Spiritual Formation Webinars
The Healing Ministry at Christ the King Center is pleased to offer you this series of webinars featuring Dr. Brian Fast from CCAHope. The first seminar in the series was not recorded. It is our hope to hold it again later in the year so that it can be added to this library. While the webinars are interconnected they also stand alone very nicely.
Webinar #2: Independence vs Intimacy (Pre-recorded on May 9, 2020)
- Navigating an internal Copernican revolution in our souls as we walk together through the 4 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).
- Pour vs Pull 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).
Webinar #3: From Demand to Empty Longing: Learning to Trust God in the Dark (Pre-recorded on June 6, 2020)
- Holy Indifference: Detaching from everything which is not God in order to Attach more fully to Him alone. Another way to understand spiritual formation is detaching ourselves from everything but God as a source of soul satisfaction in order to attach ourselves in more settled fashion to Him alone. We will look to Scripture and to Ignatius of Loyola’s Principle and Foundation, Thomas Chalmers’ “expulsive power of a new affection” and CS Lewis for help turning from idolatry toward true worship and availability.
- Thirst: Trusting what God is doing in the Dark. As we let go our idols and addictions, we learn to trust the painful experiences of longing, emptiness and ache in our souls as indications something good is happening inside and not that something is wrong (Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, St. John of the Cross).
- Discussion and Application for Life and Ministry. The above has special implications for spiritual leaders who are often vulnerable to putting more energy into loving the church or their ministry than they do their spouses or closest family and friends. But this can change. The ultimate success of our ministry will be in direct proportion to the intimacy (health) of our closest relationships (intentional repeat). Opportunity for questions and discussion and integration of entire morning content.