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Spirituality Types in Ministry Michael G. Hamilton Trans-European Division
What is Spirituality? ‘ruach’ -- breath, spirit, wind. ‘Pneuma’ -- breath, life, spirit, wind. ‘Pneumatikos’ -- spiritual (things relating to life) ‘Spirituality’ -- “That which gives quality to life”
What is Spirituality? Spirituality must be the initiative of God God is a spirit therefore spirituality is man's attempt to understand the depths of God. The Bible suggests that spirituality has to do with worship (John 4:26) Spirituality has also to do with growth. The goal to be reached is godliness therefore spirituality is measured by the character of God.
What is Spirituality? Mankind's aspirations are always beyond himself. We have always sought to emulate characteristics of those we consider to be greater than ourselves. To be truly spiritual we must first acknowledge the existence of the living God, who himself is spiritual. The image of Christ is God's ideal for mankind's spiritual search. To be truly spiritual we must first find out what Christ is like. True Spirituality, then, is an experiential knowledge of God implanted into the consciousness of mankind by exposure to the revealed will of God.
God entering ‘flesh’ effects genuine spirituality. Genesis 2:7 “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, …” Hebrews 2:14-18 “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity….”
When the breath (life) of God enters man (flesh) again, it gives quality of life.
What is Personality? A brief definition would be that personality is made up of the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that make a person unique. In addition to this, personality arises from within the individual and remains fairly consistent throughout life.
Dictionary.com Definition “the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual” “the organized pattern of behavioural characteristics of the individual”
Fundamental Characteristics Consistency - There is generally a recognizable order and regularity to behaviours. Essentially, people act in the same ways or similar ways in a variety of situations.
Fundamental Characteristics It impacts behaviours and actions - Personality does not just influence how we move and respond in our environment; it also causes us to act in certain ways. Multiple expressions - Personality is displayed in more than just behaviour. It can also be seen in our thoughts, feelings, close relationships and other social interactions.
SP E R C E I V I N G N S ENSING P E R C E I V I N G i N TUITION TJ U D G I N G F T HINKING J U D G I N G F EELING