LIVING AS MISSIONARY DISCIPLES
TUESDAY EVENINGS (6:30-8:30 PM) BEGINNING OCTOBER 16TH
Discipleship is a call to go inward, to experience an ever-deepening encounter with Jesus Christ, AND a call to go outward, to witness the good news to others. The church is missionary by its very nature, bearing witness to the kingdom of God and carrying on the mission of Jesus. A church that always looks inwardly, to its own internal issues and struggles, is a church that has forsaken its missionary vocation.
Utilizing the Threshold Bible Study program, we will explore how the call to evangelization is at the heart of Scripture in ancient Israel, the life of Jesus, and the apostolic church and how disciples are called to be missionary witnesses of the gospel, living the gospel with joy and hope for the sake of the world. Participants will be asked to engage in personal Scripture Study and reflection inbetween each session, with the knowledge that they will be sharing about their readings and reflections at the next session within the context of a small group.
The underlying premise of this study is based upon the wisdom of Fr. Richard Rohr, who often says, "We do not think ourselves into new ways of living. Rather, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking." Therefore, participants should expect in advance that this will NOT be a lecture-based series (though some lecture and DVD viewing will be included) but, rather, an opportunity to actively engage with others in the common search for how we are being called collectively to live as missionary disciples, and then go forth from our gatherings and actually do it! We will also spend time learning how to pray in ways that will assist you in hearing the gentle voice of God guide you in your discernment process.
In addition, we will hear from members of the Risen Savior community on how they have been living out their specific call to missionary discipleship, with the hope that our participants can discover new ways Christ may be calling them to live out the third part of our parish mission statement: OUR CALL IS TO LOVE & SERVE.