by: Ben Witherington III
This book is for everyday Christians who seek to love God and offer charity toward others by celebrating spiritual practices in their congregation. The book will encourage you to be an integral part of the body of Christ --working and serving, loving God with your heart but also with hands and feet to be formed as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
The Wesleyan tradition believes that Christian formation happens best when "two or more are gathered." The focus is the body of Christ gathered together--worshiping; sharing, learning, fellowshipping, taking Holy Communion, and doing works of piety and charity. In addition, a relationship with God is not primarily an individual's lonely personal quest for transcendence. It is not about becoming more self-centered, more self-focused, but it is about becoming more "self-forgetful."
In this book, Ben Witherington III outlines spiritual practices that involve individual and congregational transformation through learning and loving, fellowship and worship, by being lifted up in spirit and being enlightened in mind. A normal Christian life needs balance not only between work and rest and play, but also between worship, sacraments, doing, and learning. It needs balance between being alone with God and time with others.
-Shows how spiritual practices are not just for the super-religious, but for every believer
-Encourages readers to partner with others on their spiritual journey in a congregational setting
-Helps readers understand why putting their faith into practice is vital to a deep relationship with God
-Outlines ways to embrace spiritual practices with tools that are accessible and available to every congregation
-Gives ways people can become better integrated into total life of the church and its mission
-Offers an appealing and compelling look at spiritual disciplines.
-Suitable for both Individual and Small Group Study