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Spiritual Formation Seminar: Independence vs Intimacy

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Spiritual Formation Seminar

April 18, 2020, 9 AM-12:30 PM


The second in a four-part seminar series with Dr. Brian Fast, CCAHope

$20 Early Bird Special until April 3, 2020  |  $25 after April 3, 2020

Christ the King Center welcomes back Dr. Brian Fast for a reprise of his popular Spiritual Formation Series.  This second seminar in a series of four, entitled Independence vs Intimacy, covers the following:

  • Navigating an internal Copernican revolution in our souls as we walk together through the four stages of Christian maturity taught by Bernard of Clairvaux: “I love myself for my sake”, “I love God for my sake”, “I love God for God’s sake”, “I love myself for God’s sake” (i.e., out of gratitude to God I embrace my life circumstances as an opportunity to respond in a way that delights and reveals Him).
  • How to recognize our characteristic “pull” in relationships and our unique version of the internal battle between the flesh and the Spirit. Paradoxically, our independent insistence on defining life on our own terms and justifying to ourselves that our demands should be met makes intimacy with God and others impossible. Learn to identify and lay down your false definitions of “Life” and “Death” and answer the Lord’s invitation to become a source of living water for others (John 7: 38-39): pull/take/consume vs pour/give/provide.
  • Humility and the “exchanged life”: Learning to trust Jesus (Beatitudes) and the Apostle Paul (2Corinthians 12: 7-10) that God’s power will be most on display in our lives when we realize that on our own we are poor and weak and inadequate, i.e., that on our best day in our own strength we’re a mess, but “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19: 26).