This quarter, we will focus on becoming more like Jesus through the intentional practice of Reflection. Included in this practice are the classic spiritual disciplines of self-examination and discernment. Our hope is that through this, you will be formed by the Spirit into a person who is attentive to God’s presence with you each day and can begin to think with God about your days, your circumstances, and your life.
Spiritual practices are a means of being with Jesus so that we become more like him,
are transformed through His Spirit into His image, and ultimately are able to do what He calls us to do. To be with Him is an end in and of itself. In His presence is fullness of joy! (Psalm 16:11) Yet, the result of being with Him is that we will be changed and enabled to live as He created us to live this life. This quarter’s practice of Reflection is an opportunity to better engage God’s presence with us throughout our days and be moved towards gratitude and joy. It is also an opportunity to cultivate a daily rhythm of seeing where we both spurn God’s presence and heed His invitation to confession, repentance, and rest in the assurance of His forgiveness.
Like the previous formation guides, this guide to Reflection is broken into four parts for you to work through sequentially with your Missional Community, on your own, and with your DNA group. Each part builds on the previous one and will help form you into a person who is actively listening to God through His Word, receiving His love, thinking with God throughout your day, and ultimately being transformed to become more like Jesus.
Begin with the Get Started Guide
Part 2: REFLECTING ON OUR LIFE
Part 3: DISCERNING WITH GOD
Part 4: REFLECTION IN COMMUNITY
HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THIS PRACTICE
Learn Together through a Sermon
Each quarter includes learning together in our Sunday gathering about a spiritual formation practice. This sermon sets the foundation and if you miss it, please take time to watch or listen.
Missional Community (or DNA Group) Discussion
Using the Guide, you will work through four parts over the quarter to help you learn about this practice in more depth with your community. Just follow the prompts. Start here before jumping into the individual practices. If you are not currently meeting as a missional community because of COVID (or you are not in an MC), you can also engage in this discussion with your DNA group or on your own.
After discussing the practice with your Missional Community or DNA group, you’re invited to try exercises on your own to help you engage with this practice. Don’t worry about getting it right or being perfect, just try to work through the practice and take note of what was hard, what you enjoyed, and what God was teaching you. You will then reflect on this with your DNA group.
DNA Group Reflection
After you have experienced these practices yourself, your DNA group will meet to reflect on this experience and what God is teaching you through the process. Use the provided questions to guide your DNA conversation, but feel free to let the conservation go beyond these.