Presentation on theme: "Personality & Spirituality 3"— Presentation transcript:
1 Personality & Spirituality 3 Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas
2 Background One God, many relationships Myers-Briggs type indicators Extravert-IntrovertSensing-iNtuitiveThinking-FeelingJudging-PerceivingBiblical charactersHistoric Church movements
3 Sacred Pathways naturalist intellectual sensate Loving God contemplativetraditionalistenthusiastasceticcaregiveractivist
4 Sacred Pathways naturalist intellectual sensate Loving God contemplativetraditionalistenthusiastasceticcaregiveractivist
5 Caregiver Biblical example Biblical exhortations Mordecai Matt 25 1 John 3:17
6 CaregiverPatterns of caregivingCaregiver as prophet
7 Caregiver Temptations Judging Serving ourselves through serving others Holding Narrow DefinitionsNeglecting Those Closest to Us
8 EnthusiastA feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it:SkiingEnthusiastic Christians like to let go and experience God on the precipice of excitement and awe.
10 Enthusiast 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)ExpectancyPrayer
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!!!
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?
14 EnthusiastHave you lost Enthusiasm?Spend some time with Children.
15 ContemplativeIntro: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 exampleBeing with God is an end in itself
16 Contemplative Practices: Practicing God’s presence through familiar prayer or routineSecret acts of devotion e.g. an anonymous gift to someone in need…‘dancing’ prayerLess is more
17 Contemplative Temptations: Becoming too heavenly minded for any earthly goodUnhealthy emphasis on the egoAddiction to experience