Knowing and Following Jesus makes us more human.
Christians of various traditions describe the process of becoming more like Jesus in various ways: holiness (part of our legacy as Brethren in Christ), sanctification, divination, discipleship, spiritual formation, etc. All of these ideas get at the same goal: transformation. Who we are isn't who we will be after we follow Jesus. We change. We grow. We become more fully human, meaning, we become more like God's perfect image bearer: Jesus. Christ is not opposed to our humanness, but invites us to flourish into the fuller version of our God-given humanity.
Below is a list of recommended starting points for someone who wants to incorporate "spiritual disciplines" into their regular lives. These resources are especially important for spiritual formation experiments that take place in the context of a Circle. Our primary mode of what the Scriptures refer to as "discipleship" happens in these Circles which are sub-groups within a given Village. If you get plugged into a Village (which has its large Gathering every other week), then you will have the opportunity to join a Circle (which is the smaller scattered expression of a Village that meets on the fourth week of the month).
This is the place to go if a Circle chooses to focus on a lectionary passage rather than the sermon from the previous week. For the most part, we recommend either the Gospel reading or the New Testament reading from the upcoming Sunday readings.
Audio based smartphone app with daily spiritual meditations based on daily Scripture. Amazing.
For those wanting to go deep in their encounter with God's Spirit, this is a 40 day journey to facilitate such a journey. This takes a daily commitment to the process, but is definitely worth it.
A New Liturgy is our attempt to create holy space wherever we find ourselves. A moveable, sonic sanctuary. Released quarterly, each Liturgy is a 25 minute journey of music, prayer, scripture, and space that helps open us to The Almighty in any location, season, community, or emotion.
This is a book that guides readers through changing our narratives. Integrating theology, inspiration, and spiritual formation, this book is a welcome companion to any Circle. Each chapter ends with a formation experiment. A very practical and deep resource. We also like The Good and Beautiful Life. (As in any book recommended here, there are a few things we'd nuance differently here or there [for instance, ch 6 where it deals with God’s wrath], but its overall vision has a lasting impact on Pangea!).
Spiritual disciplines connect us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover these time-tested practices in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. These companion studies and exercises will help you to explore sixteen core practices. Three segments on each practice (a total of forty-eight sessions) allow space to go beyond superficial understanding and to begin to live in a new way.
Sensitive to the constraints upon contemporary lay Christians and to the publicness of their business-day lives, THE DIVINE HOURS provides a flexible and slightly abbreviated regimen of fixed-hour prayer that incorporates all of the established elements required for keeping the offices, while eliminating or diminishing the presence of some less essential or cumbersome parts. The result of these adaptations, modifications, and innovations is a breviary for our time and place, or more accurately a contemporary manual for exercising Christianity’s oldest form of worship in a manner that is true both to its origins and to its present imperatives.
If a Circle would like to dive into a book of the New Testament, this is the guide for that process. A Circle could select a few passages (in order) to read over the following two weeks which will include about 3 pages of commentary and inspiration. One way to do this would to encourage each other to: 1) get alone, 2) read the passage and commentary, 3) read the passage once more, 4) meditate and journal. The Old Testament for Everyone is also in production and is written by John Goldingay.