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Liturgy Resources / Worshipers & Citizens Week One

Jan 03, 2018

RESOURCES

BLOG: “You May Not Love What You Think” (James K.A. Smith)

A simple, introduction to Smith’s primary thesis (which is more fully put forth in his book — see below). In this blog, Smith argues that we are shaped by our affections, and that we might not actually love what we think we love.

PAMPHLET: “Creating a Rule of Life” (Michael Jarrett)

For years both individuals and communities have attempted to develop a “rule of life”, which is nothing more than a thoughtful vision for how you will live your life before God and others. In this resource, Michael Jarrett walks through questions and categories you would look at to create a rule of life, and provides practical examples.

VIDEO: “2 Corinthians 3:15-18: How Can I Change?” (John Piper)

In this episode of Look at the Book, John Piper walks through 2 Corinthians 3.15-18 to see how Christians are changed. There are some wonderful truths in this short video.

BOOK: You Are What You Love (James K.A. Smith)

This book presents a compelling argument that we are not primarily “thinking-things”, but beings who are shaped by our loves and affections. Smith rightly reorients Christian discipleship (and the habits of the Christian life) around the idea of “heart curation”, not just gaining information. It is a worthwhile read to understand how habits and liturgies shape our affections, and how our affections shape who we are.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. As we start a new year, we can’t help but make resolutions and promises for how we want to change in 2018. How did you try to change last year? What worked for you? What hasn’t?
  2. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘liturgy’?
  3. How are the liturgies that you practice weekly, daily, and hourly shaping who you are becoming and affecting your loves?
  4. What cultural 'liturgies' have reordered your loves? Where have you been blind or numb to their affect on you? Where have you tried to change? Are you feeling stuck to breaking their power over you?
  5. What is the freedom that comes from the Lord in 2 Corinthians 3:17? What does this freedom have to do with reshaping our loves and changing our habits?
  6. According to verse 18, how do we experience deep and lasting change? 
  7. What liturgies do you need to implement into your life for the intentional work of reordering your affections?
  8. Where have you been resistant to establishing habits and disciplines that behold the glory of God? How will you gaze upon his glory this week?

SERMON

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