will learn to let the Word of God descend from our head to our heart and seek God there. It is there where reading the Bible seeks to challenge our habitual beliefs, attitudes and behaviour. We become open to the Holy Spirit’s action of grace upon our lives.
Session 1: The Theological Basis of Lectio Divina
Session 2: The Movement of Lectio Divina
Session 3: The Practice and Posture of Lectio Divina
Dates: 4, 11, 18 Jul 2020 (Saturdays)
SF201: Spiritual Disciplines ~ Means of Grace Towards Christlikeness
How does a Christian continue to grow deeper in Christ after the initial thrill of experiencing God’s love and saving grace? How do we renew ourselves after the demands and drain of ministry? We know about the core spiritual disciplines of keeping our quiet time, prayer and reading the Bible. Spiritual disciplines however, are not just to nourish our spiritual life, and also to cultivate a spiritual attentiveness to God.
This Spiritual Formation course aims to introduce a group of spiritual disciplines to help us to "practice the presence of God." A framework linking these disciplines and the process involved will be explained.
The course is designed to be practical. Beside the teaching segment, we will practice the disciplines e.g. writing journal reflections, meeting up with spiritual companions to discern God’s leading in your life. These disciplines will help us to grow deeper in Christ and provide renewal after the drain of ministry.
#1 MILESTONES ~ The Story begins
#2 JOURNALLING ~ The Re-membering begins
#3 LECTIO DIVINA ~ The Rumination begins
#4 SILENCE & SOLITUDE ~ The Listening begins
#5 CONVERSATIONS ~ The Friendship begins
#6 SPIRITUAL DIRECTION ~ The Co-discerning begins
#7 SPIRITUAL RETREAT ~ The Communion begins
#8 SABBATH: WORK & REST ~ A Rhythm of grace begins
#9 HOLY SPIRIT: WITH/IN US ~ The Paraclete coming alongside
Dates: 18, 25 Apr, 9, 16, 30 May & 6 Jun 2020 (Saturdays)
Pre-requisite: Attended one SF100 level course