Wednesday, July 25, 2012

the purpose of this site

Practical Divinity is literature that facilitates spiritual development (personal or corporate). It is made for devotion, discipleship, and spiritual formation. It is about the making and moving of Christians, growth in grace, the formation of a Christian worldview, and the tempering of a Christian character. We might call its purpose application. It focuses worship, shapes the heart, cultivates values, and hones lifestyle. The aim is right understanding, right practice, and right passions. Practical divinity moves us from where we are on toward where we should be. It is the liturgy of the mystery of God's Presence and initiative. It is the equipping resource of the Body of Christ-the society of the Church.
This website is a list of resources (Practical Divinity) approved and encouraged for use in small groups and personal devotion. It is compiled by Dr. Karl Ganske, Pastor of Spiritual Development, Dodge City Church of the Nazarene.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Belief, Faith, and Worldview

book by William Greathouse
Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Leaders Guide Available
For many people discovering perfect love seems a frustrating and futile search. Even Christians who accept God as a loving Father have difficulty with defining the abstract concepts of holiness, sanctification and, in turn, perfect love. In the form of exposition and exercise, Dr. Greathouse has prepared a biblically sound Wesleyan approach to teaching the message of holiness.
good background:
book by William Greathouse
Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1998
I would say that this is the best resource I have experienced in describing the purpose of Christianity. It is that significant.

Insight Series book and video study by Michael Lodahl
Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City

The Bible is filled with amazing stories, but even more amazing is its overarching account of God. It's a story that, despite its twists and turns, portrays God's mercy and love and His never-ending effort to connect with His people.
This celebrated text is an engaging and accessible introduction to Wesleyan narrative theology. Unlike other books, which use a topical or systematic approach for understanding Christian theology, this foundational text weaves together the events and themes of the Bible to tell God's remarkable story and present a complete picture of his enduring love for us.
This updated and expanded second edition will impact your study and appreciation of Scripture and challenge you to find yourself—or better yet, to be found—in the incredible story of God.

a book and video based study by Francis Chan
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts — it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

Forgotten God: Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
In this , Francis Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and that without Him, we operate in our own strength, only accomplishing human-sized results. It’s time for the beloved church of Jesus Christ to reverse the trend of neglect. Let’s pursue the Spirit-filled life of effectiveness God desires and we desire.

It all begins with the story of God: who God is, what God is like, our relationship to God, and what God is doing in the world. From the story of God the foundations of our faith flow. Our faith and theology shape our identity and calling: who are you? Who we believe ourselves to be determines our way of life. From the rhythms of our way of life flow our behaviors, words, and the daily expression of our faith. This study looks at being both theological and practical in a new way. It also has corresponding youth and children's discussions.

This is a 40-day program that we have run as a full church campaign.Rendezvous explores ways we can encounter Christ throughout our day--alone, with family, with friends, at church, or in the world--and provides us with a new understanding of how spiritual practices such as prayer, submission, hospitality, simplicity, and compassion help guide us to sacred rendezvous with Him.

Biblical Studies

Insight Series book and video study by James Garlow
One of the most powerful rituals in the ancient Hebrew culture was that of the blood covenant. This agreement united two individuals for a lifetime and meant that the most intense forms of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice had been exchanged. God chose to make this kind of covenant with Abraham in order to demonstrate His intense love for humanity and His deep desire to fellowship with His creation. By asking Abraham to perform the covenant ritual, God the Father and humanity were bonded for eternity.
This powerful Bible study will dramatically enrich your understanding of God's nature and love for His people and reveal a whole new appreciation for God's amazing story and the beautiful, incredible, breathtaking sacrifice that Christ made so God's covenant with us would not be broken.
In the video lessons, well-known author and speaker Jim Garlow explains, with passion and excitement, the importance and meaning of the Covenant ritual and shows how this ceremony provides the foundation for everything we believe. The powerful revelations he offers will impact and transform your life and forever change your understanding and appreciation of the Christian faith.

Lectio Divina Bible Studies
Lectio divina, or divine reading, is the ancient Christian practice of communicating with God through the reading and study of Scripture. The Lectio Divina Bible Studies build on this time-honored tradition, inviting readers to listen to God as they read his word. The approach is built around eight steps, lectio (reading), meditation, oratio (prayer), contemplation, silence, incarnation, epitome(summary), and praeparation--all designed to help the reader slow down, read Scripture, meditate upon it, and prayerfully respond to God's Word.

Faith Connections
This is the standard Nazarene Sunday School material. It presents biblical insights and explanation from strong scholars within the Wesleyan theological tradition. There is material for group members to take home and study as well as a short commentary and leader's guide with additional online material.