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Crafting a Rule of Life An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way

ISBN-10: 0830835644
ISBN-13: 9780830835645
Edition: 2012
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Description: Your personal rule of life is a holistic description of the Spirit-empowered rhythms and relationships that create, redeem, sustain and transform the life God invites you to humbly fulfill for Christ's glory.All of us have an unwritten personal rule  More...

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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 3/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 190
Size: 9.75" wide x 0.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Your personal rule of life is a holistic description of the Spirit-empowered rhythms and relationships that create, redeem, sustain and transform the life God invites you to humbly fulfill for Christ's glory.All of us have an unwritten personal rule of life. We wake at certain times, get ready for our days in particular ways, use our free time for assorted purposes and practice rhythms of work, hobbies, and worship. There is already a rule in place that you are following. Isn’t it time to give up your unwritten rule and prayerfully write one that more closely matches the heartbeat of God? In this practical workbook Stephen A. Macchia looks to St. Benedict as a guide for discovering your own rule of life in community. It is a process that takes time and concerted effort; you must listen to God and discern what he wants you to be and do for his glory. But through the basic disciplines of Scripture, prayer and reflection in a small group context you will be lead forward in a journey toward Christlikeness. The invitation is transformational, so brace yourself for sweet release. By letting go and trusting God, you will receive the gift of life in its fullest and richest form.

Stephen A. Macchia (Ph.D., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc, a ministry which focuses on the spiritual formation needs of leaders and the spiritual discernment processes of leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. Previously, Macchia served for 14 years as president of Vision New England, a ministry dedicated to equipping and mobilizing Christ-followers in discipleship and evangelism. Macchia is the author of several books, including,Becoming a Healthy Church(Baker, 1999),Becoming a Healthy Disciple(Baker, 2004) andBecoming a Healthy Team(Baker, 2005).

He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Virginia. He has been an editor and writer for Nature and New Scientist.

Foreword
Introduction: Crafting a Personal Rule of Life
Framing Your Personal Rule of Life
Roles: What Are My Primary Relationships?
Gifts: What Are My God-Given Gifts, Talents and Temperament?
Desires: What Are My Deepest Longings and Core Values?
Vision: What Is the Intentional Passion God Has Planted in Me?
Mission: What Am I Currently Doing to Pursue My Vision?
Personal Rule of Life Statements
Forming Your Personal Rule of Life
Time: Spiritual Priorities
Trust: Relational Priorities
Temple: Physical Priorities
Treasure: Financial Priorities
Talent: Missional Priorities
Weaving Together Your Personal Rule of Life
Fulfilling Your Personal Rule of Life
Commitment to the Body of Christ
Context of a Spiritual Community
Conclusion: An Invitation to the Weil-Ordered Way
Resources for Creating a Communal Rule of Life
Suggested Reading on Church History Notables
Four Individuals Crafting Their Personal Rule of Life
Acknowledgments
Notes

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