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Churchly Spirituality

I am finishing our class, “True Spirituality,” at church seeking to argue that biblical spirituality is earthy, everyday and communal, rooted in the gospel.  This quote from Donald Bloesch is very helpful:

“A spirituality that can ignite the church will furthermore be churchly.  It will seek not the elevation of believers to a higher spiritual plane but their empowering by the Holy Spirit in order to bear witness to the inbreaking of the kingdom of God in human history.  A churchly spiritually will celebrate the redemption of the people of God and not merely the beatitude of the individual soul.  It will not counsel flight from the world but hold out the hope of transforming the world into the kingdom of God.  This transformation will be effected not only by an elitist class of Neo-Brahmins who have discovered the secrets of self-mastery (as in the New Age guru Gerald Heard) but by the company of the faithful empowered and illuminated by the Spirit of God and acting in obedience to the living Christ.”

Donald Bloesch.  Spirituality Old & New: Recovering Authentic Spiritual Life, 14

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