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1 Personality & Spirituality 3 Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas

2 Background  One God, many relationships  Myers-Briggs type indicators  Extravert-Introvert  Sensing-iNtuitive  Thinking-Feeling  Judging-Perceiving  Biblical characters  Historic Church movements  One God, many relationships  Myers-Briggs type indicators  Extravert-Introvert  Sensing-iNtuitive  Thinking-Feeling  Judging-Perceiving  Biblical characters  Historic Church movements

3 Sacred Pathways Loving God naturalist sensate traditionalist ascetic activist caregiver enthusiast contemplative intellectual

4 Sacred Pathways Loving God naturalist sensate traditionalist ascetic activist caregiver enthusiast contemplative intellectual

5 Caregiver  Biblical example  Mordecai  Biblical exhortations  Matt 25  1 John 3:17  Biblical example  Mordecai  Biblical exhortations  Matt 25  1 John 3:17

6 Caregiver  Patterns of caregiving  Caregiver as prophet  Patterns of caregiving  Caregiver as prophet

7 Caregiver  Temptations  Judging  Serving ourselves through serving others  Holding Narrow Definitions  Neglecting Those Closest to Us  Temptations  Judging  Serving ourselves through serving others  Holding Narrow Definitions  Neglecting Those Closest to Us

8 Enthusiast  A feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it:  Skiing  Enthusiastic Christians like to let go and experience God on the precipice of excitement and awe.  A feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it:  Skiing  Enthusiastic Christians like to let go and experience God on the precipice of excitement and awe.

9 Enthusiast  2 definitions of Enthusiast.  Mystery & Celebration  Mystery (of faith)  Supernatural occurrence.  The Unexplained.  2 definitions of Enthusiast.  Mystery & Celebration  Mystery (of faith)  Supernatural occurrence.  The Unexplained.

10 Enthusiast  Mystery  They understand the secrets!  God is central to everything!?  Mystery and reason.  Mystery  They understand the secrets!  God is central to everything!?  Mystery and reason.

11 Enthusiast  Mystery – Joel 2 v 28 & Acts 2 v 17  Dreams (Jacob, Joseph, Daniel)  Visions (Ezekiel, Isaiah, John)  Expectancy  Prayer  Mystery – Joel 2 v 28 & Acts 2 v 17  Dreams (Jacob, Joseph, Daniel)  Visions (Ezekiel, Isaiah, John)  Expectancy  Prayer

12 Enthusiast  Celebration – Jesus is alive!!! Yeah!!!  Enthusiastic Worship – Woo Hoo!!!  Tabernacles, Passover, Pentecost.  David danced. (Many instruments)  Jesus said – If the people are quiet, the rocks will cry out!!!  Celebration – Jesus is alive!!! Yeah!!!  Enthusiastic Worship – Woo Hoo!!!  Tabernacles, Passover, Pentecost.  David danced. (Many instruments)  Jesus said – If the people are quiet, the rocks will cry out!!!

13 Enthusiast  Celebration  Praise services. Celebration services.  Fear of God?  Soul Survivor, Spring Harvest, etc.  Experience for experience sake?  Independent.  Good feelings, or good worship?  Scripture?  Celebration  Praise services. Celebration services.  Fear of God?  Soul Survivor, Spring Harvest, etc.  Experience for experience sake?  Independent.  Good feelings, or good worship?  Scripture?

14 Enthusiast  Have you lost Enthusiasm?  Spend some time with Children.  Have you lost Enthusiasm?  Spend some time with Children.

15 Contemplative Intro:  Seeks to be in God’s presence more than anything – Psalm 63, Song of Songs etc…  Mary (as opposed to Martha) is also a biblical example  Being with God is an end in itself Intro:  Seeks to be in God’s presence more than anything – Psalm 63, Song of Songs etc…  Mary (as opposed to Martha) is also a biblical example  Being with God is an end in itself

16 Contemplative Practices:  Practicing God’s presence through familiar prayer or routine  Secret acts of devotion e.g. an anonymous gift to someone in need…  ‘dancing’ prayer  Less is more Practices:  Practicing God’s presence through familiar prayer or routine  Secret acts of devotion e.g. an anonymous gift to someone in need…  ‘dancing’ prayer  Less is more

17 Contemplative Temptations:  Becoming too heavenly minded for any earthly good  Unhealthy emphasis on the ego  Addiction to experience Temptations:  Becoming too heavenly minded for any earthly good  Unhealthy emphasis on the ego  Addiction to experience


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